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Leaders Brief 17

Leaders Brief 17

Fact Sheet 20161122

A new potential regulation is being discussed in the Gulf region for storage of food products which would request ambient dairy type of products to be shipped into containers with a temperature controlled at 25°c. Local industry is taking action and IDF has been requested to support through a fact sheet.

 The factsheet has also been uploaded on the IDF website.

20141001 News Brief

Announcement that registration is now open for the 7th IDF International Symposium on Sheep, Goat and other non-Cow Milk! 

This 7th International Symposium aims at providing a renewed vision of knowledge on husbandry and milk production, technology, chemistry, physics, microbiology and nutrition. It will also highlight the significance of markets and appropriate policies as they have evolved since 2011. 

Info 20140311

The 7th IDF International Symposium on Sheep, Goat and other non-Cow Milk will take place in Limassol, Cyprus, on 23-25 March 2015 - Save the date!

The overall objective of the Symposium is to provide a renewed vision of knowledge on husbandry and milk production, technology, chemistry, physics, microbiology and nutrition and to highlight the significance of markets and appropriate policies as they have evolved since 2011.

The event is addressed to scientists and other professionals involved in the sheep, goat and other non-cow dairy sectors, including milk producers, dairy processing industry, trade associations, academia, research institutes and governments. The Symposium will be a platform for exchange of knowledge and information among international experts in the field.

INFO 20140327

Scientific Symposium - Saturday 17 May 2014  IDF/ISO Analytical Week, Berlin, Germany

After the last two symposia, dealing with Safeguarding Dairy Food Safety and the Role of Standardization including case studies of trade issues, this year's symposium is focused on the Contribution of Analytics to Safeguard our Dairy Cows' Health and Healthy Dairy Products.

The intention is that IDF/ISO Analytical Week together with ICAR Biennial Congress and INTERBULL are functioning as a melting pot in the background. These combined events attract specialists in the field of Analytics as well as experts in “digesting” and applying data to enhance information quality and information density for dairy herd managers in the frame of a health oriented DHI system, which should lead to fruitful interdisciplinary discussions – to the benefit of the dairy farmers.

What can Analytics Contribute to Healthy Cows and Healthy Dairy Products?

08:30 - 09:00 Welcome | Registration | Morning Tea or Coffee

09:00 - 11:00 Opening
Christian Baumgartner (ADR/DLQ) – Introduction to the Scientific Symposium
Jaap Evers (IDF) – The Role of Dairy Analytics Today – the IDF Perspective
Udo Folgart (VDM)– Healthy Cows for Healthy Milk (and Happy Consumers) – Guiding Principles of the German Dairy Sector
Folkert Onken (DLQ) – milchQplus – a National Program to Improve Udder Health Based on DHI Data
David Barbano (Cornell University) – Diving Deeper into Raw Milk Data – Advanced Use of FTIR-Spectra

11:00 - 11:30 Health Break

11:30 - 13:00 RefSysSCC – a Joint Project of IDF/ISO and ICAR to Build Up a Reference System for Somatic Cell Counting
Harrie van den Bijgaart (IDF/ISO/ICAR) – What is a Reference System and Why do We Need It?
Silvia Orlandini (IDF/ISO/ICAR) – Current Situation of the Joint RefSysSCC Project – Who? What? When?
Thomas Berger (IDF/ISO) and Werner Luginbühl (ChemStat) – The Implications of New Statistical Tools to Evaluate and Compare the Analytical Performance of Laboratories Summary and Adjourn

Information and registration are available at

NB 119

Newsbrief 119. In this issue you can read IDF participated on behalf of the dairy sector at the 39th session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses.We invite you to have a look at our flagship publication the World Dairy Situation Report 2017.Find more about the IDF/ISO Analytical Week, 23-27 April, Dublin, the 6th IDF Paratuberculosis Forum, 4 June in Rivera Maya, Mexico, and the IDF Symposium on Microstructure of Dairy Products, 3-6 June, in Montreal, Canada.Everything is ready for the 1st IDF Symposium The Role of Dairy in Sustainable Diets, 1-2 February 2018 in Seville, Spain. See more on our interesting programme and register today!

The two latest endorsements of the Dairy Declaration, by the Federación Panamericana de Lechería and by the IDF National Committee of Cyprus.

FS 001/2018

Heat Treatment - overview

FS 005/2017

 Phthalates in Dairy Equipment

FS 004/2017

 Executive Summary of IDF Country Reports - April 2017 (also published on the IDF website).

FS 003/2017

Guidance on antimicrobial resistance from the dairy sector

NB 115

In this issue you will find the outcome of the IDF/ISO Analytical Week 2017 as well as an update of the meetings of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock and of the World Assembly of OIE Delegates. IDF advanced its work on standards at 38th session of Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling, and published a guidance document on antimicrobial resistance from the dairy sector.

NB 114

This issue reports about IDF’s technical support at the meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Additives, as well as an update of the work of the Standing Committee on Environment and of the Standing Committee on Dairy Policies and Economics.