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About the IDF
IDF is the leading source of scientific and technical expertise for all stakeholders of the dairy chain. Since 1903, IDF has provided a mechanism for the dairy sector to reach global consensus on how to help feed the world with safe and sustainable dairy products.
A recognised international authority in the development of science-based standards for the dairy sector, IDF has an important role to play in ensuring the right policies, standards, practices and regulations are in place to ensure the world’s dairy products are safe and sustainable.
With over 1,200 highly qualified dairy experts in 43 member countries around the world, IDF represents 75% of global milk production and provides a permanent source of authoritative scientific and technical information relevant to the dairy sector.
To nourish the world with safe and sustainable dairy.
IDF is the only organization representing the entire dairy value chain at a global level. Our overall mission is to:
Provide science-based evidence and advice for standard and regulation setting.
Serve as the global voice of dairy to intergovernmental organisations.
Provide a form for the global dairy sector to reach consensus on key dairy issues.
Helping to nourish the world with safe and sustainable dairy
The growing world population needs nutritional security, and we must provide this both safely and sustainably. For over 100 years, IDF has been a recognized international authority which contributes actively to the development of science-based standards for the dairy sector.
IDF provides a mechanism for the dairy sector to reach global consensus on how to help feed the world with safe and sustainable dairy products.
As the leading body for the global dairy sector, IDF has an important role to play in ensuring the right policies, standards, practices and regulations are in place to achieve this goal.
IDF contributes to the development of science based globally harmonized standards, guidelines, codes of practice and related methodologies across all working areas, to continually improve regulatory environments for the dairy sector
Nutrition & Health
IDF pro-actively supports science-based nutrition policies to ensure that dairy is an integral part of the diet for all age groups and contributes to closing the nutritional gap.
IDF pro-actively supports a vibrant dairy sector committed to continuously improve its ability to provide safe and nutritious milk and dairy products from healthy animals to close the nutritional gap whilst preserving natural resources and ensuring decent livelihoods across the whole dairy value chain.
Safety & Quality
IDF engages in safeguarding the integrity and transparency of the dairy supply chain to ensure the safety and quality of milk and dairy products
IDF’s membership is made up of National Committees, constituted by dairy organizations in each country.
Access to an unrivalled source of scientific and technical knowledge
Comprehensive coverage and understanding of all dairy-related issues
Participation in world class working groups
Related reports & publications
IDF provides a permanent source of authoritative scientific and other information on a whole range of topics relevant to the dairy sector.
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