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  • 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 42nd 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.
  • June 07, 2018

    Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party Draws Great Crowds, Thanks to Member Donations

    Members of Congress and their staffs poured out of the Capitol Building and surrounding offices yesterday for the “coolest” party on the Hill. IDFA's 36th annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party served nearly 1,500 gallons of ice cream and thousands of root beer floats this year in Union Square Park, where long lines of eager partygoers spanned across the direct view of the capitol dome. IDFA would like to thank the 21 Ice Cream Party sponsors for their generous donations, which helped to make the event a great success.
  • June 07, 2018

    FDA Deputy Commissioner Commends Dairy Industry for Consistent Collaboration

    Stephen Ostroff, M.D., deputy commissioner of food and veterinary medicine for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), made his third appearance as the keynote speaker for IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP on Tuesday. He praised IDFA and the dairy company professionals in attendance for consistently partnering with FDA to protect public health and provide quality products. He also shared several updates on FDA’s progress on regulations that affect dairy companies. “Thank you to everybody in this room. The relationship is a strong one and it's only getting stronger. We have great lines of communication with many of you in this room, particularly with IDFA,” Ostroff said.
  • June 07, 2018

    Ice Cream Leaders Hit Capitol Hill, Call for Funds to Improve Sustainability, Innovation

    Members of IDFA’s International Ice Cream Association (IICA) board of directors arrived in Washington, D.C., this week to meet with congressional leaders and advocate for the industry’s biggest policy priorities. The leaders stressed the need for Congress to pass an agricultural appropriations bill that includes funds for research on ways to reduce ice cream waste and resources to help ensure federal regulations keep up with industry innovation and food safety needs.
  • June 07, 2018

    Mexico Targets US Cheese in Trade Dispute

    Mexico announced on Tuesday that it will impose tariffs of 15 to 25 percent on U.S. cheese exports, in addition to other agriculture and steel products sent to the country. Mexico imposed the tariffs in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement that it will end the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariff exemptions for the European Union, Mexico and Canada. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), all U.S. dairy products enjoyed duty-free access into the Mexican market. Mexico is a top market for U.S. cheeses accounting for $391 million in sales in 2017.
  • May 31, 2018

    Mexico, Canada Propose Tariffs on US Dairy Products

    The Trump Administration earlier today announced that it will end the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariff exemptions for the European Union (EU), Mexico and Canada. Effective tomorrow, June 1, steel imported into the United States will be subject to a 25 percent tariff and aluminum imports will face a 10 percent tariff. The EU, Mexico and Canada have announced plans to impose retaliatory trade measures affecting certain U.S. products. The initial Mexican list of proposed retaliatory tariffs includes cheese, although a list of specific tariff codes has not yet been issued. Likewise, Canada also announced that it will impose retaliatory tariffs on $16.6 billion in imported U.S. products, including a 10 percent surtax on yogurt, pizza and quiche.
  • L-R: Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee; Bernardo Hees, CEO of the Kraft Heinz Company; and Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO.
    May 31, 2018

    Kraft Heinz and IDFA: Combatting World Hunger One Meal at a Time

    IDFA joined a recent Kraft Heinz effort to eliminate hunger in vulnerable populations around the world by participating in a Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event in Washington, D.C. The IDFA team, led by Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, this month joined the company’s staff and a dozen members of Congress to measure, pack and ship 20,000 meals bound for schools in Mozambique. “IDFA is very fortunate to have members that look beyond their own communities to fight hunger on a global scale,” Dykes said.
  • May 30, 2018

    Raise a Glass: June 1 is World Milk Day

    IDFA is joining dairy lovers around the world tomorrow in celebrating the 18th annual World Milk Day with a “cheers!” to milk, drawing greater attention to dairy’s positive role in healthy diets and the economy. The Global Dairy Platform is leading the World Milk Day celebration this year, and has chosen dairy’s economic contributions as one of its central themes. Members are encouraged to use Dairy Delivers℠, IDFA’s economic impact tool, to find data on their states and communities to share. Dairy companies with social media accounts can join IDFA in posting these facts in #WorldMilkDay messages to be featured on
  • May 30, 2018

    USDA to Purchase $20 Million of Cheddar Cheese

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week announced it will purchase $20 million of cheddar cheese to be provided to families through the agency’s nutrition assistance programs. USDA said it will make the purchase to encourage domestic cheese consumption. USDA also said it will use a new, streamlined process to make these purchases, which will involve proactively monitoring market conditions and providing a more predictable and consistent process for determining when it will make purchases.
  • May 30, 2018

    IDFA Intern Program to Provide Benefit for IDFA and Student

    Rori Henderson, a junior at Cornell University, will join the IDFA team as an intern in the Legislative Affairs Department. For the next three months, Henderson will assist IDFA’s legislative team with special projects, research and events. “As our summer intern, Rori will work closely with legislative staff to become familiar with the association’s efforts to shape policy, focusing on key dairy trade policy issues related to North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations, bilateral trade pacts and geographical indications,” said Beth Hughes, IDFA director of international affairs.
  • May 23, 2018

    Failed Farm Bill Doesn’t Dampen IDFA Successes

    The farm bill failed on the floor of the House of Representatives last week by a vote of 198-213. Despite the failure of the bill, IDFA was successful in achieving a couple of positive results during the amendment process, including the addition of an amendment that would finalize a rule allowing low-fat flavored milk to be served in school cafeterias, as well as the defeat of an amendment which would have allowed raw milk to be shipped across state lines in certain circumstances.
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