Codex Committee on Food Hygiene completes its 52nd session

On 9 March 2022, the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene completed its 52nd session, the first in a virtual mode. The Committee finalized the tools to Determine the Critical Control Points that will be included as an annex to the General Principles of Food Hygiene to give additional guidance to Food Business Operators. It was […]

COVID-19: Resources for the dairy sector

The global dairy sector is taking the impact of COVID-19 extremely seriously. Please find on this page a summary of global dairy sector responses to COVID-19 and practical support. If you have any examples you would like to contribute, please contact us Dairy sector responses to the COVID-19 crisis FAO publication, “Exposure of humans or […]

Improving consistency in milk somatic cell counting – Guidance on application of EC JRC Certified Reference Material released

Joint guidance prepared by IDF and ICAR represents a further step towards better equivalence in somatic cell counting worldwide. Milk somatic cell count (SCC) is a widely used indicator for monitoring the udder health of several mammalian species and is relevant in food hygiene regulations, milk payment testing, farm management and breeding programmes. In February […]


Prudent and responsible use of antimicrobial agents within the global livestock sector is essential to ensure their continued efficacy in curing animal diseases while minimising the risk of developing AMR.  

COVID-19: Safety and hygiene of dairy products and personnel

While the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts everyone’s daily lives, the dairy supply chain is also affected. The dairy sector has been recognized around the world as an essential activity. Dairy farmers and processors are working tirelessly to deliver nutritious food on our tables. The International Dairy Federation (IDF) wishes to support its members and the dairy […]