Regulation & Safety

The bill was announced at the US Capitol Building on Wednesday. Pic: Idaho Dairymen's Association

Bipartisan farm labor bill could ensure a stable workforce

By Beth Newhart

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 was introduced in the US House of Representatives this week, with the goal of expanding the H-2A foreign guestworker program and aiding with legalization of current workers.

Guarding against listeriosis is of significant importance for the food industry. Pic: Getty Images/Pitja

IDF publishes Listeria guidance bulletin

By Jim Cornall

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has published new guidance outlining additional actions that can be taken in the production process to minimise risk of Listeria contamination in dairy products.

“It’s impressive to see how this industry comes together. They don’t point fingers at each other, they work together.

DMI exec talks sustainability strategy after six months on the job

By Beth Newhart

After years of working under former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden officially joined Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) in April of 2019. Her role as executive VP of global environmental strategy has put her focus on telling the sustainability...

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Chile: Milk labeling law unanimously approved

By Asia Sherman

Chile’s Chamber of Deputies and Senate unanimously approved a new regulation that requires clear labeling of the origin and composition of milk and dairy products.

Trade tensions between the US and China have finally started to ease, but US consumers might see the tariffs reflected in retail prices soon. Pic: Getty/Lumineux_Images

Dairy prepares for potential 2020 recession

By Beth Newhart

Global dairy markets are expected to remain firm through mid-2020, but Rabobank predicts that the second half of the year will be tighter in the face of a possible global recession.

Clover has been selling products in South Africa since the late 19th Century.

Milco/Clover merger approved after improvements made

By Jim Cornall

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has approved the merger of Milco SA (Pty) Ltd and Clover Industries Ltd, subject to employment, local procurement of bulk juice concentrate, and information sharing conditions.

Business is progressively acknowledging how deeply reliant it is on the planet’s biodiversity.

Dairy companies among biodiversity pledge coalition

By Jim Cornall

Nineteen companies and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), have launched a new initiative to protect and restore biodiversity within their supply chains and product portfolios.

Milco SA plans to delist the company from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) if the deal is approved.

Clover and Milco hearings continue

By Jim Cornall

The hearing into the proposed merger transaction, whereby Milco SA (Pty) Ltd (Milco) seeks to acquire Clover Industries Ltd (Clover), resumed on Monday, September 9, 2019, South Africa’s Competition Tribunal says.

 “We want an ongoing relationship with China. We are in this for the long haul.

USDEC positive after China visit in spite of new tariffs

By Beth Newhart

Over the weekend, US president Donald Trump put into effect a new round of tariffs on Chinese goods, while the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) visited Chinese officials to preserve its relationship with China.

The pending location in south central Idaho is considered the heart of the state's dairy industry. Pics: The University of Idaho

Largest US research dairy set for Idaho

By Beth Newhart

The University of Idaho has planned the largest research dairy in the US, set to break ground in 2021. A demonstration farm and agro-tourism center will accompany the 2,000-cow dairy on Idaho’s campus.

Milk Specialities vows to take new sustainability action

By Beth Newhart

Dairy protein ingredients company Milk Specialties Global has released its first corporate social responsibility report, outlining new tactics for how it will reduce its carbon footprint and recycle water.

The high price of milkfat means it is susceptible to replacement by other animal fats or vegetable oils. Pic: Getty Images/maxsol7

IDF issues guidance to help determine milkfat purity

By Jim Cornall

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has issued guidance on the determination of milkfat purity, providing additional direction to those involved in the testing of milk and dairy products.

“It is vital that consumers have transparency and awareness of the quality dairy products available to them.

‘Mozzarella’ protected for global cheese use

By Beth Newhart

The European Union’s effort to take sole ownership of common cheese terms based on origin has ended in an agreement, protecting the fate of ‘mozzarella’ around the world.

Dairy farmers called the picnic setting “casual, comfortable and efficient,” for fostering discussions. Pic: DBA

DBA ‘policy picnics’ bolster member engagement

By Beth Newhart

This summer, the Dairy Business Association (DBA) has hosted ‘policy picnics’ in collaboration with the Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative. The member events brings together the dairy community during a time of economic stress.

“The details we announced today ensure farmers will not stand alone in facing unjustified retaliatory tariffs.

USDA releases new farm aid details

By Beth Newhart

A $16bn aid package for US farmers was first announced in May. Last week Secretary Sonny Perdue gave more details about how and when the funding will be divided up.

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UK sugar tax has removed 45,000 tonnes of sugar from shelves, says government

Will UK sugar tax be extended to milk drinks?

By Rachel Arthur

The UK government is considering extending its sugar tax to milk drinks: with the announcement made just before the confirmation of Boris Johnson – who has pledged a review of ‘nanny state sin taxes’ – as the country's next Prime Minister.

The companies and organizations fined more than €80m are challenging the ruling. Pic: ©Getty Images/NiroDesign

Dairy companies set to fight Spanish fines

By Jim Cornall

The CNMC (National Commission on Markets and Competition) in Spain has fined eight companies who operate in the raw cow’s milk supply market for activities between the years 2000 and 2013.

The natural history of food allergies has changed during the last two decades in the severity of clinical manifestations. Pic: Getty/AndreyPopov

Mead Johnson wants more parents taking ‘allergic action’

By Beth Newhart

Food allergies are on the rise in children, creating allergen-free public areas, food products and school policies to manage those that are life-threatening. Cow's milk allergy is common in babies and can potentially lead to other intolerances without...

The ADC is concerned the necessary votes needed to pass USMCA may be lost if the process is carried into 2020. Pic: ©Getty Images/AlexLMX

ADC expresses USMCA delay concerns

By Jim Cornall

The American Dairy Coalition (ADC) and its member producers across the nation have expressed concern that the vitality of the nation’s dairy industry will continue to be impaired if there is not swift passage of the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA)...

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