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USDA Ups Forecast for Dairy Retail Prices
Friday, May 27, 2011 (1621 reads)

The USDA has once again increased its yearly forecast for dairy retail prices but economists believe an end to price hikes is in sight. The Economic Research Service (ERS) at the USDA upped its 2011 dairy price forecast from 5 to 6 percent in its monthly update on food pricing trends.

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IDF Publishes New Milk Supply Guidelines After Melamine Crisis
Friday, May 27, 2011 (1540 reads)

New milk supply guidelines have been launched by the International Dairy Federation (IDF) in response to the Chinese melamine crisis in 2008. The newly published guidance document contains information on tools, procedures and methods that can be used to combat contamination of suppliers’ milk.

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New Attempts Contemplated for Higher SCC Standard
Thursday, May 26, 2011 (1508 reads)

After rejection of a stricter somatic cell count standard, dairy industry officials are contemplating “what’s next?” Proponents of a 400,000-cell standard may try to bring the measure up for another vote. But it will have to wait two years, since the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments, which turned down the proposal on May 4, doesn’t meet again until the spring of 2013. 

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Price Volatility, Dairy Exports Affected by Milk Supply Controls, According to IDFA Economist
Thursday, May 26, 2011 (1903 reads)

A review by IDFA's chief economist of various analyses of NMPF's dairy market stabilization proposal contends that the program would slow U.S. job growth in agriculture, curtail the U. S. dairy industry's export potential and impede worldwide food security while increasing domestic price volatility.

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3-A SSI Announces 2011 Volunteer Awards and Progress Report
Thursday, May 26, 2011 (1448 reads)

3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. (3-A SSI) announced the recipients of its 2011 Volunteer Service Awards and the release of the latest annual progress report, Moving Ahead in Our Mission, at the 3-A SSI Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, WI. 

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Rising Milk Prices Trigger 10 to 12 Percent Rise in Skimmed Milk Powder Prices
Thursday, May 26, 2011 (1662 reads)

Apart from causing sharp increase in prices of dairy products, the recent rise in milk prices has also triggered a 10 to 12 per cent rise in the prices of skimmed milk powder (SMP). Further fuelling the price rise is the rising demand for SMP. Today SMP in bulk is being sold at Rs 200 per kg.

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House Republicans Propose $285m in FDA Cuts
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 (1540 reads)

House Republicans have proposed a $285m cut to FDA funding in fiscal 2012, 11.5 percent less than 2011, although the agency is seeking additional funds to pay for new food safety legislation.

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FDA Issues First New Rules Under Food Safety Modernization Act
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 (1611 reads)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced two new regulations that will help ensure the safety and security of foods in the United States. The rules are the first to be issued by the FDA under the new authorities granted the agency by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law by President Obama in January. Both rules will take effect July 3, 2011.

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IDF Reveals Details of 2011 World Dairy Summit
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 (1703 reads)

Sustainability is to take center stage at the 2011 IDF World Dairy Summit – to be held this year in Parma, Italy, in October. The event, which takes place from October 15 - 19, will review the progress made towards the sustainability goals set out in the Global Dairy Agenda for Action.

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India Seen as Ripe for Processed Dairy Growth
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 (2532 reads)

Both large and small dairy companies are introducing products in India, where the processed dairy market is expected to grow 15% to 20% over the next five years. "With organized retail growing, consumers have more exposure to premium and super-premium products. They have high expectations and our aim is to fulfill those aspirations," said Devendra Shah, chairman of the Gowardhan brand, which recently launched the GO sub-brand for high-end dairy foods.

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