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  • October 04, 2017

    FDA Proposes Extending Nutrition Facts Compliance Date to January 2020

    The Food and Drug Administration last week proposed extending the compliance date for updates to the Nutrition Facts label from July 26, 2018, to Jan. 1, 2020. The announcement formalizes the agency’s intent to delay implementation to this date, which was first hinted at by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., during a POLITICO event earlier this month. “While not final, the proposed delay provides much-needed clarity to dairy companies left wondering when the rule would go into effect,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs. “It indicates that FDA understands companies need more time to overhaul their product labels.”
  • High school students tour Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. this month ahead of MFGDAY.
    October 04, 2017

    Join IDFA in Celebrating National Manufacturing Day

    IDFA is taking to social media Friday, Oct. 6, to celebrate dairy product manufacturing’s positive impact on the U.S. economy during National Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) and is inviting members to join the celebration. MFG DAY garners hundreds of thousands of participants every year and provides an opportunity for IDFA and member companies to underscore the vital role of dairy manufacturers in the United States economy. IDFA, an official endorser of MFG DAY, will engage its social audience of nearly 8,000 users on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with positive messages, facts and images illustrating the important work of dairy manufacturing companies. Members can search @dairyidfa on all three platforms for IDFA posts to share.
  • October 04, 2017

    Earn 16 CPE Credits at Accounting and Finance Workshop

    The complexities of milk pricing and Federal Milk Marketing Orders are only a few of the issues facing chief financial officers, financial managers and accountants in the dairy industry today. Changing industry benchmarks and possible tax reform are timely topics that financial managers must stay on top of, in addition to all the federal regulations and dairy accounting practices. To help members stay current, IDFA and Herbein + Company, Inc. are presenting the Dairy Accounting and Finance Workshop, Dec. 12-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The intensive two-day course will allow attendees to earn 16 Accounting and Auditing Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.
  • October 04, 2017

    IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool Highlights Minnesota Dairy Companies

    The dairy products industry in Minnesota employs nearly 25,000 skilled individuals, generates $1.16 billion in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $9.4 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank sixth among the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in contributions to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2017, according to IDFA’s economic impact tool. The tool is designed to help tell the story of the economic power of the dairy products industry.
  • September 27, 2017

    Dykes Joins NAFTA Negotiators at Third Round of Talks in Canada

    The third round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) concluded this week in Ottawa, Canada, where Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, engaged with U.S. negotiators as a cleared agricultural advisor. During the talks, Dykes participated in several briefings and consulted with U.S. congressional staff, U.S. negotiators and Jacques Lefebvre, president and CEO of the Dairy Processors Association of Canada. Dykes learned that negotiators plan to discuss dairy issues in later rounds.The next round of talks is set for Oct. 11-15 in Washington, D.C.
  • September 27, 2017

    IDFA Briefs Senate Staffers on EU Tactics to Erect Trade Barriers

    IDFA joined representatives from three other organizations and officials from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in hosting a briefing on Capitol Hill last week. They explained how the European Union’s bilateral trade pacts restricting the use of common food names are causing harm to U.S. companies and exports. The briefing on the EU’s overreach on geographical indications drew several staff members who work for senators serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is tasked with protecting trade and commerce against unlawful restraints.
  • (L-R) Shawna Morris, U.S. IDF vice chair, National Milk Producers Federation; Cary Frye, U.S. IDF Chair, IDFA; and Aurélie Dubois-Lozier technical manager, IDF.
    September 27, 2017

    US IDF Endorses Global Sustainable Development Goals

    The U.S. National Committee of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) yesterday endorsed IDF’s declaration to support sustainable development goals, such as providing food security and protecting the environment around the world. Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs and chair of U.S. IDF, signed an endorsement of the Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam during a committee meeting in Rosemont, Ill., along with Shawna Morris, U.S. IDF vice chair and vice president, trade policy, for the National Milk Producers Federation.
  • Marsha Koerner, vice president of operations at Perry’s Ice Cream Co. and officer of the New York State Association for Food Protection, (left) welcomes Peggy Armstrong, IDFA vice president of communications, to the group's annual conference.
    September 27, 2017

