Update from the IDF DG

The Positive Contribution of Dairy
By Caroline Emond, IDF Director General
Caroline EmondThe International Dairy Federation, the leader in global dairy expertise, is pleased to present this issue of IDF World, which provides updates on relevant issues in the global dairy sector.

This year, more than ever, we can see the importance of continuously promoting the positive contribution of dairy to nutrition, health and sustainable diets. Nourishing an increasing world population is a challenge we all must address collectively. I am convinced, like many others, that the only way to meet this challenge and fulfil the UN Sustainable Development Goals is to focus on nourishing people with nutrient-dense foods, rather than just providing more calories. Dairy plays an important role in this effort as it significantly contributes to the SDGs such as zero hunger, health and well-being, providing livelihoods and helping to lift people out of poverty.

This issue of IDF World provides an update on dairy’s role in sustainable food systems, plus the exciting sustainability initiatives taking place within the FAO Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) partnership, IDF’s progress on international standard setting priorities, and much more. Of course, all these important issues will be addressed at the IDF World Dairy Summit 2019 this September in Istanbul – you can register today at https://www.idfwds2019.com/.

2019 brings major challenges and a lot of promise as dairy continues to be an essential, thriving sector with a compelling story to tell about its positive contribution to the world.

Dairy’s Role in Sustainable Diets

In January, the EAT-Lancet Commission released a report, which seeks to establish guidelines on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. The dairy sector welcomes any contribution to the debate and has long recognised that sustainability encompasses various elements, including the environment, socio-economic aspects and nutrition. Feeding the world with healthy and sustainable food is a goal that we all share, and we must ensure that people have access to nutrient rich sources to be healthy – that’s where dairy plays an important role. You can read more about this in a recent blog by IDF President Dr. Judith Bryans “Three Reasons Dairy is an Essential Part of a Sustainable Diet."

Celebrating The Dairy Matrix On World Health Day

The importance of dairy for nourishing the world was also highlighted in a recent IDF blog post on the Dairy Matrix, which shows how the unique combination of dairy’s nutrients and bioactive factors combine to produce the amazing health benefits of milk. You can read the post here: “Celebrating the Dairy Matrix on World Health Day”.

How The Dairy Sector Is Tackling Food Waste

How to build sustainable food systems was also at the centre of the 4th UN Environment Assembly discussions in March in Nairobi, which IDF had the pleasure to attend. Within these conversations, reducing food waste was a major priority, and Pierre Barrucand, Chair of IDF’s Standing Committee on Environment, was delighted to speak at a side event about the dairy sector’s efforts in that space. You can read more in his blog: “How the Dairy Sector is Tackling Food Waste."

Climate change and the global dairy cattle sector

The dairy sector has made great strides in reducing emissions per kg of milk – what’s called greenhouse gas emissions intensity. According to a recent Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Global Dairy Platform report, between 2005 and 2015, emissions intensity from the dairy sector declined by almost 11 percent. Over that same period, dairy production increased by 30 percent. You can also read the factsheet on the report, which is available in English and in Spanish.

IDF Norway Signs the Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam

In February, IDF Norway, the Norwegian Dairy Council and TINE SA signed the Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam, a commitment from the dairy sector to sustainable development to generate widespread benefits for people and the planet. IDF President Dr. Judith Bryans was delighted to attend the signing ceremony. With Norway’s signature, the Declaration has now been signed by 25 countries and two regional associations... Read more

Progress on International Standard Setting Priorities

One of IDF’s priorities is working with Codex on nutrition standard setting to ensure that the dairy sector’s voice is heard. The Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) is one of the tools identified to implement the policy recommendations from the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) Rome declaration to tackle all forms of malnutrition. At the latest CCNFSDU meeting, using the best available science, IDF substantiated its position on topics ranging from setting policies to reduce intake from trans fatty acids (TFA), to setting the nitrogen conversion factor (NCF) for protein sources, to establishing guidelines for ready-to-use therapeutic foods. Further information on IDF’s strong advocacy on the importance of differentiating between ruminant TFA and industrial TFA (which are a public health risk) can be found on IDF’s fact sheet. IDF has also drafted a comprehensive Bulletin that showcases the scientific evidence for an NCF of 6.38 for dairy.

Codex Adopts Changes To Harmonise Standards For Ripened Cheeses, Removing International Trade Challenges

Another IDF priority is the alignment of the food additives provisions between two recognized Codex references on food additives, one in the General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA) and the other in the various Codex commodity standards. The goal is to harmonise standards to eliminate the confusion and trade disruptions created by the diverging provisions. IDF has long identified those issues, and thanks to its advanced work, the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) agreed to consider the 13 Codex Ripened Cheeses standards in 2017. After acknowledging IDF for providing expertise and resources to assist, the 51st session of CCFA recently adopted the changes needed to harmonize provisions in the 13 Codex Standards for ripened cheeses (Cheddar, Edam or Brie, etc), removing this international trade challenge for exports of ripened cheeses. Read more about this in IDF’s blog “Codex Adopts Changes To Harmonise Standards For Ripened Cheeses, Removing International Trade Challenges.”

