IDFA Applauds U.S. Government’s Renewed Call for Consultations with Canada on Dairy Tariff Rate Quotas, Urges USG to Remain Vigilant

The International Dairy Foods Association applauded the U.S. Government’s announcement that it would once again initiate consultations, the first step in a formal dispute settlement case, over Canada’s continued manipulation of dairy tariff rate quotas (TRQs) in violation of Canada’s commitments under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

A Tradition Returns to Capitol Hill: IDFA Announces 38th Annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party on June 22nd

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today announced the return of the annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party to the National Mall on June 22, 2022. The Ice Cream Party has been an essential summertime event for members of Congress, their families, Capitol Hill staff and many other special guests since it began in 1983. However, IDFA did not hold the event in 2020 or 2021 due to the pandemic.

IDFA Rejects Canadian Announcement of USMCA Tariff Rate Quota Compliance; Urges USTR to Act Swiftly

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), speaking on behalf of the full U.S. dairy supply chain, rejects the Government of Canada’s changes to how dairy tariff rate quotas (TRQs) are allocated under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In December 2021, a USMCA dispute panel found Canada to be non-compliant with their dairy TRQ commitments under USMCA.

U.S. and European Dairy Processors Agree to Maintain Open Communication Amid Global Food System Shocks

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has upended global food supply chains, raised prices for inputs, energy, and finished food products, and exacerbated nutrition insecurity in countries around the world. Following a meeting today in the Washington, D.C. offices of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), leaders of the European Dairy Association (EDA) and IDFA issued the following joint statement:

After IDFA Advocacy, NYC Mayor Adams Allows Flavored Milk in NYC Schools

 The InternationalDairy Foods Association (IDFA) celebrates the decision by New York City Mayor Eric Adams to allow New York City public schools to continue to serve nutritious, low-fat and fat-free flavored milk with school meals. TheNew York Post reported over the weekend that Mayor Adams is “backing off his proposed ban on chocolate milk” in New York City public school meals. Instead, the mayor’s administration is honoring a longstanding policy in New York City government that allows individual schools to determine the types of milk they will serve with meals as long as the milk options are consistent with standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).