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  • December 06, 2018

    Capitol Hill Celebrates Dairy with IDFA

    IDFA kicked off the holiday season by hosting its second annual Celebration of Dairy reception, where administration officials, members of Congress and their staffs, embassy officials and industry stakeholders came to socialize while enjoying dairy treats. In all, around 300 attendees gathered to enjoy eggnog, a variety of cheeses and a sampling of holiday ice cream flavors donated by IDFA members.
  • December 06, 2018

    Dairy Leaders Tackle Tariffs and Trade Pacts on Capitol Hill

    During IDFA’s fly-in this week, dairy leaders from 10 member companies met with congressional leaders and administration officials to call for urgent action on U.S. tariffs that are impeding exports and other dairy trade priorities. While they urged Congress to pass the newly signed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), they expressed concerns that its benefits won’t be realized as long as the tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and resulting retaliations on U.S. dairy, remain in place. They also urged the administration to resolve tariff issues with China, address global protections on common food names, include dairy in upcoming trade talks with Japan and the European Union and pursue future bilateral pacts to increase dairy market access abroad.
  • December 05, 2018

    US, China Agree to Tariff Truce at G20 Summit

    During last week’s G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to freeze tariffs temporarily at current levels without additional escalation for 90 days, beginning Dec. 1. President Trump agreed to pause U.S. plans to escalate tariffs on Jan. 1 and to allow a 90-day period for negotiations on an array of outstanding trade issues with China. The White House said Monday that China also agreed to begin purchasing U.S. agricultural products immediately. So far, the Chinese government has not specified the amount or type of agricultural products, but IDFA believes they most likely will be U.S. soybeans.
  • December 05, 2018

    Shipping Dairy to China? Take Steps Now to Remain Eligible

    Every two years, China requires American dairy exporters to obtain a third-party certification to verify compliance with Chinese laws and regulations and to update its information on the Food and Drug Administration’s list of eligible exporters to China. FDA is reminding dairy companies shipping products to China to take these steps by June 15, 2019, to remain eligible exporters. FDA also released updated guidance on these requirements last week that clarifies how to apply electronically and update list data. The guidance includes certification exemptions for some products.
  • December 05, 2018

    USDA to Publish Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard Soon

    The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) last week completed its review of the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, the last step required before the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) can publish the final rule. Because OMB completed its review on schedule, USDA could publish the final standard sometime during the next three weeks. When final, the standard will introduce mandatory labeling rules for bioengineered (BE) foods and foods with BE ingredients.
  • December 05, 2018

    Retailer Data Released in Recalls Should Not Confuse Consumers, IDFA tells FDA

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in September released draft guidance on food recalls, clarifying how and when it plans to issue information on retailers that may have received affected products. Specifically, FDA said it would focus on releasing retailer information for foods that aren’t easily identifiable, such as those without packages, during a recall. In comments submitted last week, IDFA agreed with FDA’s scope and stressed that packaged foods, which include the majority of dairy foods, should not be subject to this kind of disclosure. Sharing on-product information, not retailer information, is the most effective way to recall packaged products, IDFA said.
  • December 05, 2018

    Allan Attends Codex Nutrition Committee in Berlin

    John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, joined 420 delegates representing 73 different countries and 41 observer organizations last week in Berlin, Germany, for the 40th Session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses. Allan participated as a U.S. dairy industry representative in the International Dairy Federation delegation. The committee worked on several international food and nutrition standards and guidelines regarding follow-up formula, ready-to-use therapeutic food, front-of-pack labeling, “trans fat-free” claims, the term “probiotic” and a definition for “biofortification,” which adds nutrients to foods through genetic engineering.
  • December 05, 2018

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Christmas Tree Producers

    The dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $628 billion in total – on the American economy. As part of this support, the dairy industry contributes to unique industries across the nation, like the American forestry industry and those who provide the nation with Christmas trees. For example, the jobs of about 150 forestry industry employees depend on dairy company purchases of Christmas trees, which decorate dairy offices and retail shops, as well as on purchases of other forest products, such as wooden pallets used in cheese-curing rooms. All told, the dairy industry creates more than $24.6 million in economic impact and supports $6.5 million in wages for America’s Christmas tree and forest product producers.
  • Roberto Uchoa de Paula, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, Inc.
    December 05, 2018

