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  • June 06, 2017

    IDFA to Highlight Dairy During OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration next week will host “Safe + Sound Week,” an inaugural nationwide effort to raise awareness of the value and importance of proactive workplace safety programs. The campaign, which will run June 12-18, will celebrate programs that include leaders committed to continual improvement, robust worker participation and a systematic approach to finding and eliminating potential hazards in workplaces. IDFA plans to participate on social media using the campaign’s hashtag #SafeandSound. Throughout the week, IDFA will showcase the 137 recipients of its 2016 Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards and Achievement Certificates, as well as share messages from participating member companies.
  • June 01, 2017

    Raise a Glass: It’s World Milk Day

    IDFA is joining dairy lovers around the world today in celebrating the 17th annual World Milk Day with a “cheers!” to milk, recognizing both the nutrition and enjoyment that dairy brings. IDFA invites members to raise a glass in a toast to milk – and kick off June as National Dairy Month. The festivities are taking a new spin this year with the launch of a new promotional campaign called "Undeniably Dairy™.” Check out new videos from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, which is sponsoring the Undeniably Dairy™ campaign. IDFA and many member companies are supporting the campaign by sharing fun facts, compelling narratives and engaging graphics to highlight the many healthy, flavorful and fun ways to choose dairy.
  • May 31, 2017

    USDA Outlines New School Milk Options; IDFA Posts Materials Members Can Use

    With many schools getting ready for summer recess, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released a memo that explains how foodservice authorities can gain exemptions to bring back low-fat flavored milk to their cafeterias and campuses in the fall. The memo implements language in the fiscal year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill that was enacted in early May, which allows states to grant special exemption requests from schools for the service of low-fat flavored milk in school meal programs and as a competitive food. IDFA has developed materials that members can use to help schools apply for exemptions and support their requests.
  • May 31, 2017

    Administration Proposes New FMMO User Fees in FY 2018 Budget

    Last week, the Trump administration issued its proposed federal budget for FY 2018. The budget proposal would cut many U.S. Department of Agriculture programs and reduce the department’s workforce by 5.5 percent. In addition, the administration proposes to save $29 billion from the crop insurance program and $193 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over 10 years. The proposed budget also includes a legislative proposal that would allow the department to collect a new user fee from the industries that benefit from the marketing orders and agreements programs, including the Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMO), to “recover the full cost of the agency’s oversight of these programs.”
  • May 31, 2017

    USTR Solicits Comments on NAFTA Modernization Goals

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) last week published a Federal Register notice asking for public comment on negotiating objectives regarding the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The notice is the second step in the process to negotiate updates to the 23-year-old trade agreement. IDFA plans to submit comments before the June 12 deadline and is soliciting feedback from member companies. “A modernized NAFTA must protect existing market access and push forward where the agreement failed, said Beth Hughes, IDFA director of international affairs. “We need to hear members’ top priorities to make that happen.”
  • May 31, 2017

    IDFA Welcomes Legislation to End Cuba Trade Embargo

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers last week introduced major legislation in the Senate that would lift the Cuba trade embargo and eliminate legal barriers to Americans doing business in the country. The “Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2017” bill, introduced by Sens. Mike Enzi (R-WY), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), aims to expand economic opportunities for American companies by boosting U.S. exports and giving Cubans greater access to American goods. IDFA welcomes the senators’ efforts and will continue to support congressional efforts that push for the removal of the embargo and for free trade between the two countries.
  • John Allan, IDFA; Clay Hough, IDFA; Jamie Jonker, National Milk Producers Federation; Beth Briczinski, National Milk Producers Federation; Cary Frye, IDFA
    May 24, 2017

    NCIMS Passes Additional Dairy Provisions at Biennial Conference

    The National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments conference, which was held May 12-17 in Grand Rapids, Mich., drew a record-breaking audience of 400 regulators and industry stakeholders from 49 states and Puerto Rico. More than 100 participants from nearly 50 IDFA member companies attended the conference, along with Cary Frye, IDFA vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs and NCIMS program chair, and other members of IDFA’s regulatory staff. Members may log in to read an executive summary of the proposals passed at the conference.
  • May 24, 2017

