Protected: 8TH IDF INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SHEEP, GOAT AND OTHER NON-COW MILK – DAY 2

  IDF is bringing together the global dairy community to focus on “Sheep, Goat and other non-Cow milk” in Brussels, Belgium, hosted online. Sheep, goats and other non-cow milk-producing animals are widely distributed throughout the world. They contribute to sustainable livelihoods through support of the economy, rural and peri-urban livelihoods, the empowerment of women, and food security.During the second day, we will discuss over the nutritional aspects of these types of milks, their strengthens and applications, as well as the latest...

Protected: 8TH IDF INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SHEEP, GOAT AND OTHER NON-COW MILK – DAY 1

  IDF is bringing together the global dairy community to focus on “Sheep, Goat and other non-Cow milk” in an online event hosted by the IDF Head Office. Sheep, goats, and other non-cow milk-producing animals are widely distributed throughout the world. They contribute to sustainable livelihoods through support of the economy, rural and peri-urban livelihoods, the empowerment of women, and food security. During the first day, we will discuss the role of these animals in sustainability, economic, social, environmental and the role of...

Protected: 8TH IDF INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SHEEP, GOAT AND OTHER NON-COW MILK – DAY 3

  IDF is bringing together the global dairy community to focus on “Sheep, Goat and other non-Cow milk” in Brussels, Belgium, hosted online.   Sheep, goats and other non-cow milk-producing animals are widely distributed throughout the world. They contribute to sustainable livelihoods through support of the economy, rural and peri-urban livelihoods, the empowerment of women, and food security. During the third day, we will focus on investigating the relationship between udder health and milk quality. Participants will get advice on an improved,...

Outcome of IDF/ISO analytical meetings

[caption id="attachment_15733" align="alignnone" width="450"] Steve Holroyd, Chair (NZ) Aurélie Dubois-Lozier, IDF Head Office and Marcel de Vreeze ISO/TC 34/SC 5[/caption] Meeting wrap-up - IDF/ISO virtual analytical meetings Due to the current pandemic of COVID-19, IDF and ISO have just wrapped up their first digital meetings. 13 calls were held with approximately 100 participants attending one or several of the meetings. All meetings were productive, and participants respected the virtual meeting rules. In terms of outcomes, several standards have been identified for revision, such...

School Milk Programmes – vital for good health and learning

            School milk programmes around the world contribute to good health and nutrition for children in schools. As part of our school milk series, Birgit Irgens, Concept Manager for the School Milk Programme in Norway at TINE, provides an overview of how school milk programmes are handled in Norway and the benefits they offer to both students and families. In Norway, it is a tradition to bring packed lunch from home, but it is frequently debated whether a free meal should be...

Dairy animals and their role in a sustainable food system

  Over the past few months, discussions on how to develop sustainable food systems have been in the spotlight, and was one of the key topics at the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi which I had the pleasure to attend. Nourishing (not only feeding with empty food) an increasing world population with an efficient use of the available resources is the challenge that we must address collectively. I am convinced, like many others, that the only way to meet that challenge and...

World Food Safety Day: Food Safety, everyone’s business

  IDF welcomes the first World Food Safety Day, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2018, which will be celebrated on 7 June 2019 under the theme "Food Safety, everyone’s business." It is indeed everyone’s business! Without food safety, there is no food security. In a world where the food supply chain has become more complex, any adverse food safety incident could have a catastrophic impact on public health, trade and the economy. From the farm to the table,...

IDF contributes its expertise on standards for methods of analysis for dairy products to Codex

    [caption id="attachment_14474" align="alignleft" width="500"] IDF delegation: Philippe Trossat (FR), Aurélie Dubois (IDF), Steve Holroyd (NZ) and Harrie van den Bijgaart (NL).[/caption] What is the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS)?  The CCMAS is one of the horizontal Codex Committees that addresses Methods of Analysis and Sampling across all food commodities. This Committee has for a main role to consider, amend, if necessary, and endorse, as appropriate, methods of analysis and sampling proposed by Codex (Commodity) Committees, to specify Reference Methods...

Celebrating the Dairy Matrix on World Health Day

On Sunday, the 7th of April, World Health Day was celebrated, a day which highlights the importance of global health and focuses on the ways in which we can improve it. The relationship between diet and nutrition and the substantial impact on health is well known and has again been highlighted in a recent study in the Lancet, which found that 11 million deaths around the world can be attributed to poor dietary habits. The study shows the need for a...

Codex Adopts Changes to Harmonise Standards for Ripened Cheeses, Removing International Trade Challenges

Last week, at its 51st session in Jinan China, the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) adopted the changes needed to harmonise provisions in the 13 Codex Standards for ripened cheeses (Cheddar, Danbo, Gouda, Havarti, Edam, Samso, Emmental, Tilsiter, Saint Paulin, Provolone, Camembert, Brie and Coulommiers), removing an international trade challenge for exports of ripened cheeses. This is an important decision that will have a positive impact on the dairy sector. One of the major challenges for manufacturers, importers and exporters...