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  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, (left) shares a scoop with Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Steve Censky.
    July 19, 2018

    USDA Ice Cream Party a Sweet Success

    IDFA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today celebrated National Ice Cream Day, which was July 15, by highlighting the frozen dairy industry’s contribution to the U.S. economy and tasting some of the nation’s finest ice creams. 20 IDFA-member companies generously provided a broad array of ice cream flavors for a party at the department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, opened the celebration by thanking Agriculture Deputy Secretary Steve Censky for the department’s ongoing support of the dairy industry on several key issues, including increasing opportunities for trade, expanding milk options for children through the School Lunch Program and working to modernize the fluid milk pricing formula.
  • July 18, 2018

    Administration Asks WTO to Intervene in Tariff Trade Off

    The Trump administration this week challenged retaliatory tariffs imposed by five U.S. trading partners by filing a dispute with the World Trade Organization (WTO). The move is latest escalation in trade tensions between the United States and countries with important markets for dairy, which began when America imposed steel and aluminum tariffs in April. In the cases, U.S. trade officials said that retaliatory tariffs imposed by China, the European Union, Canada, Mexico and Turkey on American goods are not in line with WTO rules.
  • July 18, 2018

    FDA to Issue New Guidance on Use of the Term “Milk”

    Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said that the agency plans to issue new guidance related to use of the term “milk” for marketing and labeling of non-dairy products such as soy, rice, coconut and almond products. The guidance would provide clarity on how the standard of identity for milk applies to non-dairy foods, according to POLITICO, a Washington, D.C., policy publication. “There will be people who make a counter argument that almond milk should be able to call itself milk, but we do have a standard of identity and I do intend to enforce that,” Commissioner Gottlieb said, speaking to audience members attending a POLITICO event in Washington.
  • July 18, 2018

    FDA Could Soon Regulate Cell-Cultured Food Products

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering creating food safety and labeling rules for animal tissue produced through cell-culture technology, an emerging technology allowing companies to create animal food products without animals. The association recently attended the agency’s first public meeting on foods produced using this technology, which focused on food safety regulations. IDFA is closely monitoring these developments because of the food safety and labeling implications for dairy foods made with similar technology.
  • July 18, 2018

    Washington Weekly: NAFTA, Farm Bill and Political Prognostications

    Washington Weekly is IDFA’s new periodic update curating policy news from the nation’s capital. This week, the Mexican Ambassador to the United States shares his optimism for progress on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); members of Congress look to make progress on the 2018 Farm Bill; and political handicappers analyze the Supreme Court nominee.
  • July 18, 2018

    Enhance Food Safety Skillset at Dairy Lab Course

    IDFA and Chestnut Labs are hosting the “Microbiological Testing: A Hands-on Food Safety Course,” Nov. 6-8 in Springfield, Missouri, to help dairy plant professionals learn the latest in good laboratory practices and develop skills to build a strong food safety program for their companies. Designed for quality assurance staff, lab personnel, microbiology technicians and other food safety professionals, the course will show attendees how to identify, test for and mitigate microorganisms in a dairy manufacturing environment.
  • July 17, 2018

    Is Blockchain Dairy’s Future? Hear from Walmart Food Safety VP

    What’s blockchain? It’s what America’s biggest retailer, Walmart, is now using to trace its offerings from farm-to-shelf, improving food safety and traceability in a matter of seconds. A webinar coming August 7 to IDFA’s Knowledge Center will feature Walmart’s Vice President for Food Safety, Frank Yiannas, who is one of the world’s foremost experts on applying blockchain to food production and sales. He’ll help dairy foods companies understand the technology and learn the consumer, production and profitability benefits its application. The webinar will be hosted at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time and is offered at no cost to members.
  • July 17, 2018

    Dairy Delivers℠, IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at Rhode Island

    The dairy products industry in Rhode Island employs more than 3,300 skilled individuals, generates more than $106 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $1.12 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 45th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in contributions to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2017, according to IDFA’s economic impact tool, Dairy Delivers℠.
  • July 11, 2018

