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  • February 28, 2018

    IDFA Supports Engaging in New Asia-Pacific Trade Talks

    IDFA voiced support last week for the United States to enter the new TPP trade negotiations following President Donald Trump’s recent comments about re-engaging in the trade talks to obtain a better agreement for the United States. Also last week, 26 Republican senators urged the president to enter negotiations on the agreement, which could provide U.S. dairy companies with more access to several growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • February 28, 2018

    Health Canada Seeks Comments on Mandatory Front-of-Pack Labels

    Moving forward on a new labeling mandate, Health Canada took the next step toward requiring front-of-pack symbols on the labels of products with certain levels of saturated fat, sugars or sodium. Late last month, the agency proposed four versions of an icon intended to alert consumers to foods and beverages that contain 15 percent or more of the daily value for sodium, saturated fat or sugars. Health Canada proposes to allow exemptions for unflavored whole and reduced-fat milks because they “provide a protective effect on health.” Flavored milk, yogurt, cheese and frozen desserts all would require mandatory symbols.
  • February 28, 2018

    China Releases Updated List of Approved Importers

    The Memorandum of Understanding signed last June by the Food and Drug Administration and the Chinese government established a new registration procedure for U.S. food manufacturers that export infant formula and other dairy products to China. China also requires these companies to schedule a third-party audit to ensure they are compliant with Chinese laws and regulations before they can ship products to the country. The Chinese government this month published its updated list of dairy companies it will accept as importers to the country.
  • February 28, 2018

    Participate in USDA Trade Mission to South China

    Although recent headlines regarding U.S. dairy exports have centered on Mexico and Canada, the dairy industry’s top markets, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is continuing to foster expansion of American exports to China, the third largest market for U.S. dairy. USDA will host its next Agricultural Trade Mission in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, China, May 21-25, and IDFA members are invited to participate. The application deadline is March 15.
  • February 28, 2018

    IDFA’s Going Further with Dairy During #NationalNutritionMonth

    March is National Nutrition Month, and IDFA is joining the celebration with a social media campaign to promote the nutritional benefits of dairy and the many healthy choices that are available in the dairy aisle. The theme this year, “Go Further with Food,” lets consumers know that the foods they choose can have a positive impact on their health and their communities. IDFA invites member companies to follow IDFA’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram profiles, @dairyidfa, and participate in the month-long celebration. Members may also send content that highlights their products’ nutritional benefits to socialmedia@idfa.org so IDFA can share the messages with its online audiences.
  • February 21, 2018

    Hill of Beans

    It isn’t uncommon for major pieces of legislation to be followed by “technical corrections” that are passed as part of another piece of legislation or in a technical corrections bill, explained Tony Eberhard, IDFA vice president of legislative affairs, in this week’s “Hill of Beans” column. One such adjustment is necessary for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), which passed last year with a provision, Section 199A, that gives cooperatives an unintended market advantage over other types of businesses. Working with policymakers, IDFA is seeking a solution for all members that would create a level playing field while restoring the benefits of the original Section 199 to coops, Eberhard said.
  •  (L to R) Beth Hughes, IDFA: Ted McKinney, undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs; Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA; and John Allan, IDFA.
    February 21, 2018

    IDFA Discusses Dairy Priorities with USDA’s Top Trade Official

    IDFA continues to work with the Trump administration to expand trade opportunities for dairy and seek more market access abroad. Staff members met Friday with Ted McKinney, the undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to discuss the critical trade actions the industry needs for growth. The IDFA team outlined the importance of modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement, protecting common food names and collaborating with the U.S. Codex Office now under McKinney.
  • February 21, 2018

    Commerce Proposes Penalties on Imported Aluminum and Steel

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross last week said the country’s reliance on imports of steel and aluminum rather than domestic production poses a threat to national security. To “address the problem of steel imports” and boost domestic steel production, Ross provided President Donald Trump with several potential remedies, including imposing tariffs and quotas on countries that export steel and aluminum to the United States. Such penalties could limit resources, posing significant risk to IDFA members that rely on steel or aluminum imports for manufacturing equipment or packaging.
  • Cary Frye, senior vice president of regulatory affairs, leads IDFA's regulatory team and hosts the annual Ice Cream Technology Conference.
    February 21, 2018

    Ice Cream Tech’s Interactive Sessions to Answer Regulatory Questions

    This past year has brought many proposed and final changes to food regulations. What will these changes mean for ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturers? IDFA invites professionals in ice cream and frozen dessert technology to bring their specific questions to IDFA's regulatory experts at the Ice Cream Technology Conference, April 10-11, in Fort Myers, Florida. John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, and Michelle Matto, R.D.N., principal, AM Food & Nutrition and consultant to IDFA, will offer their insights on many regulatory topics.
  • February 21, 2018

    IDFA Welcomes Four New Members

    IDFA welcomes one new dairy company member and three new Business Partners. Beyond Better Foods, LLC, the creator of Enlightened Ice Cream, joined the International Ice Cream Association. The new Business Partners are Plastic Industries, Inc., a producer of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottles for the food industry; Rodelle Inc., a vanilla extract manufacturer; and U.S. Water, a provider of solutions for challenging water, energy and compliance problems.
  • February 14, 2018

    IDFA Asks DoD to Align Military Meals with FDA Requirements

    The Defense Logistics Agency, a group under the U.S. Department of Defense that provides worldwide logistics support to the military, recently requested information regarding certain food ingredients, including trans fats and partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs). In comments submitted this week, IDFA encouraged the agency to align with the Food and Drug Administration’s position, which bans PHOs in the U.S. food supply but allows naturally occurring trans fats, such as those found in milk.
  • February 14, 2018

    USDA Appoints ‘Judicial Officer’ to Oversee Proposed FMMO for California

    One year ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a proposed rule recommending the establishment of a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) for California. Yesterday, USDA provided industry stakeholders with an updated process and timeline for the potential marketing order. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has decided to appoint a “judicial officer” to step into the pending California proceeding. Depending on the officer’s review and final judgement, the FMMO could be promulgated and implemented between November 2018 and February 2019 if approved by California producers.
  • February 14, 2018

    IDFA Calls for Continued Crediting of Dairy Products in Feeding Programs ​

    The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently requested feedback on the ways foods and beverages offered in federal feeding programs receive credit, which allows schools and day care centers to be reimbursed for meals and snacks that meet FNS requirements. In comments filed this week, IDFA emphasized that nutrient-rich dairy products are critical for good health and said crediting ensures that the children and adults participating in these programs will receive the nutrition they need.
  • February 14, 2018

    Hill of Beans

    Tony Eberhard, IDFA vice president of legislative affairs, tackled the president’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Budget in this week’s “Hill of Beans” column,” saying it’s worth paying attention to what gets included and what gets discarded. He noted that proposed cuts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s budget will affect agricultural research and could limit the dairy industry’s opportunities to explore more ag research. At the same time, the president’s proposal to revamp the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) included opportunities for USDA to provide shelf-stable milk as part of a nutritious foods package.
  • Jason Hafemeister, trade counsel to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, gave the keynote speech at the International Sweetener Colloquium.
    February 14, 2018

    USDA Trade Counsel Calls Access to Asia Critical for U.S. Ag Growth

    Adopting an aggressive U.S. trade agenda in Asia is critical for U.S. agriculture’s continued growth, according to Jason Hafemeister, trade counsel to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who gave the keynote address this week at the International Sweetener Colloquium in Orlando, Florida. He also outlined the importance of the current negotiation efforts for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and their potential impact on sugar markets.
 
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