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  • November 01, 2017

    Dykes Delivers US Trade Outlook at World Dairy Summit

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, addressed international dairy leaders attending the World Dairy Summit this week in Belfast, Ireland, providing an in-depth look at the shifting U.S. trade policy and what’s at stake for dairy. He stressed that the U.S. government should again embrace a proactive trade policy and focus on new bilateral free trade agreements, noting that U.S. milk production likely will continue to outpace domestic consumption at the same time that the world population is expected to add an additional 2 billion people over the next 30 years.
  • November 01, 2017

    FDA Proposes Unprecedented Revocation of Soy Health Claim

    The Food and Drug Administration this week proposed a rule to revoke a health claim for soy protein and the risk of coronary heart disease. This is the first time that the agency has proposed to revoke a health claim that was originally put into place under its "significant scientific agreement" criteria. In the announcement, FDA said numerous studies have presented inconsistent findings on the relationship between soy protein and heart disease since it adopted the health claim in 1999. “These significant scientific agreement claims are based on a longstanding consensus in the scientific community, so we don’t expect to see any other immediate changes from the agency,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs.
  • November 01, 2017

    Taylor Boone Joins IDFA Regulatory Team as Coordinator

    IDFA this month welcomed Taylor Boone to its regulatory department as coordinator of regulatory affairs. As coordinator, Boone will be responsible for helping draft comments on regulatory issues and proceedings as well as supporting efforts of IDFA’s regulatory team, led by Cary Frye, senior vice president of regulatory affairs. The other team members are John Allan, vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, and Emily Lyons, director of regulatory affairs and counsel.
  • November 01, 2017

    Sweetener Colloquium to Cover the State of Play in Sugar Policy

    Current activities in the Trump Administration and Congress could have significant implications for the sweetener sector and companies that use sugar in their products. Negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement are underway, while the effects of the newly modified sugar suspension agreements with Mexico are becoming clear and Congress has begun efforts to renew the farm bill. How will sugar fare in these areas? Policy experts at the International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 11-14, will share their insights on these topics and more affecting sweetener users in the year ahead. Registration is open with an early-bird registration rate through Nov. 9.
  • November 01, 2017

    ProFood Tech Early-Bird Rates for Exhibit Space End Friday

    ProFood Tech has launched exhibit sales for its return to Chicago, March 26-28, 2019, and IDFA invites members to take advantage of the early-bird rates. Fresh off a successful 2017 debut that brought together nearly 10,000 food and beverage professionals, ProFood Tech will offer priority booth selection and early-bird exhibit space rates through Friday, Nov. 3. ProFood Tech is a biennial event powered by world trade show leaders PACK EXPO, Anuga and IDFA. "The new show provides countless growth opportunities for companies willing to employ new technology and techniques to boost production, efficiency and profits,” said Neil Moran, IDFA senior vice president of finance, administration and trade show.
  • November 01, 2017

    ‘Dairy Delivers,’ IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at Michigan

    The dairy products industry in Michigan employs more than 28,000 skilled individuals, generates $1.08 billion in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $6.08 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank 10th among the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in contributions to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2017, according to IDFA’s Dairy Delivers. The tool is designed to help tell the story of the economic power of the dairy products industry.
  • Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross
    October 27, 2017

    Food, Ag Groups Warn Secretary Ross of Harm NAFTA Withdrawal Would Cause

    IDFA, along with 85 other food and agriculture groups, sent a letter this week to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, stressing that a withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would cause “immediate, substantial harm” to their industries and the U.S. economy. The letter specifically mentioned dairy, saying that ending the agreement would cause tariff rates to soar and would undermine the market for U.S. dairy exports in Mexico. The groups submitted the letter in response to comments made by the Secretary earlier this month, when he called warnings of harmful consequences for agriculture in a NAFTA withdrawal “an empty threat.”
  • October 27, 2017

