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FDA Adjusts Food Safety Modernization Act Fee Rates
Thursday, July 31, 2014 (849 reads)

FDA adjusted fee rates under the Food Safety Modernization Act for domestic and foreign facilities that fail to comply with a recall order in fiscal 2015, according to a Federal Register notice. As of October 1, the rate will be $217 per hour when domestic travel is required and $305 per hour if foreign travel is required. 

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Foremost Farms USA and Michigan Milk Producers Association Announce Strategic Alliance
Thursday, July 31, 2014 (1447 reads)

Foremost Farms USA®, Baraboo, Wisconsin, and Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA), Novi, Michigan, announced that the two cooperatives have formed a strategic alliance for the purpose of balancing and adding value to their members’ milk supplies in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. 

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Whey Protein Consumption Helps With Blood Glucose Control In Diabetics By Promoting Insulin Response
Thursday, July 31, 2014 (1016 reads)

Consuming whey protein before a meal can help control and reduce the large spike in blood sugar that occurs in diabetics after a meal, according to a study in the Journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. Researchers found whey protein consumption helped improve the body's physiological responses to insulin, making glucose handling more effective in diabetics. 

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U.S. Cheese Access Remains Restricted Due To Korea's EU Agreement
Thursday, July 31, 2014 (937 reads)

The U.S. dairy industry has told the Senate Finance Committee’s trade subcommittee that the 2010 U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement has further strengthened U.S. dairy exports to the Korean market, even though it is not yet fully implemented. 

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Davisco Employees To Stay On After Acquisition
Thursday, July 31, 2014 (1202 reads)

Staff members and executives of Davisco Foods International will keep their current positions after Agropur acquires the company in August. The Canadian dairy processor expects to integrate Davisco's three cheese processing factories slowly and does not plan to reduce the 900-member staff. 

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CWT Assists with 3.9 Million Pounds of Cheese and Whole Milk Powder Export Sales
Thursday, July 31, 2014 (914 reads)

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 8 requests for export assistance to sell 1.645 million pounds (746 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese, and 2.222 million pounds (1008 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in North Africa, Central and South America. 

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A2 Milk Gets Green Light for Infant Formula Exports
Thursday, July 31, 2014 (993 reads)

The a2 Milk Company Limited (a2MC) has announced that they have achieved approval from regulatory agencies in China to resume shipments of high quality a2® Platinum™ infant formula. “Registration will provide an important confidence boost for our distribution partner China State Farm and its sub distributors in our target markets in China," stated a2MC Managing Director Geoffrey Babidge.

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Leprino Foods Comprises One-Third of Colorado’s Dairy Industry
Thursday, July 31, 2014 (1173 reads)

Colorado's dairy industry would be one-third its current size without Leprino Foods Co., the world's largest mozzarella cheese producer, according to Western Dairy Association Chairman Rick Podtburg. Leprino Foods uses up to 70% of the milk produced by the state's 135,000 dairy cows and its plant in Greeley could be expanded to process 8 million pounds of milk daily, up from its current capacity of 4.8 million pounds, says Podtburg. 

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Keller and Heckman LLP Announces its 15th Annual Food Packaging Law Seminar
Thursday, July 31, 2014 (887 reads)

Global law firm Keller and Heckman will be hosting its 15th Annual Food Packaging Law Seminar on September 16-17, 2014 in Arlington, VA.  This is the industry conference on food packaging law regulations and is designed for regulatory, scientific and legal professionals to keep up-to-date on the latest food packaging law developments. 

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NP’s and NPE’s…Another Concern for the Industry?
Thursday, July 24, 2014 (2425 reads)

Nonylphenol and nonylphenol ethoxylates (often referred to as NP’s and NPE’s) have recently been brought to the attention of dairy industry manufacturers by members of the infant formula industry in Europe.  These compounds are common surfactants used for reducing the surface tension of water that allows for easier spreading, wetting, and mixing of liquids.  Heavy use in cleaning and sanitation chemicals in the food and textiles industries can result in these surfactants accumulating in ground water and watersheds.  NP’s and NPE’s are not directly a concern, however, they degrade into relatively toxic compounds in aquatic environments impacting fish and other wildlife.  One recent publication demonstrated NPE degradation products in human breast milk from women living near the coast of Italy where heavy consumption of fish and other seafood is common.

   NP and NPE use in Europe is highly restricted to minimize exposure to aquatic species and potential transfer to humans.  In 2003, the EU passed a directive that restricts the marketing of products that contain more than 0.1% NP or NPE.  In the U.S., the EPA has studied these compounds extensively and has published a recommendation to manufacturers for use of alternative chemical surfactants as part of the department’s “Design for the Environment” campaign.  No final ruling on NP and NPE used has been issued by EPA at this point in time, though.  
   Most chemical suppliers in the U.S. are sensitive to this issue and have opted for alternatives in their formulations.  With that said, even residual levels of these compounds in U.S. dairy products may create problems when selling into EU countries.  ADPI is monitoring the situation and will communicate any changes in NP and NPE use in U.S. facilities by EPA. 

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