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  • October 03, 2017

    U.S. Food Producers, Manufacturers Urge President Trump to Voice Serious Concerns to Japan, Mexico over EU Geographical Indications Lists

    In a letter sent Tuesday to President Trump, IDFA joined other food industry groups in urging the United States to impress upon trade partners that the lists of geographical indications they are considering for approval with the European Union, or will soon be considering, must not include common food and beverage terms. The groups said they hoped the United States would make its voice heard with Mexico and Japan and to tell them that it is in their best interests to safeguard common terms for all producers.
  • September 28, 2017

    U.S. Dairy Industry Cautions Japan to Respect Current Trade Relationships During Review of EU’s List of Geographical Indications for Foods

    IDFA joined other dairy organizations last week in urging Japanese agriculture officials to respect current market access between Japan and its trading partners when reviewing a list of geographical indications proposed by the European Union. In a joint letter to the Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, leaders from IDFA, the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council asked Japan to finalize a list of GIs that does not encroach on common food names. “We urge you to make sure that the steps you take do not unnecessarily limit healthy trade and competition within your market,” they said.
  • September 28, 2017

    ProFood Tech Exhibit Sales Open With New Exhibitor Advisory Council

    Fresh off a successful 2017 debut that brought together nearly 10,000 food and beverage professionals, ProFood Tech announced this week its Exhibitor Advisory Council and launched exhibit sales for its return to Chicago, March 26-28, 2019. Powered by world trade show leaders PACK EXPO, Anuga and IDFA, the biennial show is unprecedented in its ability to bring the industry together and address key issues. Showing strong support is the Exhibitor Advisory Council whose members read like a Who’s Who of food and beverage processing. The deadline to participate in priority booth selection and receive early-bird space rates is Nov. 3, 2017.
  • September 22, 2017

    Geographical Indications in New EU-Canada Trade Agreement Violate International Trade Commitments

    The European Union-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) was provisionally implemented today. Of deep concern to the U.S. dairy industry is the automatic protection the EU gained for five generic cheese names: “asiago,” “feta,” “fontina,” “gorgonzola” and “munster.” “The outcome in CETA on GIs goes against the very core of a trade agreement, which is to remove trade barriers – not erect new ones – and allow for greater competition,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA. “We are diligently working to ensure strong provisions that protect generic terms are included in NAFTA 2.0, as well as to discourage Mexico from going down the Canadian path as it negotiates a GIs list with the EU.”
  • September 08, 2017

    IDFA Welcomes Realignment of Codex Office within USDA

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture in May created its first undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs (TFAA) following a directive from Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill. Yesterday, the department announced that the U.S. Codex Office would move from the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to TFAA to improve the department’s coordination on trade and international activities. “IDFA welcomes this timely move,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association. “Placing the U.S. Codex office in the Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs area helps to ensure that Codex standard-setting activities will be founded on strong science, result in real public health benefits and facilitate fair trade of U.S. dairy products around the world.
  • Cary Frye, IDFA Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
    August 14, 2017

    IDFA Names Cary Frye Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs

    IDFA today named Cary Frye to the position of senior vice president of regulatory affairs. In this role, Frye will be responsible for managing the association's regulatory team covering the areas of food safety, food defense, federal standards of identity, labeling, international Codex Alimentarius standards, nutrition policy, environmental and worker safety. “As I have met with IDFA members and dairy industry leaders, I have been amazed at how many have sung Cary’s praises: sharing ways she has helped them with a nutrition or labeling issue, citing her deep understanding of dairy science and commending her passion for the dairy industry,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “It is an honor to recognize Cary’s outstanding contribution to our industry and promote her to this important leadership position in IDFA.”
  • August 11, 2017

    IDFA Applauds FDA Leadership for Resolving the Long-Standing Regulatory Burden on Use of Ultrafiltered Milk

    IDFA today commended the leadership of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for granting enforcement discretion for the use and labeling of ultrafiltered (UF) milk in all standardized cheeses and related cheese products covered by the federal standards of identity. “On behalf of our member companies, I would like to thank Scott Gottlieb, FDA commissioner, and Stephen Ostroff, M.D., deputy commissioner of food and veterinary medicine, for taking a common-sense approach to a long-standing regulatory burden on dairy foods companies,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. The use of UF milk increases efficiency in cheesemaking, enhances cheese yield for cheesemakers and allows for fewer trucks on the roads, which reduces transportation costs. It is also responsive to many dairy consumers’ desire for environmentally-friendly and sustainable production practices.
  • July 01, 2017

    Vanilla Reigns Supreme; Chocolate Flavors Dominate in Top Five Ice Cream Favorites Among Americans

