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  • 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.
  • December 19, 2018

    New Year Brings New Features to ProFood Tech

    Attendees from more than 2,000 companies came to the inaugural ProFood Tech in 2017, the only processing event in North America that represents every segment of the food and beverage industry. Is your company on the list for 2019? The new year will bring several fresh features to the show floor, which will showcase 450 exhibitors, provide world-class learning opportunities and offer abundant networking for processing professionals who want to expand their knowledge and supplier options. Registration for the event, March 26-28 in Chicago, is now open, and IDFA encourages all dairy professionals to make plans to attend.
  • December 19, 2018

    IDFA, Others Urge USTR to Include Ag in US-EU Trade Talks

    IDFA, along with 52 other groups representing nearly the entire U.S. food and farming sector, sent a letter this week to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer stressing that free trade agreement negotiations between the United States and the European Union (EU) must address agricultural issues. An agreement that eliminates tariffs on agricultural products and other trade barriers would cause an exponential increase in U.S. food and agriculture exports, create new jobs and eliminate the trade deficit in food and agriculture that the United States has with the EU, the groups said.
  • December 19, 2018

    Where Are Dairy Markets Headed? Leading Analysts to Discuss at Dairy Forum

    Dairy executives are tasked with managing today’s complex dairy supply chain and meeting consumer demands—all while containing costs and improving operational performance. This tough task requires an eye on data and markets of the future. These two topics are the focus of a session at Dairy Forum 2019, Jan. 20-23 in Orlando, Fla., that will feature economic experts from the private, government and academic sectors. The panelists will give leaders the tools to navigate what’s next for dairy markets to keep the industry on a path of growth.
  • December 19, 2018

    Dairy Delivers® for Santa Claus

    IDFA continues to demonstrate that the dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $628 billion in total – on the American economy. Dairy also indirectly supports unique industries, and the mission of famous figures across the nation, like Santa Claus and the gifts that make Christmas possible for families across America. The dairy industry creates over $32.1 million in wages and $170.4 million in economic impact for the cookie and toy industries that are critical to Santa’s success during the holiday season.
  • December 19, 2018

    IDFA Welcomes Two New Members

    IDFA welcomes a new Gold Business Partner and Business Partner. Joining as Gold Business Partner is Pneumatic Scale Angelus, is a builder of hygienic bottling machinery for liquid dairy products. Joining as Business Partner is Massman Automation Designs, LLC, a supplier of innovative packaging solutions. Both new members will be exhibiting at ProFood Tech 2019, March 26-28 in Chicago, Ill.
  • L-R:  Carrie Calvert, Managing Director of Government Relations at Feeding America; Greg Ibach, USDA Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs; Cary Frye, IDFA Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
    December 13, 2018

    IDFA Joins USDA for Historic Fluid Milk Food Bank Delivery

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this year announced plans to purchase up to $135 million in cheese and, for the first time ever, pasteurized fluid milk for delivery to food banks across America. IDFA collaborated with the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) and Feeding America, a national hunger relief organization, to undertake significant efforts to involve processors and aid USDA to make the program a success. Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs, joined Greg Ibach, USDA undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, other USDA officials and dairy stakeholders at the Capital Area Food Bank this week in Washington, D.C., to participate in one of the milk deliveries. “It’s a win for milk processors, dairy farmers and families to have 18 million half gallons of fresh fluid milk delivered to food banks from October through April 2019 under this historic program,” said Frye.
  • December 12, 2018

    EU Trade Pact Must Provide Dairy Market Access, Protect Use of Common Cheese Names

    After announcing its intent to enter talks with the European Union (EU) on a bilateral trade pact, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is now developing negotiating objectives and seeking industry input. In comments filed this week with the USTR, IDFA said these objectives must address U.S. dairy’s widening import disadvantage, the EU’s high tariffs on American dairy products and the EU’s aggressive monopolization of the use of several cheese names.
  • December 12, 2018

    Revamped Bilateral with South Korea Maintains Market Access for US Dairy

    South Korea’s parliament last week passed the newly revamped U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement, known as KORUS. “The updated pact makes no changes to agriculture provisions and maintains U.S. dairy’s market access in South Korea,” said Beth Hughes, IDFA senior director of international affairs. The country represents the fifth-largest U.S. dairy export market.
  • December 12, 2018

    IDFA Invites Members to Participate in USDA Trade Missions Next Year

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week announced that it will lead seven trade missions next year with the goal of expanding exports of several U.S. agricultural products, including dairy. Planned USDA trade missions include cities in three of the top ten U.S. dairy export markets: Mexico, Canada, and Vietnam. The trade missions connect U.S. agriculture companies and participants with potential consumers and allow them to learn firsthand the intricacies of conducting business in their respective countries.
  • December 12, 2018

    Class Offered to Meet FDA Food Defense Rule Training Requirements

    IDFA is reminding dairy food safety professionals to meet training requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Intentional Adulteration rule. The rule, which is designed to protect against rare but potential attacks on the food supply, requires many U.S. food companies to conduct vulnerability assessments and create action plans to prevent intentional adulteration. It requires professionals overseeing these assessments to either have qualified experience or undergo FDA-recognized training. The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance now offers this FDA-approved course online. IDFA recommends that businesses with 500 or more employees, which must comply with the rule by July 26, 2019, consider having staff take the course.
  • December 12, 2018

    Apply for IDFA Summer Internship by Jan. 15

    IDFA is seeking applicants for its 2019 summer internship, which will offer one undergraduate or recent graduate a firsthand view of the association’s work with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and federal officials in regulatory agencies in support of policies benefiting the U.S. dairy industry. The internship, which is a paid position, will start in early summer 2019 and run for 10 to 12 weeks. The successful candidate will work with IDFA’s legislative and regulatory affairs teams on special projects, research and events, including IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP, legislative fly-ins and the Annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party. Students with an interest in food and agriculture policy are encouraged to apply. All applications and supporting material must be submitted by Jan. 15, 2019.
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