    McKinsey & Co. to Unveil Dairy Growth Strategies, Research at Dairy Forum

    Consumer preferences change rapidly, volatility impacts margins along the value chain and several trade barriers remain for dairy. How can executives meet these challenges and position their companies for future growth? Industry experts at McKinsey & Company, Inc., a renowned global consulting firm, have partnered with IDFA to examine these and other issues in the domestic and global dairy industry. They’ll unveil new research on dairy consumers and examine strategies for growth at Dairy Forum 2019, Jan. 20-23 in Orlando, Fla.
  • December 05, 2018

    Next Week: IDFA Webinar to Analyze New Congress, Prospects for Dairy

    The new Congress will be sworn in next month. What will it mean for dairy? IDFA’s advocacy team on Tuesday will provide an in-depth analysis of the nation’s new Congress and an outlook for dairy policy issues on Capitol Hill next year. In a webinar set for Dec. 11, IDFA’s legislative experts will analyze how new and returning members of Congress could affect dairy policy, and they’ll explore the issues that key House and Senate committees may consider. The webinar, which will be held 1-2 p.m. Eastern time, is complimentary for IDFA members.
  • November 28, 2018

    Dykes: Dairy Wants Aluminum and Steel Tariffs Lifted

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, this week joined executives from manufacturing organizations and companies at a briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the impact that U.S. tariffs on aluminum imports are having on U.S. industries. Dykes said that while the dairy industry is pleased that the USMCA negotiations are complete and Mexico remains a duty-free market, the benefits won’t be realized until the U.S. tariffs and Mexico’s retaliatory tariffs on U.S. dairy exports are lifted. “We hope that a deal is reached between Mexico and the U.S., and an announcement is made when the USMCA is signed later this week,” Dykes said. “Until then, the U.S. dairy industry cannot fully benefit from the USMCA.”
  • November 28, 2018

    Trade Pact with Japan Must Provide Level Playing Field, IDFA Says

    After announcing its intent to enter talks with the Japanese government on a bilateral trade pact, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is now developing negotiating objectives and seeking industry input. In comments filed this week with the USTR, IDFA said these objectives must address U.S. dairy’s growing import disadvantage in the Japanese market and ensure the U.S. industry can compete on a level playing field. Japan is U.S. dairy’s fourth-largest market abroad, representing sales of more than $290 million. However, U.S. dairy exports still face high tariffs, limited tariff-rate quotas and other barriers to trade in the Japanese market, IDFA said.
  • November 28, 2018

    USDA Provides Guidance on New Export Requirement from Malaysia

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week released a Global Agriculture Information Network (GAIN) report to help U.S. dairy exporters navigate Malaysia’s new requirement for shipping products to the country. It provides historical and trade context, an overview of the registration process, halal requirements and registration advice. Malaysia, a major market for the U.S. dairy industry, imported $90 million worth of U.S. dairy products in 2017.
  • November 28, 2018

    Dairy’s Growth Relies on Promotion, Innovation and Trade, Dykes Says

    Healthy growth in the dairy industry requires industrywide cooperation, a laser-like focus and relentless advocacy on multiple fronts, said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, in his November Insider Perspective column for Dairy Foods magazine. “Recently, the industry successfully came together to help fight declining fluid milk consumption,” he said. “Working with the Milk Processor Education Program and Feeding America, we’ve advanced opportunities to increase consumption,” but he stressed that more must be done. Promoting dairy’s unbeatable nutritional package, doubling down on innovation and opening markets for U.S. exports are three critical actions that the industry must take to keep moving dairy forward, he concluded.
  • November 28, 2018

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Retailing Industry

    The dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $628 billion in total – on the American economy. As part of this support, the dairy industry contributes to unique industries across the nation, like retailing. Nearly 740,000 retail employee jobs are created thanks to direct dairy products sales. All told, the dairy industry is responsible for over 891,000 retail jobs, or nearly six percent of all jobs in the retail industry. Overall, the dairy industry creates almost $54.9 billion in economic impact in retailing and supports $26.3 billion in wages for American’s retail workers.
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