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  • Edith Wilkin, vice president and fellow of food safety, Leprino Foods Company, is one of three featured presenters.
    June 20, 2019

    IDFA to offer new webinar: Pathogen Environmental Monitoring and Control – The Road to Success

    IDFA will host an important food safety webinar next month for members and others across the dairy industry on the critical need for dairy plants of all sizes to design and implement robust monitoring and control programs to find and eliminate pathogens in vulnerable food production areas. Join IDFA and leading experts in the field to discuss the legal and regulatory ramifications and the “how-to’s” of putting together an effective environmental monitoring and control program to help protect your customers and brand. IDFA will host the webinar on July 16, 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern time.
  • June 13, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Performing Arts

    IDFA continues to demonstrate that the dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $620 billion in total – on the American economy. Did you know that dairy also indirectly supports the performing arts? More than 2,630 jobs in performing arts companies depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees. All told, the dairy industry creates $93.7 million in wages and over $379.1 million in economic impact for the American performing arts industry.
  • Ted McKinney, under secretary for trade and foreign affairs at USDA, stressed the importance of ratifying USMCA.
    June 13, 2019

    House Ag Hearing Focuses on Trade, Tariffs, USMCA

    The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing Wednesday on the state of U.S. agricultural products in international markets. Ted McKinney, under secretary for trade and foreign affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Gregg Doud, chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, provided background and answered questions from Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA), subcommittee chairman, and other committee members on a variety of trade issues. The topics included the negative impact of tariffs on the dairy industry, the new trade aid package for farmers and the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA).
  • June 13, 2019

    SNAP Retailers Need Flexibility to Increase Dairy Variety, IDFA Says

    In comments filed last week, IDFA called for increased variety in the dairy products stocked by retailers that serve consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Responding to USDA’s proposed rule on SNAP, IDFA said allowing flexibility will allow more small retailers to participate and provide more locations for participants to purchase nutritious dairy foods.
  • June 13, 2019

    IDFA Supports Petition to Allow Yogurt Health Claim

    In comments submitted this week, IDFA asked the Food and Drug Administration to allow enforcement discretion on qualified health claims that link consumption of yogurt to a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes. IDFA outlined the science supporting the health claim and noted that this benefit of yogurt is mentioned in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and in recommendations from the American Diabetes Association. “This accurate and important health information should be available to Americans on yogurt labels,” IDFA said.
  • Douglas Stearn, deputy director for regulatory affairs, CFSAN, FDA, gave the keynote address.
    June 13, 2019

    Regulatory Officials Share Insight, Updates on Priorities with IDFA Members

    Douglas Stearn, a top official at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), kicked off IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP last week with a discussion of the agency’s ongoing efforts on food safety and nutrition issues, especially those that affect dairy. Stearn, deputy director for regulatory affairs at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), began with an overview of the rules issued by FDA to help with implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Sessions on food litigation, recall management and novel foods and technologies were also on the agenda.
  • June 12, 2019

    IDFA to Host 37th Annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party

    To kick off the celebration of National Ice Cream Month in July, IDFA will host its 37th Annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party on Wednesday, June 19, 4-6 p.m., at Union Square Park on Capitol Hill. The Ice Cream Party has been an essential summertime event for members of Congress, their families, Capitol Hill staff and many other special guests since it began in 1982. For IDFA, it’s a valuable opportunity to showcase the dairy industry and its delicious products to federal policymakers. The party averages about 4,000 guests each year, making it one of the most popular and anticipated events in Washington.
  • June 12, 2019

    With Senate’s MILK Act, a Bipartisan Movement Takes Hold to Bring Milk Back to Schools

    If the first six months are any judge, 2019 may be known as the year milk returned to American schools. Taking a leadership role in the Senate so kids at school have access to more of the milk varieties they consume at home, Senator Patrick Toomey (R-PA) today introduced the Milk In Lunches for Kids Act (MILK Act). The MILK Act would ensure states have more options when designing school breakfast and lunch programs, providing greater discretion and flexibility as to the inclusion of reduced fat (2%) and whole milk. The MILK Act is cosponsored by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI). This new piece of legislation comes on the heels of two bipartisan efforts in the House of Representatives to expand milk offerings in schools.
  • Ned Sharpless, Acting Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration
    June 12, 2019

