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As it should be.
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We're there. That's FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative.
There May Be More Milk in School Lunches
The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) applauded the introduction of a bipartisan bill to help reverse the decline of milk consumption in schools.
The School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017, introduced by Representatives G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT), would allow schools to offer low-fat and fat-free milk, including flavored milk with no more than 150 calories per 8-ounce serving, to participants in the federal school lunch and breakfast programs. The bill allows individual schools and school districts to determine which milkfat varieties to offer their students.
Misbranded Dairy Imitations Mislead Americans, Require Enforcement Action
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s recent comments about the need for strong federal oversight of food labels are exactly what is needed to address the misleading labeling and branding of imitation dairy products, the National Milk Producers Federation said on Oct. 26.
In a letter to FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, NMPF implored the agency to devote resources to prevent nutritionally inferior products from using the names of real dairy foods. The letter follows several recent public comments in which Gottlieb outlines the FDA’s interest in reviewing the information on food labels and their impact on public health.
NAFTA Dairy Issues Grow More Contentious
Dairy issues garnered attention and contentiousness during the latest round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation talks. The U.S.-hosted round four of the talks wrapped up last week, with the next round set for Nov. 17-21 in Mexico City, Mexico. Further rounds are now being scheduled into the first quarter of 2018.
Summarizing the latest round of talks related to dairy, one leading dairy economist sees the potential termination of NAFTA.
“Dairy trade groups in the U.S., such as the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), have recently upped the ante and taken a very hard line against not only the new pricing class that effectively neutered the ability of U.S. plants to sell milk proteins in Canada but against the supply management system that undergirds the Canadian pricing system,” said Andrew Novakovic, Cornell University dairy economist.