IDFA Association News


Webinar to cover Nutrition Facts label changes

IDFA SmartBrief | Aug 24, 2016

"The dairy industry must get ready now for the sweeping changes that will force all food companies to overhaul their Nutrition Facts label in the coming years," said Cary Frye, IDFA vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs. To help dairy companies prepare, IDFA will offer the webinar, "Nutrition Label Reform Final Rules: Implications for the Dairy Industry," Sept. 20-21, with sessions each day, 1-3 p.m. Eastern time.


Nominate food safety leaders for new IDFA award

IDFA SmartBrief | Aug 22, 2016

Help your colleagues and your companies get the recognition they deserve by submitting a nomination for IDFA's inaugural Food Safety Leadership Award by Aug. 31. The award will honor an individual, group or organization for demonstrating outstanding leadership directed at enhancing food safety within the dairy products industry. One recipient will receive free registration, airfare and hotel accommodations to attend Dairy Forum 2017, taking place Jan. 29-Feb.1 in Orlando.


Get up to speed with lab training for dairy

IDFA SmartBrief | Aug 19, 2016

To help dairy plant professionals stay up to date with good laboratory techniques, IDFA is joining again with Chestnut Labs to offer "Microbiological Testing: A Hands-on Food Safety Course," Nov. 1-3 in Springfield, Mo. "This skills-building course provides tools needed to help build and maintain a strong food safety program in dairy plants," said John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards. "It offers both a hands-on opportunity to learn proper lab testing practices and get up to speed on new regulatory requirements."


Food Safety Leadership Award nominations due this month

IDFA SmartBrief | Aug 17, 2016

IDFA has created the Food Safety Leadership Award to honor an individual, a group or an organization for providing outstanding leadership that has made a significant contribution to improving or reinforcing the food safety of dairy products. Submit nominations to IDFA before Aug. 31.


Former CIA Director and Dairy Forum speaker says "no" to Trump

IDFA SmartBrief | Aug 15, 2016

Dairy Forum 2017 promises to offer a powerful political program to help the industry adjust to a new administration. Kicking it off will be General Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, who made headlines with a statement that he and 49 other former national security officials will not vote for presidential nominee Donald Trump. If the statement is any indication of the no-holds-barred type of presentation Hayden will give, his timely talk will be a grand opening to Dairy Forum. Register now.


How will whole genome sequencing affect dairy?

IDFA SmartBrief | Aug 05, 2016

Whole genome sequencing, which allows laboratory workers to determine the complete DNA structure of an organism or pathogen, can be applied during foodborne illness outbreaks to identify where the contamination originated. To prepare food companies for greater use of this new technology, the Alliance for Listeriosis Prevention, of which IDFA is a member, will host a webinar on Aug. 17 from 2-3 p.m. Eastern time. Learn more.


More than 800,000 labels will need changes

IDFA SmartBrief | Aug 03, 2016

"The dairy industry must get ready now for the sweeping changes that will force all food companies to overhaul their Nutrition Facts label in the coming years," said Cary Frye, IDFA vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs, adding that more than 800,000 labels will need to change. To help dairy companies prepare, IDFA will offer a webinar, "Nutrition Label Reform Final Rule: Implications for the Dairy Industry," on Aug. 22 and 23, with two-hour sessions each day from 1-3 p.m. Eastern time. Learn more.


Call for nominations: 2017 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award

IDFA SmartBrief | Aug 01, 2016

Nominations are now being accepted for the 19th annual Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year, an annual award co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Herd Management magazine. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Dairy Forum 2017, taking place Jan. 29-Feb. 1 at the J.W. Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla. The person nominating the winner will receive complimentary registration to Dairy Forum. Nominations must be submitted by Aug. 19.


IDFA sports "sundae best" for ice cream month

IDFA SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2016

With National Ice Cream Month coming to a close this week, IDFA released its final video in a series of fast-motion, short-cut recipe films called "Sunday Sundaes." It features mounds of marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs and vanilla ice cream in a chocolate-and-caramel-rimmed glass for a s'more-topped treat. The earlier videos featured recipes for a decadent chocolate-shell sundae bowl, cherry-garnished ice cream cupcakes and baseball-inspired scoops of ice cream complete with pinstripes of red licorice. Watch them all here.




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