    FDA Issues Statement, Posts New Data on PFAS, Confirming Safety of Dairy Products

    FDA officials issued a statement this week clarifying the agency’s activities relating to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The joint statement is intended to assist consumers, food companies and the media in understanding what steps FDA is taking to assess the risks PFAS may pose to the food supply and human health. Importantly, the FDA confirmed that, based on the agency’s research thus far, dairy foods are safe and the system in place to ensure the safety and integrity of dairy foods is working as intended.
  • June 11, 2019

    IDFA Joins Food and Ag Leaders Calling on Congress to Pass USMCA

    With the U.S.-Mexico tariff situation resolved for now, IDFA is working alongside food and agriculture groups to advocate for swift passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Mexico and Canada are the number one and two markets for dairy exports. This week, IDFA joined forces with the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council in a letter to all members of Congress advocating for swift passage of USMCA. In addition, IDFA joined nearly 1,000 food and agriculture associations, organizations and companies in a similar letter to Congress. The U.S. dairy industry, which supports more than 3 million jobs in the United States and pumps $620 billion into the U.S. economy, is making a strong appeal to Congress to vote to ratify this important trade deal.
  • June 11, 2019

    IDFA’s Michael Dykes and Beth Hughes Named to USTR Trade Committees

    This week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced the appointment of 140 private-sector members to the Agricultural Policy Advisor Committee for Trade (APAC) in addition to six members of the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees for Trade (ATAC). IDFA Senior Director of International Affairs Beth Hughes was named to the ATAC for Processed Foods. Additionally, IDFA President and CEO Michael Dykes, D.V.M., was reappointed to the APAC. “IDFA is grateful for the honor to serve on these important committees, ensuring that the voice of dairy is reflected in trade and technical discussions,” said Dykes.
  • June 11, 2019

    Call for Proposals: Submit Your Topics for IDFA’s Spring 2020 Meetings ​

    IDFA is excited to announce a new event for 2020 – the Yogurt & Cultured Innovation Conference. The new event will be held in conjunction with our long running and successful Ice Cream Technology Conference, March 31 - April 1, 2020, at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida. IDFA is accepting proposals now for presentations and panel discussions at the new Yogurt & Cultured Innovation Conference, as well as for Ice Cream Tech.
  • June 06, 2019

    Application Deadline for Inaugural NextGen Leadership Program Is June 14

    A few spots remain available for IDFA’s 2019-20 NextGen Leadership Program. This unique initiative is designed to support, guide, and prepare mid-senior level dairy industry professionals ready to take the next step in their leadership journeys. The program will consist of a class of 15-20 IDFA members for a multi-faceted year-long opportunity. Program participation is limited to representatives of IDFA member companies. If you would like to nominate an employee for the 2019-20 NextGen Leadership Class, contact Colin Newman, IDFA manager of legislative affairs and political programs, at He will walk the employee through the application process. Applicants must complete the application and submit materials no later than June 14.
  • June 05, 2019

    In Comments to USTR, IDFA Stresses Trade Pact, Not Tariffs, Best Solution for Dispute with EU

    In response to the World Trade Organization’s finding last May that European Union subsidies for Airbus airplanes adversely affected U.S. airplane manufacturers, the U.S. Trade Representative recently proposed a list of tariffs for EU products, including dairy, and requested public comments on the retaliatory amount. In its comments, IDFA said the escalation of tariffs with U.S. trading partners is causing uncertainty in the market and causing U.S. companies to lose hard-earned market share. Noting that it supports U.S. rights to retaliate against illegal subsidies, IDFA said establishing a comprehensive U.S.-EU trade agreement would be the best solution.
  • June 04, 2019

    House Appropriations Committee Passes Bill with Benefits for Dairy

    The House Committee on Appropriations this week passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Agriculture Appropriations bill that includes funding for two IDFA priorities: creating a milk incentive program within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and modernizing outdated food standards of identity. The bill also includes language that protects USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) projects from termination, which means the bill continues the $1.5 million in funding for research on new technologies that would help ice cream manufacturers handle production waste, improve sustainability and reduce costs.
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