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IDF publishes update on dairy terms guidance

The IDF’s update to its bulletin on the Codex General Standard for the Use of Dairy Terms, also known as the GSUDT, is now available, providing the reader with the latest information on the nature, content and possible implications of the GSUDT in the context of national, regional and international trade, including its status in relation to the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade. The update supports policymakers, food business operators and enforcement authorities in avoiding any erroneous use…

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Maintaining momentum on methods of analysis and sampling

The CODEX recommended methods of analysis play an important role in checking compliance with provisions in Codex standards. Foundation texts developed by the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS), such as General Standard on Methods of Analysis and Sampling, CX234, provide an essential reference for food business operators and analysts. From the 23 to 25 November 2020, a webinar was organised by the secretariat of Codex and of the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling. The…

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Recognition of ‘One Health’ is vital to ensure the healthy and sustainable future of our world

This week (18-24 November) is annual World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020, which aims to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policymakers to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections. One Health, the core of which is the recognition of the inherent interconnectedness of humans, animals, and their shared environment, is key to ensuring the healthy and sustainable future of the planet. Within IDF, we believe good…

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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...

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Dairy as part of the recipe to transition food systems and to achieve the SDG 2030 agenda

As we celebrate World Food Day on 16 October and commemorate at the same time the 75th Anniversary of the founding of FAO, IDF’s mission comes to mind: Nourishing the world with safe and sustainable dairy. Without safe, accessible, affordable, and nutritious food there is no food security and certainly no nutrition security. With 2 billion persons malnourished around the world, it is not only a question of producing the right quantity of food but more importantly quality food.  Nutrient-dense…

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How international superstars are inspiring younger generations to drink more milk

  BTS is a very successful Korean boy band, known for their hit singles in the popular genre of Korean pop (K-POP). The group are internationally known for their hit singles across the world with over 30 million followers on social media. They are also number 1 on iTunes in over 91 countries. Why am I reading about this in an IDF blog you may ask? For good reason: a specific tweet from their song and video Dynamite, recently went…

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The history of the break-time milk day in Switzerland

School milk programmes around the world contribute to good health and nutrition for children in schools. As part of our school milk series, Daniela Carrera, Team Manager for School Programmes in Switzerland at Swissmilk, provides an overview of how school milk programmes are handled in Switzerland and the benefits they offer to both students and teachers. To counteract this and raise awareness of the value of school milk, Swissmilk has undertaken a range of activities to ensure that the subject…

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Practical measures for sustainable dairy production

In a preview article from the upcoming IDF Dairy Sustainability Outlook edition 3, we look at a case study in Ireland to harness practical measures within dairy agroecosystems to address climate change and biodiversity. Ireland is one of the 197 countries that have signed up to the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the rise in global temperature this century to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The EU has set a target to reduce emissions in the non-ETS sector, as…

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