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  • January 16, 2019

    How Will Sugar Users Fare in 2019? Find Out at Sweetener Colloquium

    New players and emerging issues in the domestic and international sweetener markets could spell shifts for sugar users in 2019. What will it mean for the more than 200 IDFA members that use sugar in their products and are affected by domestic supply levels and prices? A series of outlook sessions at International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 24-27 in Aventura, Fla., have been devoted to dissecting the markets that will matter most to sweetener users, as well as the economic factors that will most affect American sweetener users in 2019.
  • January 16, 2019

    IDFA Welcomes Two New Members

    IDFA welcomes two new members. Joining as a Gold Business Partner is Berrian Insurance Group, Inc., a member company of Leavitt Group that provides insurance policies with special dairy coverage provisions. Joining as a Business Partner is BERICAP, Inc. a company that specializes in caps and closures for dairy and sensitive-beverage applications, including bottles, cartons and metal containers.
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO (right), welcomes incoming Rep. Mike Braun, R-Ill.
    January 09, 2019

    IDFA Welcomes 116th Congress to Capitol Hill

    IDFA’s advocacy team took to Capitol Hill last Thursday to visit more than 60 new members of Congress and their staffs on the first official day of the 116th Congress. The team shared information on IDFA and its members, along with infographics from Dairy Delivers®, IDFA’s economic impact tool, to demonstrate the economic footprint of the dairy processing industry in their states and districts.
  • January 09, 2019

    What Can Dairy Expect in 2019? Top USDA, FDA Leaders to Share at Dairy Forum

    The partial government shutdown continues to generate uncertainty for dairy. It’s a critical time to hear from administration leaders about what the industry can expect now and during the year ahead. That’s why IDFA has slated a current and former official from the Trump administration to share timely insights at Dairy Forum 2019 on Jan. 21 in Orlando, Fla. The program will feature remarks from Gregory Ibach, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, and Stephen Ostroff, M.D., recently retired deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • January 09, 2019

    US Dairy Watches as New Trade Pact Takes Effect

    Six countries last month implemented the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, a modified version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that emerged after the United States withdrew in January of 2017. The trade pact, which includes 11 countries located in the Asia-Pacific region, changes the landscape for U.S. dairy products abroad and gives preferential market access to the region for exporters in Canada, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
  • January 09, 2019

    IDFA Calls for Increased Clarity in Intentional Adulteration Guidance

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last summer released the first of three installments of a draft guidance document designed to support compliance with its intentional adulteration rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act. Responding to FDA’s request for comments, IDFA last month commended the agency for its commitment to making implementation flexible and practical for dairy companies and asked FDA to more clearly lay out compliance options in the guidance.
  • January 09, 2019

    Exhibitors: Demonstrate Innovations, Solutions in ProFood Tech Knowledge Hub

    Companies exhibiting at ProFood Tech, March 26-28 in Chicago, now have a new opportunity to reach the 7,000 expected attendees and spotlight innovations, emerging technologies and business solutions. The Innovation Zone and Disruption Zone, two unique educational platforms in IDFA’s Knowledge Hub, will feature a variety of 30-minute presentations by industry experts in prime locations on the show floor. “These exclusive venues will provide a powerful opportunity to establish your company as an industry leader and innovator and to provide profitable new ideas to potential and existing customers,” said Neil Moran, IDFA senior vice president of finance, administration and trade show.
  • January 09, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for American Miners

    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 a broad range of industries across the nation, like mining? The dairy industry directly supports over 8,570 mining jobs throughout the country. It also creates nearly $1.6 billion in wages and $6.9 billion in economic impact for the American mining industry.
  • January 03, 2019

    Government Shutdown Affects Agencies Important to Dairy

    The federal government’s partial shutdown, which began at midnight on Dec. 21, has continued into the new year. While five of the appropriations bills have been enacted, Congress was unable to put together a package funding the remainder of the government that the president would agree to sign. The agriculture appropriations bill, which funds the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, is among the appropriations bills still outstanding. Each agency develops its own shutdown plan, and IDFA has summarized the plans most pertinent for dairy company members.
  • January 03, 2019

    USTR Includes Dairy Priorities in Trade Negotiation Objectives with Japan

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) late last month released its negotiating objectives for a bilateral trade pact with Japan. The objectives include several of IDFA’s priorities, such as promoting equitable access to Japan’s agriculture market, eliminating or reducing tariffs on U.S. agricultural products and eradicating technical barriers to trade. Japan is U.S. dairy’s fourth-largest international market, representing sales of more than $290 million.
  • Stephen Ostroff, M.D., deputy commissioner of food and veterinary medicine for FDA, opens IDFA's Regulatory RoundUP in 2018.
    January 03, 2019

    Former FDA Deputy Commissioner Joins Dairy Forum 2019 Program

    Stephen Ostroff, M.D., retiring deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine at the Food and Drug Administration, will address dairy leaders attending Dairy Forum 2019, Jan. 20-23 in Orlando, Fla. “Dr. Ostroff brought extensive experience and leadership to the agency, and he shares our goals to protect public health and provide quality dairy products,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “We’re pleased to feature remarks from this esteemed leader at Dairy Forum.”
  • January 03, 2019

    IDFA to Support ADPI Dairy Protein Messaging Campaign

    IDFA is providing regulatory and scientific input for a new consumer communications initiative on dairy protein. The American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) launched the initiative last fall to communicate positive facts about dairy proteins and enable consumers to make more informed decisions. IDFA is supporting this campaign by providing information to ensure campaign messages are firmly based in the latest science and research. “We’re pleased to work with ADPI and the entire dairy industry on its efforts to tout the positive nutritional benefits of dairy proteins,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs. “IDFA will be participating in this campaign to provide our regulatory expertise and insights for consumer messages about dairy proteins that are impactful, truthful and not misleading.”
  • A symbol is one of the many options food companies have to label BE foods. The symbol pictured right applies to mandatory disclosures. The symbol pictured left applies to voluntary disclosures.
    December 20, 2018

    USDA Releases National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service today released the final rule on the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, introducing mandatory labeling rules for bioengineered (BE) foods and foods with BE ingredients. The rule does not provide the level of transparency IDFA and consumers were hoping for. Disclosure is not required for highly refined foods and ingredients that are derived from BE crops because they do not contain detectible levels of modified genetic material. However, the new regulations do allow for voluntary disclosure of food and ingredients that are derived from BE crops and other claims regarding BE food that are consistent with federal law.
  • December 20, 2018

    IDFA, NMPF Host FDA Officials to Discuss Pilot Program for Inspections

    IDFA is continuing to facilitate an open dialogue with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials who will soon introduce a pilot program to streamline inspections of Grade “A” and non-Grade “A” dairy products, when produced in a single facility, instead of having two separate inspections at different times. IDFA and others in the dairy industry support FDA’s intent to use government resources efficiently and reduce the inspection burden on these facilities, while maintaining high standards of food safety. This week, IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation hosted FDA officials in a face-to-face meeting with stakeholders to discuss ways to ensure the success of the pilot program.
  • December 19, 2018

    USMCA Implementation Must Lift Tariffs, IDFA Tells Intl. Trade Commission

    IDFA has kept up the drumbeat on trade issues important to dairy, stressing that without steel and aluminum tariffs being lifted on Mexico, the newly signed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) remains a hollow victory for U.S. dairy. Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, last month testified in front of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to stress the issue and discuss USMCA’s economic impact on U.S. dairy. IDFA this week submitted additional written comments to the ITC to underscore U.S. dairy’s trade priorities.
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