LEAP Sustainability Initiatives Forging Ahead

IDF has happily taken up the chairmanship role in the FAO Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) partnership, an initiative focused on improving sustainability within the livestock sector. LEAP is a multi-stakeholder initiative made up of Governments, NGOs and members of the private sector. It develops comprehensive guidance and methodology for monitoring the environmental performance of livestock supply chains.

The work plan for 2019 is to develop a comprehensive package to road-test existing LEAP sustainability guidelines by all the livestock sectors. The objectives are to test whether the guidelines are easily applicable in all situations and address inconsistencies or issues that hinder the use of different LEAP guidelines at the same time. This information will help define data requirements, as well as tools required for the assessment of the environmental performance. LEAP aims to build awareness and enhance the use of these guidelines through adoption.... Read more
Latest trends

Dairy UK Revives Successful Ad Campaign

Dairy UK and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) launched the second year of their spoof governmental department campaign, The Department of Dairy Related Scrumptious Affairs, advertising through public service-style billboards and, for the first time, at cinemas. Speaking to Farmers Weekly, Dairy UK and AHDB confirmed the campaign was renewed off the back of positive first year results, which indicated that 8% of the target audience were less likely to reduce dairy consumption and 11% were less likely to replace with dairy alternatives. Expect to see more clever billboards across London like the below:

Dairy UK Revives Successful Ad Campaign

IDF Mastitis Conference 2019, 14-17 May, Copenhagen

Dairy UK Revives Successful Ad Campaign
The next IDF Mastitis Conference will take place from 14 to 16 May 2019 in Copenhagen. Topics include robotic milking, milking management, diagnostics, udder hygiene, mastitis management, antimicrobial usage, milk quality, the dry period, microbiota and molecular epidemiology and small ruminants. Be sure to check out student or one day attendance rates! ... Register here

Symposium: The Role of Ruminants in Sustainable Diets, 21 June, Brussels

Dairy UK Revives Successful Ad Campaign
On June 21st, the Belgian Association of Meat Science and Technology (BAMST) and IDF will bring together various experts to discuss “The role of ruminants in sustainable diets” in Brussels. High-level international speakers will report on the latest science to correctly assess the nutritional and environmental implications of meat and milk production, including prof. Frank Mitloehner (UC Davis, USA), prof. Andrew Mente (PHRI, Canada), dr. Michelle Cain (University of Oxford, UK), Andrea Bertaglio (Carni Sostenibili, Italy), dr. Nico Peiren, dr. Judith Bryans (IDF), and others. This event will attract an international audience both from the dairy sector or from other organizations based in Brussels... Read more

IDF/ISO Analytical Week 2019, 21-25 June, Prague

The Czech Moravian Breeders´ Corporation will host the IDF/ISO Analytical Week 2019 between 21 and 25 June 2019. This week is the occasion for dairy scientists and professionals in the field of methods of analysis to meet and exchange on latest technical and technological findings, and to contribute to the progress of the IDF programme of work, and publications of IDF/ISO international standards. The IDF/ISO Analytical Week will also be held in conjunction with the ICAR Conference between 17 and 21 June 2019. The ICAR conference will hold several sessions relevant to milk recordings of interest to dairy experts. Both overlapping events offer a great possibility for fruitful exchange and stimulating discussions.... Read more

IDF World Dairy Summit 2019, 23-26 September, Istanbul

Dairy UK Revives Successful Ad Campaign
Turkey will host the next IDF World Dairy Summit 2019 in Istanbul from 23-26 September with the theme “Milk for Life.” As one of the largest dairy events of the year, the summit is expected to draw around 2,000 delegates worldwide from across the entire dairy chain... Register here

IDF Dairy Sustainability Outlook N°1

The annual IDF Dairy Sustainability Outlook provides examples of important sustainable development initiatives taking place across the global dairy sector. The outlook is a worldwide journey through the field of sustainability and provides an opportunity to share ongoing projects and up-to-date research. Stay tuned for the next issue, which will appear later this year... Read more

Bulletin of the IDF N° 495/ 2018: Inventory of microbial food cultures with safety demonstration in fermented food products

IDF recently published an updated inventory of microbial food cultures (MFC), which scientific studies demonstrate are safe for use in fermented foods. The inventory now identifies and catalogues 321 food cultures, 226 bacteria and 95 fungi that are found in the dairy sector as well as many other food products... Read more

Bulletin of the IDF N° 496/ 2019: The technology of pasteurisation and its effect on the microbiological and nutritional aspects of milk

IDF’s new Bulletin provides an overview of some key technological, microbiological and nutritional aspects of milk pasteurisation and reaffirms that the process does not significantly impact the nutritional properties of milk. From an evaluation of the best available science, it concludes that drinking pasteurised milk is still the best way to obtain milk’s many health benefits... Read more
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