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NMPF and USDEC write to US President-elect Trump underscoring ‘positive impact’ of US dairy

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) have sent a letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump, highlighting the “positive impact” that prior trade agreements...

Milk powder seized due to food safety concerns

US Marshals have seized more than four million pounds of items made by Valley Milk Products due to Salmonella concerns.

Listeria in ice cream used to study dose-response relationship

Despite widespread distribution of Listeria tainted ice cream not many illnesses were reported due to low contamination levels in a product that does not support growth, according to a study.

UK Government group to study skills and labor in the dairy industry

The Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) in the UK has launched an inquiry on skills and labor in the dairy industry.

Second report on Milk Package looks to possible extension

The European Commission has published its second report on the operation of the Milk Package, measures launched in 2012 to strengthen the position of European dairy producers in the supply chain.

Guest article

Looking for mycotoxins in dairy products - New detection methods can be lifesavers

If you are in the dairy business, you know the threats posed by mycotoxins, particularly aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2 and M1.

Animal welfare logos: Putting a premium price on what should be a legal minimum?

Denmark unveiled its voluntary logo for animal welfare last month and Germany looks set to launch its own. But should a high standard of welfare not be the legal minimum...

Made in Switzerland 'Swissness' law to enter in force 1 January 2017

'Unfortunate': Nestlé to lose Swiss cross on 80 brands

Nestlé will be forced to drop the Swiss cross from 80 products manufactured in Switzerland following a new law on 'Swissness' set to come into force in January next year. "This...

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Origin labelling: A step towards transparency - or worrying form of ‘gastronationalism’?

Calls for mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) are growing louder in Europe and supporters say it will restore trust, provide transparency and help consumers support local producers if they...

UK law seeks to close infant & follow-on formula ‘loopholes’

A UK bill seeking to close infant and follow-on formula regulation ‘loopholes’ has been unanimously endorsed by Parliament’s House of Commons.

Report urges UK to improve poor breastfeeding support

Scotland and Northern Ireland have made improvements in policies that encourage women to continue breastfeeding but England and Wales still lag behind, according to scorecards in a report from the...

3M sets sights on Cronobacter with detection test

3M Food Safety has introduced an assay for the molecular detection of Cronobacter.

Australian dairy industry inquiry goals set

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says its dairy industry inquiry will examine competition between milk processors, contracts between processors and farmers, global supply markets, and the profitability of...

5-c creator Serge Hercberg on nutrition logos, lobbies and conflicts of interest

France’s ‘five colour’ logo is effective, easily understood and does not discriminate against foods such as cheese or crisps - but the food lobby is determined to block it, says...

Censoring choice? SNE concerned about Romanian infant formula plans

Restricting mothers’ access to information about infant formula may have negative public health consequences, trade group Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE) has said following a draft Romanian law banning the marketing...

FSMA guidelines for US dairy sector remain hazy with uncertainty spreading throughout food industry

The first round of compliance dates for the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) passed in late September, but there is still some questioning from the US food industry on...

FSS releases info on E. coli O157 outbreak linked to Errington Cheese

Errington Cheese has dropped a judicial review against Food Standards Scotland (FSS) but it can still not sell product.

Comment

A cheese by any other name: Let plant-based alternatives use traditional dairy terms

Why call something 'vegan cheese' when you could call it 'a plant-derived, oil-based dairy analog'? How about because it is vegan cheese. It's time for the dairy lobby to see plant-based alternatives...

Over half kids' food on Spanish TV use health halo claims: Research

Over half of all food products marketed to children on Spanish television make some kind of nutrition or health claim but many of these products are unhealthy, say researchers calling for...

Romania goes beyond EU minimum with infant formula restrictions

Romania wants to ban the promotion of infant formula products for children up to the age of two years, but it remains to be seen whether this draft law will...

Errington Cheese welcomes Actalia’s E. coli findings

Errington Cheese has welcomed findings from a specialist dairy testing lab that its cheeses did not contain E. coli O157 implicated in an outbreak which sickened more than 20 people.  

Under-12s seeing 88% fewer ads for non-nutritious products, says industry

Game over for food marketing to kids, says consumer group

Food and drink companies need to turn their words on marketing to children into action, says European consumer rights group BEUC, as it calls 'game over' on marketing unhealthy food...

NEWS IN BRIEF

Fonterra launches internal probe into expired milk powder scam in China

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has launched an internal investigation following the arrest of 19 people for selling approximately 330.7 tons (300 tonnes) of the company’s expired milk powder in...

Option paralysis: Consumers were confused by 'Choices'

Dutch ditch healthy eating logo for an app

The Dutch government has ordered the industry-led healthy eating logo to be phased out and replaced with an app that allows consumers to scan products for nutrition information.

Dairy UK says Groceries Code Adjudicator should extend to foodservice, small retailers and wholesalers

The performance of the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) in the UK will be examined in a statutory review launched by Business Minister Margot James.

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