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  • 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.
  • May 23, 2018

    Trade Update: New Developments with China, Tariffs and NAFTA

    Many trade policy developments that are important to dairy happened during this past weekend, according to Beth Hughes, IDFA director of international affairs. In her recent trade update, Hughes gives IDFA members the latest news on a “ceasefire” on trade threats between the United States and China, updates on possible exemptions for the U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, and negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  • May 23, 2018

    EPA Proposes Positive Changes to Risk Management Program

    The Environmental Protection Agency last week proposed several positive changes to its Risk Management Program, which regulates the dairy industry’s use of chemicals in refrigeration systems and wastewater treatment. “We are pleased to see that EPA has reconsidered the Risk Management Program by rescinding and modifying sections of the rules to give more flexibility to regulated facilities in complying with these provisions. In addition, the new proposal provides additional time with revised compliance dates,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs.
  • May 23, 2018

    FDA Extends Compliance Date for Foods with PHOs Already in Markets

    The Food and Drug Administration is requiring companies to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from food and beverage products in the United States by June 18, 2018. The agency last week clarified that products containing PHOs that are already shipped and in stores before the June compliance date can be sold through January 1, 2020. IDFA and other stakeholders had urged FDA to clarify that these products would not need to be removed from shelves next month, helping to avoid severe disruption and confusion in the marketplace.
  • Sarah Beaubien, Tillamook County Creamery Association, (left), Lisa Zwack (second from right) and Erin Sharp (right), The Kroger Co.
    May 23, 2018

    Two IDFA Members Receive US Dairy Sustainability Awards

    The Kroger Co. and the Tillamook County Creamery Association each received U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards this month for their outstanding efforts to implement programs that delivered significant benefits to their communities and their companies. Kroger received its award for outstanding dairy processing and manufacturing sustainability, and Tillamook earned the award for outstanding community impact. The U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards, sponsored by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, were launched in 2011 to recognize outstanding dairy farms, businesses and partnerships for socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound practices. Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA, served on the panel of judges, which included experts from academic institutions, government, dairy science, business and trade media, and environmental and dairy industry leaders.
  • May 23, 2018

    FDA Expands Data Dashboard to Include FSMA Requirements

    The Food and Drug Administration launched a new section of its Data Dashboard to help importers and processors meet supply-chain requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The new section makes it easier to find compliance and enforcement information related to specific firms. IDFA encourages members to review the Dashboard because three of the FSMA rules contain supply-chain requirements: the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule, the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule and the Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule.
  • May 23, 2018

    Nutrition Policy Changes: What Do the Experts Say?

    Future labeling requirements, food additive regulations and federal nutrition programs may be based on conclusions reached by federally appointed panels of nutrition experts. The processes for updating the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Dietary Reference Intakes for sodium and potassium also rely on input from nutrition experts. At IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP, June 5-6 in Washington, D.C., Robert Post, Ph.D., senior director of Chobani Health and Wellness/Corporate Affairs, and Beth Johnson, M.S., R.D., principal and CEO of Food Directions LLC, will discuss topics and questions these panels will consider. They’ll also discuss how experts will work together and what their final recommendations may mean for dairy foods and beverages.
  • May 23, 2018

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

    The dairy products industry in Maine employs more than 5,700 skilled individuals, generates more than $217 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $2.87 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 39th 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℠.
  • May 21, 2018

    IDFA Collaborates with NMPF, USDEC to Launch ‘Got Jobs?’ Campaign

    IDFA, the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council have collaborated to produce a new, cross-industry campaign called "Got Jobs? Dairy Creates Jobs, Exports Create More." It launches today with a virtual press conference featuring the CEOs from each organization. The organizations are strong advocates for modernizing and entering trade agreements, which will help to place the U.S. dairy industry on a level playing field with global competitors. Got Jobs?” will package economic impact data from IDFA’s Dairy Delivers℠ economic impact tool with compelling narratives and export data at the state level to demonstrate dairy’s impact on the U.S. economy and stress the need for continued growth.
  • May 18, 2018

    House Committee Passes Funding Bill with Positive Dairy Provisions

    The House Committee on Appropriations last week passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill with key IDFA priorities. For the first time, the Agriculture Appropriations bill directs funding to the Food and Drug Administration’s work on updating standards of identity. The legislation also instructs FDA to finalize industry guidance regarding control of Listeria monocytogenes. Additionally, the committee approved an amendment proposed by Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., to direct the Agricultural Research Service to find solutions to the ice cream waste issue that costs the industry tens of millions of dollars a year.
  • May 16, 2018

    NAFTA Must Protect Common Cheese Names, Especially in Mexico

    The European Union and Mexico last month reached an agreement in principle to update their 18-year-old bilateral trade agreement and announced plans to allow only the EU to use several common cheese names, which could include terms like parmesan and feta. IDFA has repeatedly urged the administration to fight EU attempts to use geographical indications protections to limit fair competition of U.S. cheeses in Mexico, which is the largest export market for U.S. dairy. This week, IDFA and other members of the Coalition for Common Food Names called on U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to address GIs in the modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  • May 16, 2018

    IDFA Calls on HHS to Challenge WHO Policies at World Health Assembly

    IDFA is urging federal officials to stand up against World Health Organization (WHO) actions that encourage foreign governments to exclude industry stakeholders from policy-development efforts and pressure countries to adopt policies discouraging the consumption of dairy products by young children. IDFA, the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council last week sent joint comments asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to ensure the proposed actions are not endorsed later this month at the World Health Assembly, the annual meeting of WHO’s governing body in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • May 16, 2018

    Trade Actions by Japan Could Hinder U.S. Dairy Exports

    The Japanese government has implemented new measures to support its cheese industry and make domestic cheese more abundant and competitive. At the same time, Japan is entering into free trade agreements with the European Union (EU) and with the 11 countries in the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). These measures and agreements could threaten the market for U.S. dairy exports to Japan, the fourth largest market for U.S. dairy products, representing sales of more than $290 million in 2017.
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