    While vanilla ice cream continues to reign supreme as America’s favorite, chocolate-filled flavors dominate the top five bestselling ice cream flavors according to a recent survey of ice cream makers and retailers across the United States. The survey was conducted by the International Dairy Foods Association among its members who make and market ice cream as well as members of the National Ice Cream Retailers Association, which includes operators of ice cream parlors in the United States.
  • June 28, 2017

    IDFA Seeks Nominations for 2018 Food Safety Leadership Award

    The dairy industry has a longstanding reputation of providing healthy, wholesome and safe dairy products. To celebrate this continued culture of food safety across the industry, the International Dairy Foods Association is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Food Safety Leadership Award. The 2018 award will honor an individual who is a current or recently retired employee of an IDFA dairy company member and has demonstrated outstanding leadership in enhancing food safety. “We know there are many deserving individuals within our membership, and we look forward to recognizing one of these food safety leaders and highlighting his or her contribution to the industry,” said John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards. IDFA is accepting nominations through September 8, 2017.
  • June 27, 2017

    International Dairy Groups Join U.S. in Calling for Action Against Unfair Canadian Trade Policies

    The U.S. dairy sector, represented by IDFA, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), together with seven dairy groups from Argentina, Australia, the EU, Mexico, and New Zealand, is insisting that Canada remove the recently-implemented policies that are facilitating the dumping of Canadian dairy products in the international market, while making already prohibitive Canadian restrictions on dairy imports even more onerous. The groups co-signed a joint letter today requesting that their respective trade ministries “pursue all avenues available to challenge these measures, including WTO dispute settlement and bilateral trade agreement relationships.”
  • June 13, 2017

    IDFA Appreciates FDA Extension on Nutrition Facts Label Compliance

    The Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday its intention to extend the compliance dates for the new Nutrition Facts label and serving size rules. “On behalf of our members, we thank the Food and Drug Administration for extending the compliance timeline,” said Cary Frye, IDFA vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs. “Dairy foods companies are committed to giving consumers the information they need to make informed choices and appreciate the extra time to be sure that the information on the labels is complete and accurate.” FDA didn’t announce new compliance dates but said it “will provide details of the extension through a Federal Register notice at a later time.”
  • June 12, 2017

    IDFA Urges NAFTA Negotiators to Maintain Market Access to Mexico, Peel Back Protectionist Policies in Canada

    Maintaining the U.S. dairy industry’s export market in Mexico is the number one priority for IDFA when U.S. negotiators begin efforts to modernize and update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) later this year. In comments filed today with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, IDFA also urged negotiators to push for greater market access to Canada by addressing the oppressive and expanding policies that limit U.S. dairy exports to that market.
  • June 01, 2017

    Call for Nominations: 2018 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award

    Nominations are now being accepted for the 20th annual Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year, an annual award co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Herd Management magazine. The call asks for nominations of active U.S. dairy farms that are improving on-farm efficiency through progressive management practices, production technologies and/or marketing approaches. Nominees will be judged on current methods as well as their positioning to meet future economic and business challenges. Nominations must be submitted by August 25, 2017, and there is no fee to enter.
  • Tony Eberhard, IDFA Vice President of Legislative Affairs
    May 30, 2017

    Tony Eberhard, Hill Veteran and Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Sen. John Hoeven, Joins IDFA

    Tony Eberhard, the former deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), joined IDFA’s legislative team this week as vice president of legislative affairs. He will work closely with IDFA members on policy development and legislative strategy while advocating for dairy foods companies and the dairy industry before the Congress and the Administration. “Tony certainly knows his way around Capitol Hill,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA. “He has a stellar reputation for being able to navigate professionally and effectively through controversial and complex topics with positive results.” Dave Carlin, IDFA’s senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy, added, “Tony’s well-known and respected ability to forge strong relationships and get things done will be a big plus for the dairy industry and our dairy company members.”
  • (L-R): John Sheehan, director of the division of dairy, egg and meat safety at the Food and Drug Administration, John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards
    May 23, 2017

    PMO Now Aligns with FDA’s Preventive Controls Rule

    The National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments acted last week to align the Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) with the regulatory requirements in the preventive controls rule for human food under the Food Safety Modernization Act. IDFA met with representatives from the National Milk Producers Federation as well as FDA officials to build consensus on a pair of proposals developed to achieve this alignment. “Working together, state regulators, industry stakeholders, FDA officials and experts from academia demonstrated the strength of the NCIMS process to work through difficult issues and come out with a positive solution that advances food safety yet does not overly burden the dairy industry or cash-strapped states,” said John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards.
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