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  • August 10, 2017

    Canada Allocates Increased Access for EU Cheese Under CETA

    The Canadian government last week announced allocations of tariff-rate quotas for cheese imports from the European Union under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The agreement, which goes into effect September 21, further restricts the limited access that U.S. cheese exporters have to the Canadian market. IDFA has been critical of CETA since the details of the agreement were released more than two years ago. The association has repeatedly asked the U.S. government to seek greater market access for American dairy companies.
  • August 10, 2017

    John Allan: Industry Efforts Against Listeria Enhance Strong Food Safety Record

    John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, explains in his Dairy Foods “Rules & Regs” column this month that the dairy industry has made great progress in devising strategies to prevent product contamination from Listeria monocytogenes. Noting that U.S. dairy products are among the safest in the world, Allan said having a solid understanding of the risks in plants and continuously learning from experiences is the best way to ensure success and improve the industry’s strong food safety record.
  • Carmen Rottenberg, Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    August 10, 2017

    USDA Announces Acting Food Safety Division Leaders

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week announced two acting leaders for its food safety division who will serve until presidential nominees for the positions are confirmed by the Senate. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue named Carmen Rottenberg as acting deputy undersecretary for food safety and Paul Kiecker as acting administrator for the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Although FSIS does not regulate dairy food production directly, it has jurisdiction over the safety of meat and poultry products, which include foods such as frozen, meat-topped pizzas with cheese and other foods containing dairy products.
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, visits The Washington Post.
    August 02, 2017

    Dykes Talks IDFA Priorities with Media

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, embarked on a media tour last week, meeting with reporters at top Washington, D.C., and food industry media outlets who cover issues that are important to IDFA members and the dairy industry. During these deskside briefings, Dykes outlined IDFA’s views and priorities with key reporters at The Washington Post, as well as POLITICO, CQ Roll Call and Inside U.S. Trade, which are policy-focused publications. He also met with a reporter for Food DIVE, a new digital outlet. The media tour, which will continue with other publications in the weeks ahead, aims to position Dykes and IDFA as sources of up-to-date, insightful information on the dairy industry. “If last week’s meetings are any indication, we are making great progress toward raising IDFA’s visibility,” said Peggy Armstrong, IDFA vice president of communications.
  • August 02, 2017

    IDFA Calls for Increased Flexibility and Clarity on FDA’s Guidance on Listeria

    In comments filed yesterday with the Food and Drug Administration, IDFA supported the agency’s efforts to develop guidance on the control of Listeria monocytogenes (Lm.) in ready-to-eat foods and welcomed its focus on encouraging food companies to conduct regular testing. Noting several points that need increased flexibility and clarification, IDFA encouraged FDA to continue working with industry to ensure that the final guidance would reflect the collective experience of all stakeholders. “We are strongly committed to collaborating with FDA to ensure that our members have the best available information regarding listeria control, so we can ensure food safety for our consumers,” IDFA said.
  • August 02, 2017

    IDFA Quantifies Economic Impact of Dairy – and It’s a Powerful Picture

    The dairy foods industry today directly employs nearly one million workers, pays $39.46 billion in wages and contributes more than $206.89 billion to the national economy, according to a powerful new economic impact tool commissioned by IDFA. To support its policy positions with members of Congress, the White House and federal regulators, IDFA is using the interactive economic impact tool to show the economic stimulus provided nationally and locally by dairy foods companies and their suppliers.
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA President and CEO
    August 02, 2017

    Dykes Highlights Dairy Trade Priorities at USTR Roundtable

    IDFA joined 14 other leaders of food and agriculture organizations this week at a roundtable discussion hosted by Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Trade Representative. The leaders met to discuss the administration’s trade policy for agriculture and highlight their trade priorities. Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, provided brief remarks about the importance of preserving the U.S. dairy market with Mexico and said all available tools should be brought to bear to address the Canadian milk pricing issues beginning with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation and ending with a World Trade Organization case, if necessary, or even a combination of the two. He also stressed the need to start the NAFTA renegotiation with nothing less than the expanded market access granted under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and to build on that model. IDFA provided specific suggestions to USTR on how to expand on the TPP results.
  • August 02, 2017

