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  • March 07, 2018

    IDFA Analyzes New FDA Guidance on Nutrition Facts, RACCs

    The Food and Drug Administration published five new guidance documents last week that provide additional information on the updated Nutrition Facts label and Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed (RACCs). The documents provide clarifications for dairy products companies that are preparing to comply with the updated nutrition labeling requirements by the January 1, 2020, deadline.
  • March 07, 2018

    Donald Grady Joins IDFA’s Legislative Team

    IDFA this week welcomed Donald Grady to its legislative affairs team. In his new position, Grady will advocate for IDFA’s legislative policies and objectives with policymakers and other stakeholders, as well as assist with developing IDFA’s legislative goals and strategies. He comes to IDFA from the office of U.S. Representative Jim Costa (D-Calif.) where Grady served as a legislative assistant. Before that, he was a legislative correspondent for U.S. Representative Jim Marshall (D-Ga.).
  • March 07, 2018

    IDFA, Others Call for Continued US Leadership on IP Issues

    IDFA and nine other food and agriculture organizations last week sent a letter welcoming Andrei Iancu as the new director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). They also asked him to maintain critical department roles and functions to help address inappropriate geographical indications (GIs) and other intellectual property rights concerns.
  • March 07, 2018

    USDA, HHS to Welcome More Stakeholder Comments on Dietary Guidelines

    Officials in the Departments of Agriculture and of Health and Human Services last week announced they will accept more public and stakeholder comments in the development process for the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. For the first time, the departments will seek comments on the proposed priority topics and related scientific questions that the advisory committee will consider when making recommendations for the new edition, a move the officials said will help ensure transparency in the process.
  • March 07, 2018

    IDFA, NMPF Oppose Tennessee Bills on Raw Milk and Raw Milk Butter

    IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation last week sent four letters urging Tennessee state lawmakers to oppose proposed legislation that would loosen restrictions on the sale of raw milk butter to consumers in the state. They also opposed legislation that would exempt certain homemade foods and beverages, including raw milk, from existing requirements for food branding, labeling and inspection.
  • March 07, 2018

    How Do Ice Cream Companies Ensure Product Quality?

    Proper taste-testing techniques are critical skills ice cream companies use to ensure that their products are top quality. A featured session at IDFA’s Ice Cream Technology Conference, April 10-11 in Fort Myers, Florida, will explore methods used by industry professionals and academia to effectively analyze and evaluate the flavor, texture and appearance of ice cream. The session, “A Sensory Analysis of Ice Cream,” will also cover the scoring methods and language used to give meaningful understanding to ice cream characteristics. The session will lead directly into the conference’s Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Competition, where attendees will evaluate the industry’s latest flavor creations.
  • Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards displayed in 2015
    March 07, 2018

    Are You Improving Workplace Safety in Innovative Ways?

    To recognize companies with outstanding worker safety programs and results, IDFA encourages member companies to nominate their processing and trucking operations for the 14th annual Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards. “The quality of nominations we receive each year is a testament to the dairy industry’s effort to actively improve workplace safety in innovative ways,” said Dave Crowley, senior environmental health and safety director for HP Hood LLC, and chair of IDFA’s Environmental Worker Safety Committee. “I encourage all dairy companies to submit nominations and continue to demonstrate our industry’s deeply-rooted commitments.”
  • March 07, 2018

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

    The dairy products industry in Connecticut employs nearly 13,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $575 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $6.89 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 28th 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.
  • March 01, 2018

    Dykes: Consumers, Innovation and Changing Markets Are Keys to Growth

    What can the dairy industry do to help shape its future? Focus on consumers, innovation and changing markets, said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, in his recent column for Cheese Market News. “We’re living in a culture of choice, and our diverse industry is well positioned to meet it,” he said, adding that consumers want experiences and solutions, as well as products, for a healthy and mobile lifestyle. To take advantage of changing markets, the United States must have a leadership role in facilitating world trade. “A proactive trade policy is essential to help lead us into the future,” he said.
  • March 01, 2018

    What’s Disrupting the Ice Cream Market?

    A new generation of ice cream entrepreneurs is disrupting the ice cream category, using everything from global and local flavors, small-batch and hand-packed options, and sports nutrition and snack products. Donna Berry, food scientist, editor and industry consultant, believes all companies will have to create their own disruptions to stay competitive. To generate inspiration among ice cream innovators, Berry will share her insights to kick off IDFA’s Ice Cream Technology Conference April 10-11, in Fort Myers, Florida.
  • February 28, 2018

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

    The dairy products industry in Utah employs more than 9,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $398 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $7.05 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 27th 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.
  • February 28, 2018

    IDFA Supports Engaging in New Asia-Pacific Trade Talks

    IDFA voiced support last week for the United States to enter the new TPP trade negotiations following President Donald Trump’s recent comments about re-engaging in the trade talks to obtain a better agreement for the United States. Also last week, 26 Republican senators urged the president to enter negotiations on the agreement, which could provide U.S. dairy companies with more access to several growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • February 28, 2018

    Health Canada Seeks Comments on Mandatory Front-of-Pack Labels

    Moving forward on a new labeling mandate, Health Canada took the next step toward requiring front-of-pack symbols on the labels of products with certain levels of saturated fat, sugars or sodium. Late last month, the agency proposed four versions of an icon intended to alert consumers to foods and beverages that contain 15 percent or more of the daily value for sodium, saturated fat or sugars. Health Canada proposes to allow exemptions for unflavored whole and reduced-fat milks because they “provide a protective effect on health.” Flavored milk, yogurt, cheese and frozen desserts all would require mandatory symbols.
  • February 28, 2018

    China Releases Updated List of Approved Importers

    The Memorandum of Understanding signed last June by the Food and Drug Administration and the Chinese government established a new registration procedure for U.S. food manufacturers that export infant formula and other dairy products to China. China also requires these companies to schedule a third-party audit to ensure they are compliant with Chinese laws and regulations before they can ship products to the country. The Chinese government this month published its updated list of dairy companies it will accept as importers to the country.
  • February 28, 2018

    Participate in USDA Trade Mission to South China

    Although recent headlines regarding U.S. dairy exports have centered on Mexico and Canada, the dairy industry’s top markets, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is continuing to foster expansion of American exports to China, the third largest market for U.S. dairy. USDA will host its next Agricultural Trade Mission in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, China, May 21-25, and IDFA members are invited to participate. The application deadline is March 15.
 
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