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NMPF Thanks USDA for Coronavirus Response, Outlines Dairy Needs as Losses May Exceed $2.85 Billion

The National Milk Producers Federation, the largest organization of U.S. dairy farmers, commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its timely responses to the coronavirus crisis while outlining what agency actions could best aid dairy farmers as they brace for further public-health and market impacts of coronavirus.  “Over the last five weeks, the [USDA’s] estimate of 2020 milk prices reflect …

Shelter in Place Conditions Harm Dairy Market: Milk Crisis Plan Submitted to USDA

For the past six weeks, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has worked day and night to ensure the federal government hears and understands the unique challenges facing our dairy industry because of COVID-19. As the impact deepens across our economy, it has become clear that the federal government must go above and beyond traditional programs and solutions to bring …

Lucrative Market of Ox Gallstones for Chinese Herbal Medicine

Gallstones harvested from cattle are a precious Chinese herbal medicine. They can be found in gallbladders after the bile is filtered without special processing. The gallstones are then ready for sale to buyers simply after being dried to remove all moisture. Gallstones are sold at the retail level either in their natural form without being processed, or as a propriety …

PMS Symptoms Improve with Daily Recommended Dairy Intake

Dairy foods are probably best known for their beneficial effects on bone health. But the same vitamins and minerals from dairy that help to build and maintain strong bones—calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and riboflavin—may also have a positive influence on the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). Expanding on previous research that found as association between increased calcium intake and decreased …

Japan’s Dairy Certificate Updated to Satisfy New Food Safety Law

Beginning March 1, 2020, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will endorse a new version of the “Veterinary Certificate for raw milk and milk products from cloven-hoofed animals to be exported to Japan from the United States for human consumption”. The certificate has been updated to satisfy a new requirement under Japan’s Food Sanitation Law that all imported …

Lactose-Free Milk is Growing Faster Than Plant-Based. You Didn’t Know That?

This might be tough to digest if you’re a plant-based fundamentalist, but the numbers don’t lie: In 2019, lactose-free milk sales grew twice as fast as plant-based beverages, with lactose-free poised to surpass almond-beverage sales this year. How could this be, given the hyperbole about dairy’s decline and the rise of plant-based beverages? Well…   Contrary to some portrayals, the …

Clover Sonoma Advances Social and Environmental Impact with New Fully Renewable Milk Carton

Clover Sonoma, a third-generation family-owned and operated dairy, today announced its B Corporation recertification and the first fully renewable plant-based milk carton in the United States as part of its continued focus on sustainability. As a result of better employee and community engagement, environmental standards, and corporate governance, the company received an improved score of 100.5 during its B Corporation …

USDA Announces Feeding Program Partnership in Response to COVID-19

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a collaboration with the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, McLane Global, PepsiCo, and others to deliver nearly 1,000,000 meals to students in a limited number of rural schools closed due to COVID-19:  “Feeding children who are affected by school closures is a top priority for President Trump and this Administration. USDA is …

International Dairy Foods Update on Corona Virus

On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a global health emergency. On March 11, WHO declared the virus a global pandemic.The virus, now known as COVID-19, was first identified in January in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Confirmed cases are concentrated in China but have spread throughout Asia and more recently into Europe and other regions, …

IDFA Statement on Leading Scientists’ Consensus Statement on Saturated Fats

A group of established U.S. and international nutrition scientists, including three former members of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, have requested the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services give serious and immediate consideration to lifting the limits placed on saturated fat intake for the upcoming 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). Cary Frye, senior vice president of …

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