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  • May 10, 2018

    Hill of Beans

    “The farm bill is likely to be brought to the House floor for consideration next week. We have only a few days to make sure members of Congress are aware that this farm bill includes provisions to improve the competitiveness of a dairy industry supporting nearly 3 million American jobs,” said Tony Eberhard, IDFA vice president of legislative affairs. In his new “Hill of Beans” column, Eberhard said that IDFA is hard at work, ensuring that every member of Congress knows the impact dairy has in their districts and the importance of passing the bill. “We know how to whip butter and cream; now is our time to show we know how to whip up support as well,” he said.
  • May 09, 2018

    IDFA, Global Dairy Groups Urge Chile to Keep Markets Open

    IDFA is continuing to fight for free and fair global trade for U.S. dairy products and increased market access in many areas abroad. Most recently, IDFA and several groups representing the dairy industries in Argentina, Australia, the European Union, New Zealand and Uruguay urged the Chilean government to continue to allow dairy imports into the country. The groups made the request in response to Chile’s recent investigation to determine if imports of whole dry milk, nonfat dry milk and gouda cheese represent a threat to Chile’s domestic dairy industry. If Chilean officials deem imports a threat, they could enact safeguards to reject these products.
  • May 09, 2018

    IDFA’s Trade Show Partner Launches ProFood Live Conference

    IDFA invites members to attend ProFood Live, a new conference in June devoted to real-world solutions in manufacturing, automation and sustainability. ProFood Live is hosted by PMMI Media Group, a division of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, which partners with IDFA and Koelnmesse in producing the biennial ProFood Tech trade show. The new conference will be held June 20-21, 2018, at the Westin Chicago Northwest. “The offering of rich content within a compact agenda will appeal to food and beverage professionals who struggle to find the time for educational opportunities and industry networking,” said Neil Moran, IDFA senior vice president of finance, administration and the trade show.
  • May 09, 2018

    IDFA Voices Support for Bill to Bring Whole Milk to Schools

    Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., last week introduced legislation that would increase the variety of milks available in school meals. The Whole Milk Act, H.R. 5640, would amend the National School Lunch Act to allow schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program to serve unflavored whole milk. “We appreciate that Congressman Marino introduced this bill, which demonstrates the important role that milk – and milk choice – plays in enhancing the diets of children and adolescents,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “We agree that schools need more flexibility to provide a range of milk choices to make sure students are getting the nine essential nutrients milk offers.”
  • 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.
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