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  • October 25, 2018

    How Could Midterms Shape Sugar Policy? Find Out at Sweetener Colloquium

    With the midterm elections just two weeks away, political prognosticators are tracking competitive races to chart the landscape of the next Congress and what the results could mean for future policy decisions. To offer a unique perspective for sweetener users, David Wasserman, house editor and political analyst for The Cook Political Report, will share his insight at the International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 24-27, in Aventura, Florida. Wasserman will analyze the results, offer predictions for 2020 and discuss what the future political landscape will hold for business and the sweetener industry.
  • October 25, 2018

    IDFA Launches Trade Toolkit for Members’ Advocacy Efforts

    When IDFA and its members speak, Capitol Hill listens. Through consistent advocacy on issues that are important to the industry, such as fair and equitable trade policies and agreements, members can make a difference on legislation that affects the industry. IDFA launched the Trade Toolkit to provide members with the information, messages, templates and graphics they need to talk trade with their legislators and amplify the dairy industry’s voice in Washington, D.C. This new resource distills complex trade information into concise language that can be used in talks with government officials.
  • Dr. Stephen Ostroff (left) and Frank Yiannas
    October 24, 2018

    Ostroff to Retire from FDA; Walmart Exec to Take His Place

    Stephen Ostroff, M.D., deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine at the Foods and Drug Administration, will retire in January, and Frank Yiannas, vice president of food safety for Walmart, will join the agency in November in the new role of deputy commissioner for food policy and response. Yiannis, an expert in the use of blockchain technology, will lead the continuing implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act and advise FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on food safety and supply chain issues. “We’re thankful to have been a proactive collaborator with the agency and Dr. Ostroff and look forward to continuing this dialogue at FDA,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs.
  • U.S. delegation at the World Dairy Summit
    October 24, 2018

    IDFA, Global Leaders Plan Progress for Dairy During World Dairy Summit

    IDFA staff members joined nearly 2,000 global dairy stakeholders from more than 50 countries in Daejeon, South Korea, last week to discuss dairy’s role in food standards, safety and quality, nutrition and health, sustainability and the global economy at the International Dairy Federation’s (IDF) World Dairy Summit. IDFA participated in IDF committee meetings held in conjunction with the summit, where members agreed to move forward with strategic plans on several priority areas, including the development of international standards and best practices for sustainability and animal welfare.
  • October 24, 2018

    ‘World Dairy Situation 2018’ Covers Increased Production, Growing Markets

    The International Dairy Federation (IDF) released its "World Dairy Situation 2018" report during the IDF World Dairy Summit last week in Daejeon, South Korea. The report reviews the state of the global dairy industry, covering milk production, processing, trade, pricing and consumption in more than 50 dairy producing countries. One of the growing trends, according to the report, is increased cheese production in areas like the United States and the European Union to meet accelerating import demand in Asian countries, primarily China, Korea and Japan.
  • October 24, 2018

    Happy Halloween: Dairy Delivers® for American Candy, Chocolate Producers

    The dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $628 billion in total – on the American economy. Did you know that dairy also indirectly supports unique industries across the nation, like candy manufacturing? Of course, dairy products like milk and cream are an important part of chocolate and other confections, but dairy companies, distributors and retailers support the American confectionery industry in other ways. The dairy industry creates $418.2 million in economic impact for the American confectionery industry and supports jobs in this sector that provide nearly $54.7 million in wages.
  • L-R: FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue holding up the signed agreements. (Photo courtesy of
    October 24, 2018

    Administration Launches Collaborative Food Waste Initiative

    Three U.S. regulatory agencies last week committed to a new food waste initiative designed to help educate Americans on the impact and importance of reducing food loss and waste. The agreement establishes a formal food waste partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration. Stemming food waste is an important issue to IDFA members. Most recently, the association advocated that Congress dedicate $1.5 million in federal funding to help ice cream companies find ways to become more sustainable and prevent valuable nutrients from going to waste.
  • October 17, 2018

    Dykes Delivers US Outlook at World Dairy Summit

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, addressed more than 600 international dairy professionals attending the World Dairy Summit this week in Daejeon, South Korea. Participating in a panel of international industry leaders during the Global Leader’s Forum, Dykes discussed the challenges and opportunities facing the global dairy sector and ways to meet the needs of the next generation of consumers.
  • October 17, 2018

    Modernizing Standards Will Help Dairy Meet Consumer Demands

    The Food and Drug Administration announced in April that it would modernize food standards of identity as part of its multi-year Nutrition Innovation Strategy plan, updating rules that govern how dairy products are named to allow for more industry innovation. In comments filed last week, IDFA welcomed the move to modernize dairy standards and recommended several ways to keep modernizing the standards to meet shifting consumer demands.
  • October 17, 2018

    IDFA Urges FDA to Finalize Standards of Identity for Yogurt

    IDFA urged the Food and Drug Administration last week to move forward with finalizing the 2009 proposed rule that would update the existing federal standards of identity for yogurt. In its comments, IDFA said existing standards for nonfat yogurt, low-fat yogurt and full-fat yogurt are outdated and need modernization to accommodate new processing methods and technologies for food ingredients, as well as current consumer preferences and marketing trends toward healthier products.
  • October 17, 2018

    Renew Your Facility Registration with FDA ​

    The Food Safety Modernization Act requires U.S. and foreign food facilities to renew their registration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 every even-numbered year to indicate the types of foods produced or held at each facility and other information. FDA uses this data, when necessary, to provide quick and targeted responses to food-related emergencies stemming from accidental or intentional contamination or adulteration. IDFA encourages members to register early to avoid any issues due to a last-minute registration rush.
  • Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs, opened the 2018 Ice Cream Technology Conference with questions for attendees.
    October 17, 2018

    Got a Hot Topic for IDFA's Coolest Meeting? Submit Ideas for Ice Cream Tech

    IDFA’s Ice Cream Technology Conference, April 16-17, 2019, is the only meeting that focuses specifically on ice cream and frozen dessert research, technology, new market trends, food safety, labeling and marketing opportunities. The conference allows participants and experts to share the best and brightest ideas in the ice cream and frozen dessert industry. IDFA is seeking topic ideas for presentations and panel discussions for the conference.
  • October 17, 2018

    Dairy Delivers® for American Schools

    IDFA continues to demonstrate that the dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $628 billion in total – on the American economy. Did you know that dairy also indirectly supports unique sectors across the nation, like schools? Dairy products are an essential and nutritious part of school lunches, but dairy companies, distributors and retailers also support educational institutions in other ways. More than 31,750 jobs in schools, colleges and universities depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees.
  • October 16, 2018

    Washington Weekly: US, China to Talk Tariffs; Hurricane Damages Southeast Farms; Senate Recesses Early

    Washington Weekly is IDFA’s update curating policy news from the nation’s capital. This week, the United States and China agreed to sit down next month at the G-20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to discuss the ongoing trade conflict between the two countries. Hurricane Michael swept through Georgia and Florida, damaging buildings and farms in several agriculture sectors, including some dairies in Georgia. Also, Senate Democrats agreed to speed up the consideration of several judicial nominations so Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would recess the session earlier than planned in advance of the midterm elections.
  • October 12, 2018

    IDFA Board Thanks USTR for Dedication to US Dairy in USMCA Talks

    IDFA and its board thanked U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for his efforts to secure positive provisions for dairy in the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). At a board meeting last week, dairy leaders signed a 2-by-6-foot banner with the message, “Thank you for being a dairy champion and for the great work on USMCA!” Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, delivered it to Ambassador Lighthizer yesterday afternoon.
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