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  • Douglas Stearn, Deputy Director, Regulatory Affairs, CFSAN, FDA,
    April 16, 2019

    Regulatory RoundUP Offers Chance to Interact with Federal Regulators

    Do you have questions about new food safety rules and compliance? Expanding commodity purchases for federal programs? Export opportunities and obstacles? Changes to the Federal Milk Marketing Order system? These are just a few of the topics targeted for discussion at IDFA's Regulatory RoundUP, June 4-5, 2019, in metro Washington, D.C. This year’s speakers include several federal decision-makers with responsibility for the rules that affect dairy plants, products and personnel.
  • April 16, 2019

    US-Japan Trade Talks Begin; Dairy Keen on Three Key Priorities ​

    U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi met this week in Washington, D.C., to begin discussing the framework for a possible trade agreement between the two countries. The USTR’s negotiating objectives, which were outlined by the administration in December, include several of IDFA’s priorities. The top three call for increasing access to the Japanese market, reducing or eliminating tariffs on U.S. agricultural products and addressing technical barriers to trade.
  • April 15, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Repair Technicians

    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 companies that repair and maintain household and personal goods? Nearly 6,970 jobs at firms that repair and maintain personal and household goods depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees. All told, the dairy industry creates $345.8 million in wages and nearly $588.7 million in economic impact for firms employing American repair technicians.
  • April 11, 2019

    USTR Proposes Retaliatory Tariffs for EU Products, Including Dairy

    A recent trade development between the United States and the European Union that started with airplanes could have implications for the U.S. dairy industry. Last May, the World Trade Organization (WTO) found that EU subsidies for Airbus airplanes adversely affect U.S. manufacturers. As a result of the WTO decision and the EU’s continued use of subsidies, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on Monday proposed a list of EU products, including dairy, to receive retaliatory tariffs totaling $11.2 billion.
  • Scott Gottlieb, M.D.
    April 09, 2019

    FDA Commissioner Closes Term with Comments on Sodium and Standards

    Scott Gottlieb, M.D., ended his nearly two-year tenure as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration on April 5. In an interview with Politico on Friday, Gottlieb provided insight into two agency priorities that will have an impact on dairy: sodium reduction and standards of identity. Also on Friday, Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, M.D., became acting commissioner of FDA. He previously was director of the National Cancer Institute.
  • Rep. Van Taylor, R-Texas
    April 09, 2019

    IDFA Hosts Rep. Van Taylor of Texas

    IDFA continues to welcome new members of the 116th Congress to its office in Washington, D.C. Last week, IDFA and Abbott Laboratories of Abbott Park, Illinois, co-hosted a meet-and-greet with Rep. Van Taylor, R-Texas, who represents the state’s 3rd Congressional District. Taylor is a member of the House Education and Labor Committee and the Homeland Security Committee.
  • Douglas Stearn, deputy director for regulatory affairs, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA
    April 09, 2019

    CFSAN Deputy Director to Headline IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP

    Douglas Stearn, deputy director for regulatory affairs for the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will give the keynote address at IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP, June 4-5, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia. Stearn will present the key priorities on FDA’s regulatory agenda and discuss the agency’s expectations for dairy foods and ingredients companies over the coming years.
  • April 08, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Tradespeople

    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 companies that repair and maintain industrial and commercial equipment? More than 7,025 jobs at firms that repair and maintain machinery and equipment depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees. All told, the dairy industry creates $526.6 million in wages and more than $1.1 billion in economic impact for firms employing American tradespersons.
  • April 08, 2019

    In Memoriam: George Cornell, former Pacific Cheese Vice President and IDFA/NCI Board Member

    George K. Cornell, former vice president of Pacific Cheese Co., Inc., passed away March 25, after more than three decades of service to IDFA and the dairy industry. Cornell became president of the National Cheese Institute (NCI) in 1989 and was instrumental in NCI’s incorporation into the newly created International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) in 1990.
  • April 04, 2019

    States Seek to Rollback USDA’s Rules for Whole Grains and Sodium, but Keep Flavored Milk

    Seven attorneys general filed a complaint in federal court this week in opposition to new U.S. Department of Agriculture rules related to the consumption of whole grains and sodium in the school meals program. However, the states -- New York, California, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico and Vermont – and the District of Columbia opted not to challenge the third component of the new rule, which allows schools to serve low-fat flavored milk to students.
  • April 03, 2019

    Food and Beverage Execs Extol Benefits of ProFood Tech

    ProFood Tech welcomed a veritable who’s who of food and beverage leaders last week during the three-day event in Chicago. Three-quarters of the nearly 5,000 attendees were executive-level decision-makers with significant purchasing power. According to Ricky Dickson, president of Blue Bell Creameries, “The show was helpful for everything from finding inspiration for new flavor ideas, to food safety insights, to identifying the technologies that allow us to make and sell ice cream the best that we can.”
  • April 03, 2019

    Health Organizations Call for Tax on Sugary Drinks, but Not Flavored Milks

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Heart Association (AHA) issued a joint statement last week calling for policies to help curb the consumption of non-nutritious sugary drinks by children and adolescents. The organizations said public health policies should include excise taxes, limits for marketing to children and financial incentives that would encourage consumers to purchase healthier beverages and help kids and teenagers limit sugar intake. “It is important to note that the AAP and AHA statement clarified that flavored milks and 100-percent fruit juices are not considered to be sugary drinks,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs.
  • April 03, 2019

    USTR Report Identifies Burdens to Dairy Trade

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) last week issued its annual National Trade Estimate Report, outlining many tariff and non-tariff barriers, including protective measures and technical obstacles to trade, that U.S. dairy companies face around the world. In October, IDFA submitted comments to USTR highlighting trade impediments the U.S. dairy industry faces specifically in Canada, China, the European Union, Japan, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia and the United Kingdom. Several of the issues highlighted in IDFA’s comments were captured in the report
  • April 03, 2019

    Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Begins Deliberations

    The 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) held its first public meeting last week, starting a new phase in the development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. A significant emphasis was placed on transparency of the process, and monthly progress updates will be posted on USDA and Department of Health and Human Services asked the committee to provide its recommendations by May 2020, so the agencies can release the final Dietary Guidelines for Americans by the end of 2020.
  • Beth Ford of Land O’Lakes joined the panelists at Dairy Forum 2019.
    April 03, 2019

    Are You Looking for Leaders? IDFA Panel Offers Ways to Reach Them

    “We need smart people to join us in dairy. We can teach people about the industry,” said one of the six panelists at Dairy Forum 2019 who shared unique perspectives about women in the workplace and ways to encourage the next generation of dairy leaders. Their conversation, which focused on balancing work and family, mentors, teams and career advice, is featured this month in Hoard’s Dairyman.
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