Dairy Health Check

“If kids are not eating what is being served, they are not benefiting, and food is being wasted.

USDA finalizes new school meals rule

By Beth Newhart

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is relaxing school lunch nutrition standards put in place by the Obama Administration and giving more menu control back to schools. It focuses on flexibility for milk, whole grains and sodium standards.

Both brands are recalling products for allergy alerts.

Danone and Hiland Dairy issue products recalls

By Beth Newhart

Danone North America is recalling its Light & Fit Greek Crunch S’mores flavor, and Hiland Dairy is recalling its half-gallon Whole Chocolate Milk, both for an allergy alert.

Will New Zealanders embrace or reject the potential positives of gene editing? Pic:©Getty Images/Pixturn

Success of world’s first allergen-free milk producer could help persuade Kiwis of benefits.

New Zealand tentatively reopens debate into dairy gene editing

By Richard Whitehead

It is an irony of bioscience that a country that prohibits most genetically modified produce from the food chain is a world leader in the development of gene editing.

Typical cattle-weighing methods are stressful and occasionally harmful for both farmers and their livestock.

Beefie streamlines cattle weighing with smartphone app

By Beth Newhart

Agroninja Beefie has developed a smartphone app that can weigh cattle with up to 95% accuracy through simply taking a picture. The Hungarian startup’s technology hit the market over the summer and is expanding globally.

Fonterra is targeting a reduction in carbon emissions of 30% by 2030 and net zero by 2050 across all New Zealand operations.

Fonterra site to reduce emissions by 25%

By Jim Cornall

Fonterra’s Brightwater milk processing plant in Nelson, New Zealand, is now co-firing on wood after the site’s newly converted boiler was officially switched on.

Dairy products are reportedly the most sought-after packaged food in weight management.

Weight management packaged dairy products are on the rise

By Beth Newhart

Dairy products represent a large share of the growing weight management market, with more consumers looking for healthy packaged goods. Butter, grains, flour and frozen meals are all expanding in demand.

The new allergen kits are designed to prevent product cross-contamination following product changeovers.

News in brief

New allergen kit eliminates need for additional conveyor system

By Jim Cornall

Dynamic Conveyor Corporation, a US manufacturer of easy to clean conveyor systems for the food processing, pharmaceutical and packaging industries, now offers an allergen kit to accompany its DynaClean sanitary conveyors.