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  • March 28, 2018

    Trump Asks to Extend TPA, Affirms Interest in Pursuing Trade in Asia

    President Donald Trump last week asked Congress to extend Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for three more years, a move that would allow new or renegotiated trade pacts to pass through Congress with an up-or-down vote and no amendments. In a letter requesting the extension, the president listed ongoing talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the potential for new trade agreements in Southeast Asia, which are two areas of significant interest for IDFA members. Several administration officials last week also affirmed the importance of pursing trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region, where demand for dairy products is rising rapidly.
  • March 28, 2018

    Chile Opens Investigation on Dairy Imports

    The Chilean government this month initiated an investigation to determine if imports of whole dry milk, non-fat dry milk and gouda cheese represent a threat to Chile’s domestic dairy industry. The United States is the largest exporter of non-fat dry milk to the country, representing 76 percent of Chile’s market share for the dairy ingredient. U.S. dairy companies exported more than $25 million worth of the non-fat dry milk last year to Chile. IDFA expects investigators to release recommended provisional measures to the president of Chile this week.
  • March 28, 2018

    UPDATE: FDA Clarifies Additional Details for Blue Cheese Sampling Assignment

    IDFA has learned from Food and Drug Administration officials that FDA will only test for Listeria monocytogenes in its new sampling assignment for blue cheeses. FDA has already started testing and is planning to collect approximately 200 samples of packaged product from retail stores as well as production and storage facilities. FDA will be testing both domestically produced and imported blue cheeses.
  • March 28, 2018

    IDFA Brings Dairy Cheer to National Nutrition Month

    It’s the last week of National Nutrition Month, and IDFA is looking back at highlights from its online celebration. IDFA shared fun facts about the nutritional benefits of dairy foods on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and participated in social media chats with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and nutrition experts. During School Breakfast Week, March 5-9, IDFA recognized the important nutrients dairy products bring to school meals. IDFA also honored the work of Michelle Matto, R.D.N., IDFA nutrition and labeling consultant, on March 14 for Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day.
  • March 27, 2018

    How Would Changes to the Standards of Identity Affect Dairy?

    For many dairy companies, the federal standards of sdentity can be both a help and a hinderance. These standards, which the Food and Drug Administration uses to identify distinct types of foods, can help companies define their products and offer consistency to consumers. The standards can also can prevent companies from adding innovative ingredients or changing these products to meet consumer demands. IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP, June 5-6 in Washington, D.C., will feature a session with Veronica Colas, senior associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP, on how FDA creates and enforces these standards and how dairy companies would be affected if FDA makes changes.
  • March 27, 2018

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

    The dairy products industry in Louisiana employs nearly 13,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $395 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $5.03 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 29th 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 economic impact tool, Dairy Delivers. See what it says about your state.
  • March 22, 2018

    House Passes Omnibus Bill, Includes Positive Provisions for Dairy

    Late Wednesday, Republican and Democratic congressional leaders agreed to support legislation that will fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2018. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (H.R. 1625) contains a number of provisions that will benefit the dairy processing industry. The House passed H.R. 1625 with strong bipartisan support earlier this afternoon, and IDFA expects the Senate to approve the legislation before midnight Friday, when current government funding lapses. The president is expected to sign the bill.
  • March 22, 2018

    Dykes Joins National Ag Day Celebration with Vice President Pence, Secretary Perdue

    The administration this week celebrated American agriculture and its important contributions to the nation. Michael Dykes, D.V.M, IDFA president and CEO, joined a celebration on Tuesday at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for National Agriculture Day, where Vice President Mike Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue presented a presidential proclamation recognizing the critical role of agriculture in trade and the American economy. Dykes was also invited Tuesday to participate in a White House briefing on infrastructure and met with key congressional leaders during a National Republican Congressional Committee dinner, where President Donald Trump was the keynote speaker.
  • March 21, 2018

    IDFA Supports Keeping Cellulose on National List

    Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program (NOP) decides if it will continue to allow the use of certain ingredients in organic foods. In comments filed yesterday, IDFA strongly encouraged the NOP to continue to allow the use of cellulose in organic dairy products as an anticaking agent. Cellulose is a plant-based fiber used by organic dairy companies in nominal amounts to prevent the clumping or sticking of organic sliced and shredded cheeses.
  • March 21, 2018

    IDFA Efforts Help to Maintain Missouri’s State Milk Board

    In a positive move for dairy, a committee of Missouri lawmakers last week tabled a measure to consolidate Missouri’s State Milk Board (SMB) with a new Missouri Agriculture Board, which represents a broad range of disparate commodities. Before the vote, IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation urged members of the Special Committee on Government Oversight to oppose the bill and maintain the State Milk Board, which implements the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance and its dairy safety standards and regulations. “The State Milk Board has a unique dairy safety oversight role that is important to dairy farmers, processors and consumers. We’re pleased that Missouri legislators heard our concerns and chose to halt progress on the proposed bill,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs.
  • March 19, 2018

    USDA to Issue Final Rule on FMMO for California

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that it plans to issue a final rule recommending the establishment of a Federal Milk Marketing Order for California. The USDA judicial officer appointed in February to review the hearing records for the rulemaking proceedings has ratified all actions, allowing USDA to move forward on the final rule and then initiate the voting process for producers.
  • March 13, 2018

    IDFA, NMPF Call on Missouri to Maintain State Milk Board

    A bill in the Missouri House of Representatives seeks to consolidate the State Milk Board (SMB) with the new Missouri Agriculture Board, which represents a broad range of commodities. In a letter sent this week, IDFA and NMPF urged the chair of the House Special Committee on Government Oversight to oppose the bill as written and amend it to exclude the State Milk Board from any consolidation efforts. “The SMB’s responsibilities to consumer health are too important and require extensive technical knowledge, which would make it extremely challenging to include in a general consolidated advisory board,” IDFA and NMPF said.
  • Stephen Ostroff, M.D., the deputy commissioner of food and veterinary medicine for FDA
    March 13, 2018

    FDA Deputy Commissioner to Review Regulatory Reform with IDFA Members

    In a year rife with requests for regulatory reform, Stephen Ostroff, M.D., the deputy commissioner of food and veterinary medicine for the Food and Drug Administration, will provide “FDA Views from the Top” to IDFA members attending Regulatory RoundUP in June. As part of his keynote address, Ostroff is expected to provide an update on the Trump administration’s regulatory agenda and the agency’s progress toward regulatory reform.
  • Sen. Pat Roberts
    March 13, 2018

    IDFA Celebrates Sen. Roberts and His Dedication to Improving Child Nutrition

    Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., last week received the 2018 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award from the Global Child Nutrition Foundation for his ongoing efforts to end childhood hunger. As a sponsor of the award ceremony, IDFA helped to celebrate the senator’s long history of supporting child nutrition initiatives in Congress, including leading Senate efforts on reauthorizing child nutrition programs that offered school children more nutrient-rich dairy products.
  • March 13, 2018

    Ice Cream Tech News: IDFA Room Rate Ends March 16; Book Now

    IDFA’s Ice Cream Technology Conference will be held April 10-11 in the beautiful Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Myers, Fla. Although the event is a month away, the special room rate for attendees will end March 16. If you haven’t made reservations yet, be sure to make them by Friday.
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