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  • May 07, 2018

    FDA Clarifies Compliance Date for PHO Rule

    Late last month, IDFA and 14 other food and manufacturing trade associations urged Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to provide the food industry with more clarity and time as companies work to comply with FDA’s rule to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from food and beverage products sold in the United States. In joint comments, the groups asked FDA to clarify that products containing PHOs that are already shipped and in stores before the compliance date of June 18, 2018, would not need to be removed from store shelves. According to an article by IEG Policy, Susan Mayne, director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, confirmed last Friday that the agency will not require recalls for products containing PHOs that were introduced before the June compliance date. She said FDA plans to issue written clarification soon.
  • May 03, 2018

    USDA, FDA Announce Harmonized Compliance Dates for Major Label Changes

    IDFA learned today that the administration has responded positively to industry requests for harmonization of the compliance dates for the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard and revisions to the Nutrition Facts label. The new compliance date for most companies making both sets of required changes would be January 1, 2020. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service today released the proposed rule on the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, and IDFA will provide a detailed summary for members soon. The proposed rule includes a suggested compliance date of January 1, 2020. Also today, FDA issued a final rule to extend the Nutrition Facts label compliance dates from July 26, 2018, to January 1, 2020, for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales.
  • May 02, 2018

    NAFTA Talks Likely to Conclude This Month

    IDFA believes an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement needs to be reached soon to meet the deadlines set forth in the Trade Promotion Authority legislation and allow for a vote on the new agreement in this Congress. An agreement in principle is likely to be concluded sometime in the next two weeks. Ministerial-level talks will reconvene on May 7 after Ambassador Lighthizer returns from China, but negotiations on technical issues continue almost daily. IDFA continues to urge USTR and the White House to address Canada’s Class 7 milk pricing policies in the modernized agreement.
  • May 02, 2018

    Farm Bill to Hit the House Floor in May

    The House version of the farm bill, which includes IDFA’s key legislative priorities, is headed for consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives in May after it was approved last month by the House Agriculture Committee. The timing will depend on how long it takes to educate other members of Congress about the bill and build support sufficient to secure a majority of votes on the House floor. Before the bill can be considered on the House floor, the House Rules Committee will need to determine which farm bill amendments are allowed to be offered. IDFA will be watching this process closely as it will shape the debate and perhaps determine the fate of the House farm bill.
  • May 02, 2018

    Dykes’ Interview on Canadian Milk Pricing Reaches NY, PA Audiences

    In an interview last week with NexStar Media, Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, amplified IDFA’s ongoing efforts to call for a level playing field for dairy in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In the TV segment shared with viewers in New York and Pennsylvania, Dykes and Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., called on U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and the administration to address Canada’s trade-distorting Class 7 pricing scheme in the modernized NAFTA.
  • May 02, 2018

    Dykes Calls Collaboration on Farm Bill a ‘Shining Example’

    The farm bill approved last month by the House Committee on Agriculture “empowers dairy processors and producers with key provisions that will allow us to enhance the American economy,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, in his latest column for Cheese Market News. He noted that the provisions represent shared solutions offered by IDFA and National Milk Producers Federation and demonstrate the positive outcomes that can be gained through sustained industry collaboration. “It’s a shining example of what we can accomplish when we work together to make a positive difference for dairy,” he said.
  • May 02, 2018

    How Best to Control Your Supply Chain? Find Out at Regulatory RoundUP

    The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) imposes numerous supply chain requirements on domestic and foreign suppliers, as well as importers, yet it’s still not exactly clear what the Food and Drug Administration will expect from companies going forward. How can you be sure your company is in compliance? Attendees at IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP, June 5-6 in Washington, D.C., will hear from Jenny Scott, M.S., a senior advisor in FDA’s Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, who participated in drafting the recently released guidance related to the supply chain requirements. The session, “Controlling Your Supply Chain: Meeting FSMA’s Requirements,” also will feature Ricardo Carvajal, attorney and director at Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C., who will explain how to translate the guidance into action.
  • May 02, 2018

    Coalition Applauds USTR’s Strong Statements on Common Food Names

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) recently released its annual Special 301 Report on the state of intellectual property (IP) rights around the world. This year’s report highlighted the EU’s aggressive agenda regarding GIs as a major concern for the United States, “especially because of the significant extent to which it undermines the scope of trademarks and other IP rights held by U.S. producers, and imposes barriers on market access for American-made goods and services that rely on the use of common names, such as parmesan or feta.”
  • April 30, 2018

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

    The dairy products industry in Nebraska employs nearly 6,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $189 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $3.75 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 36th 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℠.
  • April 25, 2018

    Senators Push Ag Secretary to Advocate for Dairy Solutions in NAFTA

    During a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing Tuesday with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, several committee members expressed concern with Canada’s Class 7 milk pricing regime and its harmful effects on the U.S. dairy industry. Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., stressed the need for U.S. companies to have a level playing field with Canada and asked if Perdue would advocate for dairy issues in trade talks. Perdue said he had been a principal participant in administration trade talks on a weekly basis since last fall, and he would continue to advocate for dairy to be included in negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  • April 25, 2018

    EU to Gain Dairy Market Access in Revised Pact with Mexico

    The European Union and Mexico announced late last week that they reached an agreement in principle to update their 18-year-old bilateral trade agreement. The new deal would remove duties for all agricultural goods, offer protections for some EU cheese names and create Mexican tariff-rate quotas for EU milk powder and cheese. While EU negotiators said the agreement secures protections for 340 geographical indications, a full list of affected products has not been released. IDFA expects the final text to be completed by the year’s end.
  • April 25, 2018

    John Allan Elected US IDF Vice Chair

    John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, was elected to serve as vice chair of the U.S. National Committee of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) during the group’s spring meeting last week. Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs, ended her term as U.S. IDF chair, but will continue her leadership in IDF as a member of its board of directors. U.S. IDF is one of 45 national committees representing countries that work together to provide scientific expertise for the dairy sector worldwide. As vice chair of U.S. IDF, Allan will aid in the committee’s efforts to protect and enhance the U.S. dairy industry in the global dairy sector. He will also aid in IDF’s efforts to provide science-based information to foreign governments and international organizations.
  • April 25, 2018

    What’s FDA’s Current Thinking on Listeria?

    Dairy companies and the Food and Drug Administration both place a high priority on understanding, managing and mitigating the risks of exposure to pathogens during food production. To provide an update on the latest science and FDA activity, IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP, June 5-6 in Washington, D.C., will feature insights from a former FDA official and renowned expert on Listeria science. Robert Buchanan, Ph.D., director of the Center for Food Safety and Security Systems at the University of Maryland, will present “Listeria and Listeriosis: Science, Risk and Policy,” covering the FDA policies and guidance that are now in place to help manage the risk of food adulteration and avoid the potential for illness.
  • Cindy Cavallo, IDFA director of membership, and Neil Moran, senior vice president of finance, administration and trade show, greet attendees at the IDFA booth.
    April 25, 2018

    IDFA Joins Thousands of Pros at Cheese Tech Expo

    IDFA staff traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, last week to join around 3,500 cheese industry leaders, suppliers and marketers attending the International Cheese Technology Expo, a biennial event hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and the Center for Dairy Research. IDFA exhibited at the show to bring greater exposure to the IDFA brand and share more about the association’s member benefits with a broader audience. IDFA also presented awards to winners in the co-located 96th Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest.
  • April 25, 2018

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

    The dairy products industry in Nevada employs nearly 7,500 skilled individuals, generates more than $357 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $3.78 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 35th 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.
 
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