    Got Crisis? Have a Plan, IDFA Tells New York Food Safety Pros

    An effective business continuity plan anticipates the unexpected, provides a roadmap to manage a crisis and is driven by a strong, cross-functional team, said Peggy Armstrong, IDFA vice president of communications, last week at a meeting of the New York State Association for Food Protection. Armstrong presented a session on business continuity planning and crisis management at the association’s 94th Annual Conference held in Syracuse, New York. “This is a group of people who are doing everything possible to keep our food supply safe. It was a privilege to talk with them about how crisis management and good communications can help to protect the public’s trust when something goes wrong,” said Armstrong.
  • Dan O’Connor, President and CEO of RetailNet Group
    September 27, 2017

    Dairy and Drones? Dairy Forum 2018 to Look at Retail’s Future

    Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods last summer may have rocked the retail world, but it delighted consumers who are increasingly buying products online. Do your products and delivery systems match these market changes and consumer demands? Will they adapt to the future of retail technology? To help members meet the challenge, IDFA’s Dairy Forum 2018, Jan. 21-24, will feature remarks from Dan O’Connor, one of the leading authorities on retail growth strategies.
  • September 27, 2017

    IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool Highlights Pennsylvania Dairy Companies

    The dairy products industry in Pennsylvania employs more than 45,000 skilled individuals, generates $1.75 billion in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $8.9 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank fifth among the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in contributions to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2017, according to IDFA’s economic impact tool. The tool is designed to help tell the story of the economic power of the dairy products industry.
  • September 27, 2017

    Tell Us How Milk Crate Loss Affects Your Company

    For years, the theft of milk crates has been a pervasive and costly problem for the dairy industry. In 2009, dairy companies surveyed said they lost an estimated $80 million annually on milk crates. To update this information, IDFA is surveying members that use milk crates about current losses and loss-prevention methods. The results will help IDFA demonstrate the impact of milk crate theft on the dairy industry to law enforcement and produce a best-practices guide to help the industry prevent future losses. IDFA encourages companies that use milk crates to complete the survey by Sept. 30, 2017.
  • September 21, 2017

    Geographical Indications in New EU-Canada Trade Agreement Violate International Trade Commitments

    The European Union-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) was provisionally implemented today. Of deep concern to the U.S. dairy industry is the automatic protection the EU gained for five generic cheese names: “asiago,” “feta,” “fontina,” “gorgonzola” and “munster.” “The outcome in CETA on GIs goes against the very core of a trade agreement, which is to remove trade barriers – not erect new ones – and allow for greater competition,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA. “We are diligently working to ensure strong provisions that protect generic terms are included in NAFTA 2.0, as well as to discourage Mexico from going down the Canadian path as it negotiates a GIs list with the EU.”
  • Ted McKinney, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture
    September 21, 2017

    Nominee for USDA Undersecretary Addresses Dairy Issues in Hearing

    The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing this week to consider the nominations of Stephen Censky as deputy secretary of agriculture and Ted McKinney as undersecretary of agriculture for trade and foreign agricultural affairs (TFAA) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During the hearing, McKinney, who currently is director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, made two positive comments about priority issues for the dairy industry: Codex and trade agreements. IDFA has urged senators to approve Cenksy and McKinney for the USDA positions.
  • September 20, 2017

    Ensure Your Labels are Up to Speed; Attend IDFA Labeling Webinar

    To better help companies navigate FDA's complex labeling rules and their evolving implementation timetable, IDFA is offering its popular webinar, “Introduction to Dairy Product Labeling,” Nov. 28 and 29. Delivered in two sessions, the webinar will run each day from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern time. It will provide important details on FDA’s regulations for revising the Nutrition Facts label and food serving sizes. IDFA subject matter experts will answer questions about producing compliant and effective product labels.
  • September 20, 2017

    IDFA Supports Senate Call for Accountability in UN and Other International Groups

    A Senate Appropriations Committee report released last week stressed the need for U.S. leadership in international organizations and called for greater accountability from groups including the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Michael Dykes, D.V.M, IDFA president and CEO, supported the call. “In the United States, our industry is held accountable for complying with rigorous regulations required to be transparently developed, scientifically based and cost-effective,” he said. “We believe that international policymaking bodies should be held to the same high level of accountability if members of these organizations want to see real benefits.”
 
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