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  • John Allan, IDFA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and International Standards
    December 12, 2017

    Codex Committee Makes Progress on Follow-Up Formula Standard

    John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, joined more than 350 delegates representing 66 different countries and 39 observer organizations last week in Berlin, Germany, for the 39th Session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses. The committee worked on developing several food and nutrition standards of importance to the dairy industry, including the Codex Standard for Follow-up Formula. Standards, guidelines and other
  • December 12, 2017

    IDFA Launches New Online Buyers’ Guide for Members

    IDFA launched its new IDFA Online Buyers’ Guide this month as an enhanced member service for dairy foods companies and business suppliers to the industry. Produced and hosted in conjunction with MultiView, IDFA’s digital publishing partner, the Buyers’ Guide offers features and functions that make it easy to find all the products and services dairy companies need, such as processing and packaging equipment, materials, ingredients, lab equipment, sanitation and maintenance supplies, distribution and transportation equipment, and a variety of services that offer innovative and cost-effective business solutions.
  • December 12, 2017

    Front-of-Pack Labeling Moving Forward in Canada

    Canada is moving forward on a new labeling mandate that would require front-of-package labeling, in addition to changes to nutrition facts labeling, for all foods and beverages sold by 2021. Health Canada recently issued a request for consultants to help develop the symbols, which will highlight the amount of sugar, sodium and saturated fat in each product in an effort to warn consumers that products high in these nutrients are a public health concern. The request said the development process will run through 2019.
  • December 12, 2017

    FDA Memo Highlights Adopted Changes to 2017 PMO

    The 36th National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) held last May reviewed 98 proposals for changes to the Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) and related NCIMS documents. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration issued Memorandum IMS-a-51 with the final adopted changes, which were approved during the NCIMS Executive Board meeting in October.
  • December 12, 2017

    ‘Dairy Delivers,’ IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at Iowa

    The dairy products industry in Iowa employs more than 15,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $600 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $3.88 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank 15th 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 Dairy Delivers. The tool is designed to help tell the story of the economic power of the dairy products industry.
  • Dave Carlin, IDFA SVP, welcomes Reps. Collin Peterson (D-MN) and G.T. Thompson (R-PA) to the reception.
    December 07, 2017

    Lawmakers, Industry Leaders Celebrate Dairy on Capitol Hill

    As soon as the Capitol Hill tree lighting ceremony concluded yesterday, IDFA opened its inaugural Celebration of Dairy reception to encourage members of Congress and their staffs to kick-off the holiday season with dairy treats. Nearly 300 attendees, including Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS), Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), Rep. G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and FDA Deputy Commissioner Stephen Ostroff, came to enjoy eggnog, a variety of cheeses and a sampling of holiday ice cream flavors. The reception was at 101 Constitution Avenue Northwest on the 9th floor terrace overlooking the U.S. Capitol building and the Capitol Hill Christmas ...
  • December 07, 2017

    Thanks to Members for Making Celebration of Dairy Reception a Success

    IDFA thanks the member companies that provided generous donations of eggnog, cheese and ice cream to the inaugural Celebration of Dairy reception on Dec.6. Nearly 300 people, including members of Congress, their staffs and other friends of dairy, stopped by the event at 101 Constitution Avenue, next to the Capitol building.
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO, IDFA
    December 06, 2017

    Dykes Named One of Top 40 Association CEOs in 2017

    DCA Live, a local media company covering the D.C. business community, this week honored Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, as one of Washington’s top association leaders. The company named Dykes a “2017 Trending 40 Association CEO” for his work advancing IDFA’s mission this year. More than 225 association leaders and professionals attended an event last night that honored Dykes and the other CEOs.
  • Dykes announced his Four-Point Focus action plan last January at Dairy Forum.
    December 06, 2017

    It’s Been a Year of Review and Rebuilding, Says Dykes

    “I’ve just completed my first year at the helm of IDFA, and it’s truly a joy to reflect on all that’s happened during that brief time,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, in his December column for Dairy Foods. “When I started, I launched a Four-Point Focus action plan centered on people, member value, relationships and operational excellence, and the past 12 months have been a period of review and rebuilding for IDFA.” Dykes highlighted several successes, such as attracting new members, forging stronger relationships with other dairy organizations and collaborating more effectively, as well as making solid progress on dairy policy, trade and regulations.
  • December 05, 2017

    Dairy Leaders Hit Capitol Hill to Talk Trade, Farm Bill

    Members of IDFA’s board of directors arrived in Washington, D.C., this week to meet with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill and senior members of the Trump administration at the White House complex and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During the next two days, the dairy leaders will discuss IDFA’s farm bill priorities and the importance of a proactive U.S. trade agenda. "When company executives take time to come to town, both congressional and administration leaders want to hear what they have to say,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO.
  • Ted McKinney, Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, USDA
    December 05, 2017

    USDA’s Top Trade Official to Headline International Sweetener Colloquium

    Ted McKinney, the first undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will deliver the keynote address at the International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 11-14 in Orlando. He will provide an inside look at the administration’s views on the current trade agenda and how USDA is addressing issues facing sweetener users and producers. McKinney is the administration’s top official charged with advancing U.S. agricultural export interests and a key decision-maker when it comes to USDA’s actions under the U.S. sugar program.
  • November 29, 2017

    IDFA Members Call for Aggressive Pursuit of Trade Agreements

    As part of IDFA’s efforts to advocate for current and future free-trade agreements that would increase market access for U.S. dairy products, IDFA is working with the CEOs of several member companies to place pro-trade opinion pieces in national and regional news outlets. Andrei Mikhalevsky, president and CEO of California Dairies, Inc., and Stan Ryan, president and CEO of Darigold, Inc., recently wrote “Trade agreements critical to Northwest's dairy industry,” which appeared this month in the Yakima Herald-Republic in Washington state. They outlined the importance of international trade to the growth of the dairy foods business in the Pacific Northwest and its impact on the overall health of the U.S. economy.
  • November 29, 2017

    ‘Dairy Delivers,’ IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at Washington State

    The dairy products industry in Washington state employs more than 18,000 skilled individuals, generates $830.83 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $3.92 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank 13th 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 Dairy Delivers. The tool is designed to help tell the story of the economic power of the dairy products industry.
  • November 29, 2017

    US to Continue Active Role In WIPO, Fight for IP Rights

    American companies rely on the leadership of the United States in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to protect and enforce U.S. intellectual property (IP) rights abroad, but the U.S. government risked losing its seat at the table until last week. In response to a letter spearheaded by IDFA and signed by 19 other trade associations, the U.S. State Department last week released 85 percent of its dues to WIPO, ensuring that the U.S. government can continue its role in the organization that protects and enforces American IP rights abroad. For dairy, U.S. representation in WIPO is critical to help prevent other countries from using geographical indications to restrict the use of common cheese names.
  • November 29, 2017

    China Lowers Tariffs on US Cheese

    The Chinese government last week announced it will reduce import tariffs on 187 consumer products, including six U.S. dairy products, starting Dec. 1. They are categorized as varieties of grated and powdered cheeses, non-grated or powdered processed cheese, blue-veined cheese, other cheese, hydrolyzed protein formula and prepackaged infant foods. According to a report in Bloomberg, China’s Ministry of Finance released a statement on the reductions Friday, citing the need to help consumers access quality and specialty products that aren’t widely produced locally. China is one of the fastest growing dairy export markets and the third largest market for U.S. dairy products, valued at more than $386 million.
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