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Relying on dairy in a world consumed by COVID-19

These are not normal times. The simple things we’ve been doing all our lives, we can’t do anymore. We can’t hug our friends, shake hands or enjoy each other’s company because of a silent enemy called COVID-19. This virus has changed how we live and think around the world. At times of crisis people turn to things they really need and rely on every day. The everyday essentials. As more and more people are spending time at home due to…

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The evolution of school milk in Chile

As we approach the release date of the new IDF bulletin on worldwide school milk programmes, Consuelo Fuentes, Ingeniero Agrónomo at Consorcio Lechero in Chile, gives an overview of the history of school milk in the country, its importance to child health and how state programmes have evolved over the years. Without a doubt, the consumption of dairy products is essential for the proper physical and intellectual development of children: scientific evidence proves it. But the habit that these children must acquire to consume…

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“It is vital we encourage the next generation of female scientists into the dairy sector”

11 February 2020 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. To mark this important event, we spoke to Prof. Sylvie Turgeon, Professor at STELA-INAF, Université Laval and co-chair of the IDF International Cheese Science and Technology Symposium Organizing Committee, to gain her perspective on the presence and influence of women in dairy science. How did your career in dairy science begin? I am a food science undergraduate, which then continued to post-graduate studies, including work on whey…

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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…

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Dairy – a more nutritious and sustainable choice for your cup

Today, there are innumerable food and beverage choices catering to every lifestyle — dairy, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan and more. While it’s great to have a range of choices to fit individual needs and wishes, not all options are nutritionally equal, nor do they have the same impact on our planet. Dairy’s true impact on climate change Contrary to what some believe, per unit the dairy sector has one of the smallest carbon footprints of all animal products in the…

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School Milk Programs fuel students, support healthy bodies and minds around the world

    Food insecurity exists in the United States, as well as in many developed and developing countries around the world. The National School Lunch Program operates in approximately 100,000 schools across the United States, serving roughly 30 million students each day; of those students, 74% receive lunch at no cost or at a reduced price because their household incomes are at or below 185% of the poverty level. Access to milk through school programs means that the nutritional and…

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Important outcomes from Codex meeting on nutrition and foods for special diets

On 24-29 November 2019, the 41st session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses was held in Dusseldorf, Germany. The meeting aimed to study specific nutritional problems and advise on general nutrition issues; to draft general provisions concerning the nutritional aspects of all foods; to develop standards and guidelines for foods for special dietary uses, and to debate provisions on nutritional aspects proposed for inclusion in Codex standards, guidelines and related texts. As in previous…

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Sharing knowledge in dairy welfare

Animal welfare is increasing in importance in agricultural systems in many countries around the world.  As the 13th edition of the IDF Animal Health Report is released, Louise Winblad of Växa Sverige reflects on why information on animal welfare should be communicated globally, and shares details on some of the case studies included in the latest issue. The latest edition of IDF’s Animal Health Report is dedicated to animal welfare, an important and complex topic where the level of acceptance…

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Dairy: nourishing a growing world population sustainably

  This year’s COP25, which launches in Madrid this week, will be the start of a crucial period for the environment. COP25 is the final COP before we enter the defining year of 2020, when many nations must submit new climate action plans. With climate change forecasts suggesting we must alter various aspects of modern life to minimise damage to the planet, discussions about diet, the foods we produce, and how we produce them to meet the needs of a…

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Major progress on food safety guidance achieved at Codex

  The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) was held 4-8 November 2019 in Cleveland (US). Two major pieces of work were completed during this session: The Proposed Draft Code of Practice on Food Allergen Management for Food Business Operators CCFH agreed to send it to the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) for adoption at step 8 (publication). Once the Codex Committee on Food Labelling completes its work on precautionary allergen labelling, CCFH will consider whether this document needs revision.  …

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