    IDFA Reports Dairy Trade Barriers to USTR

    IDFA submitted comments this week to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in preparation for the 2018 National Trade Estimate (NTE) Report. Published annually, the report lists the many tariff and non-tariff barriers, like protective measures and technical obstacles to trade, that U.S. companies face around the world, as well as positive steps taken to alleviate them. Based on input from members, IDFA’s comments referenced obstacles dairy companies face overseas, Canada’s implementation of protectionist pricing policies for dairy, the European Union’s attempts to restrict the use of common food names using geographical indications, India’s de facto ban on U.S. dairy products and other restrictions to trade in Indonesia, Korea and Russia.
  • Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs, (second from left) joins International Dairy Federation members attending the meeting.
    October 25, 2017

    Codex Committee Makes Progress on International Labeling Standards

    Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs, joined representatives from 46 different countries last week in Asunción, Paraguay, for a Codex Committee on Food Labeling meeting to address several proposed changes to international labeling standards. These standards are used as the basis for arbitrating trade disputes and are utilized by governments around the world. Frye led the International Dairy Federation delegation that attended the meeting. The committee completed work on international date-marking standards, reached a consensus to begin working on voluntary front-of-pack labeling standards, finalized standards for labeling of some dairy products and agreed upon areas of new work.
  • October 25, 2017

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte to Open Dairy Forum

    IDFA is pleased that Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), chair of the House Judiciary Committee and senior member of the House Agriculture Committee, will deliver the opening remarks at Dairy Forum 2018 in Palm Desert, California. Kicking off the event with the Chairman’s lecture, Rep. Goodlatte will discuss dairy’s place in the farm bill’s path to passage and outline his efforts to create a guest-worker program that works for dairy. “Chairman Bob Goodlatte is a deeply respected agricultural leader on Capitol Hill and a good friend of dairy,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “His firsthand knowledge of how the farm bill is taking shape and insights on immigration legislation will be invaluable information for all attendees.”
  • October 25, 2017

    IDFA, NMPF Urge FDA to Reject Petition on Interstate Sales of Raw Milk

    To protect the health of American consumers, the Food and Drug Administration must keep a tight grip on regulations that prohibit interstate sales of unpasteurized milk and milk products intended for human consumption, IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said last week in comments. They encouraged FDA to reject a petition submitted last spring by the Real Food Consumer Coalition, which asked for enforcement discretion to allow the sale of unpasteurized milk and milk products bearing warning labels and safe-handling instructions in interstate commerce.
  • October 25, 2017

    IDFA Workshop to Offer Financial Tools, Benchmarks and Insight

    For more than 25 years, IDFA’s Dairy Accounting and Finance Workshop has provided dairy accounting and finance professionals with information and tools to enhance their understanding of critical financial functions that are specific to dairy and will enable them to improve their company’s bottom line. This year’s workshop, Dec. 12-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina, will comprehensively cover milk pricing, tax credits, cost segregation, federal and state milk reports, cost centers and ways to measure plant efficiency. Attendees also will learn about the latest software, best practices, industry news, opportunities and the benchmarks for cheese, ice cream, milk and cultured products manufacturers to use.
  • October 25, 2017

    ‘Dairy Delivers,’ IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at Illinois

    The dairy products industry in Illinois employs more than 40,000 skilled individuals, generates $1.61 billion in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $7.98 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank ninth among the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in contributions to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2017, according to IDFA’s Dairy Delivers. The tool is designed to help tell the story of the economic power of the dairy products industry.
  • October 17, 2017

    US Negotiators Discuss Dairy Issues in NAFTA Talks

    The fourth round of talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) began last week outside of Washington, D.C., where representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico discussed the agreement’s Agriculture chapter, including dairy. In a new proposal, U.S. negotiators asked Canada to address concerns about Canada’s new dairy pricing policy, which has effectively blocked some U.S. dairy exports to Canadian markets and lowered prices for skim milk powders around the globe. Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA, attended the talks, which ran Oct. 11-17, to advocate for dairy and engage with U.S. negotiators as a cleared advisor.
  • October 17, 2017

    IDFA Supports Keeping Sodium Phosphates on National List

    In comments filed last week with the National Organic Standards Board of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, IDFA encouraged the department to continue to allow the use of sodium phosphates in organic dairy products. IDFA said sodium phosphates should remain on the National List of ingredients that may be used in processed organic products because they have unique properties in processing that other ingredients can’t provide. Sodium phosphates are emulsifying salts that offer a uniform structure for organic processed cheese during production and act as stabilizers in some fluid dairy products.
 
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