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School Lunch Debate Continues

The drama over school meals continues, following the publication of The New York Times Magazine article “How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground.” The School Nutrition Association CEO wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times that called for “commonsense flexibility” in administering the healthier meals rules. Read more in an exclusive excerpt from The Hagstrom Report.

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Haley Barbour, Dairy Forum Speaker, Outlines Challenges for Congress

Economic growth, immigration reform and the ability to compromise will be the major challenges facing the 114th Congress next year, according to Haley Barbour, former governor of Mississippi, who is slated to provide the Chairman’s Lecture at the 2015 Dairy Forum. Barbour recently sat down with Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, to discuss what it takes to handle political challenges and turn them into opportunities.

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Business Coalition Calls on Congress to Ensure COOL Compliance

The World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a compliance panel report on Monday that found the revised rule for U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) violates U.S. international trade obligations. Canada and Mexico had challenged the rule in the WTO, claiming it has a trade-distorting impact by reducing the value and number of cattle and hogs shipped to the U.S. market. IDFA is a member of the COOL Reform Coalition, which promotes reforms that will ensure the COOL requirements are compliant.

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IDFA, NMPF Urge States to Keep Restrictions on Raw Milk

IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation sent joint letters last week to oppose efforts in two states that aim to make raw milk more accessible to consumers. The Illinois Department of Public Health this month issued proposed regulations that would include raw milk in its definition of milk available for sale to consumers. The New Hampshire House Committee on Environment and Agriculture has proposed legislation that would allow consumers to buy raw milk at farm stands in the state.

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Declaration of Added Sugars Not Needed, IDFA Tells Health Canada

Health Canada, the agency responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, proposed changes this summer to the nutrition information required on the country’s Nutrition Facts table. In comments filed last week, IDFA expressed concern about the provision that would mandate the declaration of added sugars. IDFA demonstrated that the declaration would not help consumers and in some causes could mislead or confuse them.

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Organizations Urge Obama to Continue Child Nutrition Support

IDFA and other food organizations joined a coalition of more than 1,000 national, state and local groups this week in calling for continued support to combat childhood hunger and improve nutrition offered through federal programs. In a letter to President Barack Obama, the group urged him to continue his commitment to child nutrition programs and efforts to reduce child hunger and obesity by including significant new investments to the programs in his FY2016 budget.

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Coalition to OSHA: Withdraw Proposed Rule on Recordkeeping

IDFA continues to oppose efforts by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to require all records on workplace injuries and illnesses to be published on the OSHA website. In a letter sent this week, the Coalition of Workplace Safety, comprised of IDFA and 64 other associations and businesses, urged the agency to withdraw the proposed regulation and the subsequent supplemental notice. “There is no indication that the current recordkeeping requirements in place are ineffective,” the coalition said.

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October 28, 29, 30
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With the new school year in full swing and the holidays ahead, most dairy companies are working on new research and development projects, marketing ideas, product formulations and ingredient changes that may affect product labels. These sessions – Introduction to Labeling, Nutrition Labeling and Claims and Labeling Hot Topics – are essential for everyone involved in product labeling.

 

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