    IDFA Clarifies Status of Regulations on Administration’s Unified Agenda

    The White House Office of Management and Budget has announced plans to withdraw and reconsider regulations it called “ineffective, duplicative and obsolete” in the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions it released last month. The administration updates the Unified Agenda twice every year and includes regulatory agendas from all federal regulatory agencies that currently have regulations under development or review. The current agenda is of interest to IDFA members because it includes status updates for key regulations affecting dairy companies.
  • Tony Eberhard, IDFA Vice President of Legislative Affairs
    August 02, 2017

    Hill of Beans

    While members of Congress head home for the summer, the halls of the House buildings are noticeably quiet, writes Tony Eberhard, IDFA vice president of legislative affairs, in his “Hill of Beans” column this week. Some representatives, however, have taken their work on the road, with House Agriculture Committee leaders holding farm bill listening sessions this month. Eberhard says, “Now is the time to make your voice heard by some of the decision-makers who will be writing the next farm bill. So, if you’re close to one of these listening sessions, this is a great opportunity to take your own road trip.”
  • Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN.) enjoyed a Blizzard during his visit to International Dairy Queen's Franchise Support Center in 2015.
    August 02, 2017

    August Is ‘Take Your Legislator to Work’ Month

    Though the Senate remains in session, House representatives are headed home for August recess. Now is an ideal time for dairy processors across the country to use this legislative downtime to host members of Congress at their processing facilities for educational tours. For IDFA members, plant tours offer an excellent way to connect on a personal level with lawmakers, allowing them to see firsthand what dairy businesses need to be successful. “With yet another Farm Bill on the horizon, the timing is opportune for IDFA members to connect or reconnect with their legislators,” said Dave Carlin, IDFA senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy. “Maintaining and growing these relationships is critical for IDFA’s legislative success, and we’re happy to help you plan these visits.”
  • August 02, 2017

    IDFA’s Ice Cream Month Celebration Gains Great Coverage

    While IDFA may be best known for throwing summertime ice cream parties in Washington, this July the association spread its celebration of National Ice Cream Month through national and local media outlets, reaching many more ice cream lovers all across America. IDFA’s ice cream survey findings garnered more than 50 placements on local television stations around the country, and IDFA was mentioned or featured in more than 20 outlets, including the Washington Post, Food and Wine, Forbes and MIC, an online news platform. IDFA thanks the members who responded to the survey for helping make the media outreach activities a resounding success.
  • July 26, 2017

    IDFA Submits Testimony for Senate Ag Committee Farm Bill Hearing

    The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing this week on the commodity and credit titles of the 2018 farm bill that included discussions on risk management tools and trends. IDFA submitted written testimony highlighting the importance of incorporating dairy policy provisions that will enhance demand for U.S. dairy products at home and in global markets. “First and foremost, the dairy industry needs better mechanisms for risk management – and that’s on both the farm and processor side,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, in the testimony.
  • July 26, 2017

    Coalition to Oppose GI Protections in Japan-EU Trade Pact

    The Consortium for Common Food Names, of which IDFA is a founding member, is working to ensure that generic names for certain cheeses can remain in use in Japan, following the recently announced free trade agreement between Japan and the European Union. The coalition plans to file objections to the inclusion of several food names on the proposed list of protected geographical indications (GIs) in the agreement. The list contains more than 200 agricultural GI protections, including common cheese names like asiago, feta, fontina, gorgonzola and Roquefort.
  • July 26, 2017

    USDA to Allow More Sugar Imports

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week announced it will allow an additional 269,724 short tons raw value (STRV) of sugar imports into the United States through October 31. The change is one of several adjustments USDA is making to the U.S. sugar program to ensure an adequate supply of raw cane sugar, which is in high demand by U.S. food manufacturers. The United States is a net importer of sugar, and more than 200 IDFA members depend on an adequate supply of sugar to produce their products.
  • July 26, 2017

    IDFA Takes Ice Cream on a Monthlong Social Celebration

    Members of Congress, their staffs and employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture aren’t the only ones partying with IDFA this National Ice Cream Month. Through its @dairyidfa accounts on social media, IDFA has expanded the celebration online, uniting ice cream lovers around the world and encouraging them to share exciting visuals of their favorite dessert. To keep the party going, IDFA brought back two of its most popular features this month: a new slate of Sunday Sundae recipe videos and the return of the IDFA Instagram Ice Cream Photo Contest. So far, hundreds of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube users have engaged with IDFA’s content, helping to amplify the enjoyment of America’s favorite treat.
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