    IDFA Urges US Officials to Challenge WHO Dairy Restrictions at World Health Assembly this Week

    IDFA is continuing to urge federal officials to stand up against World Health Organization (WHO) actions that pressure foreign governments to adopt policies discouraging the consumption of dairy products by young children. Most recently, IDFA called on Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who is attending this week’s World Health Assembly annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, to raise concerns about the negative impact these actions could have on the health of millions of children who rely on dairy products for nutrition.
  • May 24, 2017

    IDFA Supports EPA Decision to Delay Risk Management Program Changes

    In comments filed last week with the Environmental Protection Agency, IDFA said the agency’s final amendments to its Risk Management Program (RMP) fall short of their intended goals, will have a negative impact on the dairy industry and should be delayed and revised. While IDFA supports efforts to modernize and streamline RMP requirements, which regulate the industry’s use of chemicals in refrigeration systems and wastewater treatment, these proposed amendments will not help to prevent chemical accidents or minimize their impact on communities.
  • May 24, 2017

    IDFA Supports OSHA Delay on Workplace Recordkeeping Requirement

    The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has announced plans to delay its July 1, 2017, compliance date requiring companies to submit electronic forms as part of its “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule. In an update posted to the OSHA recordkeeping website, the agency announced the delay but did not mention a new compliance date or an expected time frame for announcing one.
  • May 24, 2017

    What Should Dairy Expect Regarding ‘Natural’ and ‘Healthy’ Claims?

    The biggest driver for dairy foods companies to change their labels is responding to consumers' demand for clear labeling information, especially regarding marketing claims. But when food companies use the terms “healthy” and “natural” on their labels, these terms do not always mean the same things to consumers, advocates and regulators. IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP, June 12-13, in Washington, D.C., will explore the current definitions of these terms, look at what consumers understand and discuss the different regulatory changes the Food and Drug Administration may make for these claims.
  • May 22, 2017

    Look Who’s Joined IDFA

    IDFA welcomed three new members in May. Cacique, Inc., a family-owned company producing Mexican-style cheeses, chorizos and cremas, became a member of the National Cheese Institute. Minor Dairy Limited, producer of premium ice cream products and toppings for food brands, such as the Swenson's brand, and several Asian franchises for Dairy Queen and Burger King, became an International Member. Aripack, a packaging supplier offering complete packaging solutions, including flexible and rigid packaging, lids and lidding film and packaging equipment, became a Business Partner.
  • May 22, 2017

    Congress Asks Commerce to Consider U.S. Impact of Increasing Tariffs on Mexican Sugar

    The Coalition for Sugar Reform, of which IDFA is a member, last week commended a bipartisan group of 51 members of the U.S. House of Representatives for urging the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to consider how the outcome of U.S.-Mexico sugar negotiations will affect consumer prices and American manufacturing jobs in the food and beverage industry. Earlier this month, the department declared that the it had reached ‘an impasse’ in talks with Mexico on sugar trade disputes and would ‘resume the collection of antidumping and countervailing duties on sugar imports starting June 5, 2017, unless an agreement is reached by then.
  • May 18, 2017

    Foreign Supplier Verification Programs to Take Effect May 30

    Starting May 30, the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act will require all food companies, even those exempt from the rule, to provide information to the Food and Drug Administration to ensure imported products are allowed across the U.S. border. The rule requires companies importing foods regulated by the FDA to provide specific identification for their imported foods, while other companies are expected to submit documentation indicating that the food products are exempt or that the compliance date has not yet occurred for those products.
  • May 17, 2017

    New “Undeniably Dairy™’ Campaign Highlights All That’s Good About Dairy

    The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy launched on Monday a new campaign called "Undeniably Dairy™" to remind Americans of all that is good about dairy, starting at the farm and ending with an ever-growing variety of foods they love. The multiyear effort is the first campaign of its kind. The campaign will be fully revealed in June through an online video that showcases the joy of dairy in everyday life, while spotlighting producers’ and processors’ contributions to their communities.
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