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  • June 20, 2018

    China, US Dairy’s Third-Largest Export Market, to Add Tariffs on Imports

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Friday released plans to impose tariffs on two lists of Chinese products. One list will be subject to a 25-percent tariff beginning July 6 which includes dairy machinery. The second is a proposed list that does not include dairy products. In retaliation, the Chinese government will impose an additional 25-percent tariff on various imports of milk, cream, yogurt, whey, butter and cheese products beginning July 6. The United States exported more than $577 million worth of dairy to China last year.
  • June 20, 2018

    IDFA, NMPF Invite FDA Officials to Discuss Pilot Program for Inspections

    IDFA is continuing to facilitate an open dialogue with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials who will soon introduce a pilot program to streamline inspections for plants that make both Grade “A” and non-Grade “A” dairy products. IDFA and others in the dairy industry support FDA’s plan to best use government resources and conduct these inspections during one visit, while maintaining high standards of food safety. Most recently, IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) offered to host FDA officials in a face-to-face meeting with stakeholders to discuss ways to develop a successful program.
  • June 20, 2018

    Label Footnotes about Added Sugars Would Aid Consumers, IDFA Tells FDA

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently considering allowing certain cranberry products to feature educational footnotes on their labels to disclose more information on the role of added sugars. In comments submitted to FDA last week, IDFA supported expanding this option to flavored and sweetened dairy products, noting that this would increase consumer understanding of the role added sugars play in dairy foods and could help encourage consumption of healthy dairy products.
  • June 20, 2018

    How Will the New Tax Law Affect Dairy?

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was one of the largest tax code overhauls in 30 years and substantially altered many corporate Internal Revenue Service provisions. To help dairy companies understand how this will affect their operations, IDFA and Paul Neiffer, top agriculture CPA for CliftonLarsonAllen, will host a free webinar July 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Neiffer will discuss the effects and impacts of the new tax law for both large corporations and small businesses, as well as additional changes to existing rules related to certain business expenses.
  • June 20, 2018

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

    The dairy products industry in Montana employs nearly 3,500 skilled individuals, generates more than $120 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $1.63 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 41st 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, Dairy Delivers℠.
  • June 15, 2018

    ​FDA Proposes New Sources of Dietary Fiber for Nutrition Facts Label

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday issued guidance and a science review that named eight additional non-digestible carbohydrates (NDCs) that meet the new definition of "dietary fiber" established in the Nutrition Facts label final rule. While the rulemaking regarding additional fibers is pending, FDA will exercise enforcement discretion for food manufacturers that opt to count these ingredients when calculating the total amount of fiber per serving to declare on the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels.
  • President Donald Trump shared tweets singling out Canada’s high tariffs on dairy imports from the United States.
    June 13, 2018

    President Trump Calls Attention to Barriers US Dairy Faces in Canada

    Dairy took centerstage during President Donald Trump’s visit to a Group of Seven (G7) Summit last weekend in Quebec, Canada. From Thursday to Sunday the president shared a string of tweets singling out Canada’s 270 percent tariffs on dairy imports from the United States, saying the measures hurt American farmers and agriculture. The tweets swung the spotlight onto the difficulties American dairy companies face with one of the United States’ biggest trading partners and protectionist dairy policies, a conversation IDFA has continually elevated with the president, administration officials and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiators.
  • June 13, 2018

    California Producers Pass Referendum to Form FMMO

    California dairy producers voted last week to establish a new Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) for the state. The vote was the penultimate step in a long process that will culminate with the new order taking effect on November 1, 2018. The order will adopt the same dairy product classification and pricing provisions currently used throughout the FMMO system. California accounts for more than 18 percent of U.S. milk production and is currently regulated by a state milk marketing order administered by the California Department of Agriculture. Once this new FMMO takes effect, over 80 percent of the U.S. milk supply will fall under the FMMO regulatory framework.
  • June 13, 2018

    IDFA Asks USTR to Note Trade Barriers in India, Indonesia

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) currently is considering India's and Indonesia’s eligibility under the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, which eliminates U.S. duties on thousands of products for 120 countries and territories. In comments submitted last week, IDFA asked the USTR to review when considering their participation in the GSP program and whether to provide opportunities for them to export more dairy products into the United States.
  • June 13, 2018

    New Trade Pacts Threaten US Dairy Market Access in Mexico

    As Mexico enters new trade agreements, dairy processors in the European Union (EU) and Asia-Pacific countries will gain more footing in Mexico’s dairy market, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) GAIN report. These shifts will primarily involve Mexico’s imports of cheese and milk powder, an area currently dominated by the United States.
  • June 13, 2018

    IDFA Comments on FDA Food Safety Equivalence Determinations

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March proposed a new agreement with the European Union (EU) to recognize that the EU’s food safety system for shellfish provides at least an equivalent level of food safety as U.S. systems. This equivalence determination is designed to expand trade opportunities between the two partners and will have implications for FDA’s future efforts to determine a similar agreement for milk and milk products made in other countries. In comments submitted to FDA late last month, IDFA supported the agency’s interest in pursuing equivalence determinations but stressed that an agreement with EU countries on dairy should remove all barriers to U.S. dairy exports. IDFA also asked for additional insight into FDA’s Grade “A” equivalency determination processes and criteria.
  • June 13, 2018

    Ready for Trump’s Tax Reform? IDFA’s Free Webinar Can Help

    President Trump recently signed into law a tax reform package that has drastically changed the U.S. tax code. On July 10 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time, join IDFA and Paul Neiffer, CliftonLarsonAllen’s top agribusiness CPA, for a free webinar on how these changes will affect the dairy industry. The webinar will provide a closer look at the Section 199A provisions and insider knowledge on potential capital expenditure benefits under this new package.
  • June 13, 2018

    Get Up to Speed With Lab Training for Dairy

    To help food safety and quality control professionals stay on top of good laboratory practices and techniques, IDFA is joining with Chestnut Labs to offer its popular “Hands-On Microbiological Testing, Food Safety and Laboratory Best Practices” course November 6-8 in Springfield, Missouri. “This course is not only extremely valuable to those new to the industry, but, as we’ve heard from numerous past participants, it can also be a great refresher course for those who have been on the job for many years,” said John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards.
  • June 13, 2018

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

    The dairy products industry in New Hampshire employs more than 5,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $194 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $1.89 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 40th 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, Dairy Delivers℠.
  • June 07, 2018

    Gottlieb: FDA won’t change milk definition, enforcement without process

    Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Tuesday the FDA will not change the definition of milk or how it enforces that definition without “a deliberate process” that would probably allow rulemaking, according to the Hagstrom Report. In response to a question from The Hagstrom Report about whether FDA has plans to act on the conflict between the dairy industry and plant-based foods industry over the definition and FDA’s lack of enforcement of its current definition, Gottlieb said, “It’s true” that the FDA definition of milk says it has to come from “a lactating animal,” but he also acknowledged that the FDA has allowed the use of the word “milk” with plant-based products such as soybeans and almonds for years.
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