    IDFA Unveils Dairy Forum 2019 Theme: Dairy Forward

    IDFA launched this week a new Dairy Forum 2019 website complete with agenda highlights, featured speakers and the program theme: Dairy Forward. Dairy leaders and teams are invited to register for the industry’s premier event, January 20-23 in Orlando, Florida, and make plans now to learn new paths to excellence and success. “Dairy Forum is the industry’s premier event, bringing together dairy leaders to set the agenda for the year ahead,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “We’re excited to unveil this year’s powerful program of high-caliber speakers and a wide range of leading experts to advance the industry on the path forward to growth and prosperity.”
  • July 11, 2018

    US Dairy’s Top Three Export Markets Increase Tariffs

    Fulfilling their promises to retaliate against tariffs imposed by the U.S. administration, Mexico, Canada and China last week began enforcing increased tariff rates on a wide variety of U.S. dairy products. “These new tariffs will have a significant impact on IDFA members who export their products to these countries,” said Beth Hughes, IDFA director of international affairs. “We’re taking these new developments very seriously. We’re conducting frequent discussions with administration officials to promote equitable trade and continually communicating IDFA members’ concerns to top trade officials.”
  • July 11, 2018

    IDFA Clarifies Updates to FDA’s Dairy Exporter Lists

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched in 2016 its Dairy Listing Module (DLM), which is an electronic system to facilitate applications from U.S. manufacturers and processors of milk products to be included on lists of firms eligible to export to the China, Chile and countries in the European Union (EU). These countries use the lists to identify U.S. dairy exporters that are eligible to ship dairy products to their countries. FDA announced this week that a new Export Listing Module (ELM) will replace the DLM and include non-dairy products as well. IDFA members that export dairy products to these countries will now be required to use the ELM to be included on the list of eligible firms.
  • Pictured: Sanjeev Anand, (left) Professor in the Dairy and Food Science Department at South Dakota State University, and Paul Kindstedt, Professor of Food Science at the University of Vermont.
    July 11, 2018

    IDFA Honors Two Professors with 2018 Dairy Research and Teaching Awards

    IDFA recently recognized two university professors for excellence in dairy processing research and teaching in dairy manufacturing. Paul Kindstedt, Ph.D., professor of food science at the University of Vermont, received the 2018 IDFA Research Award in Dairy Foods Processing. Sanjeev Anand, Ph.D., professor in the Dairy and Food Science Department at South Dakota State University, earned the 2018 IDFA Teaching Award in Dairy Manufacturing. The awards were presented last month during the American Dairy Science Association’s annual meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety for Walmart
    July 11, 2018

    Walmart Exec to Demonstrate Benefits of Blockchain for Dairy

    Frank Yiannas, vice president of food safety for Walmart, became a believer in the benefits of blockchain technology when his corporate team reduced the time it took to trace a package of sliced mangoes from more than six days to 2.2 seconds. He’s now sharing his blockchain message with the broader food industry and will address IDFA members in an upcoming webinar as part of the association’s new Knowledge Center.
  • July 11, 2018

    Dairy Delivers℠, IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at Hawaii

    The dairy products industry in Hawaii employs more than 4,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $146 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $1.27 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 44th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in contributions to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2017, according to IDFA’s economic impact tool, Dairy Delivers℠.
  • Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue joins Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, at USDA’s 2017 National Ice Cream Day party.
    July 11, 2018

    Sunday is National Ice Cream Day

    Sunday, July 15, is the 34th annual National Ice Cream Day. IDFA is celebrating in style with its National Ice Cream Month Campaign on @dairyidfa. Members are encouraged to follow the #nationalicecreamday activity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. IDFA is also supplying ice cream for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s second annual National Ice Cream Day party on July 19. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, will open the party, which will take place at USDA on the National Mall. The featured ice cream will be donated by IDFA member companies.
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