IDF Dairy Leaders Panel 2021: “We must create the future of dairy now”

“We must reduce the dairy productions climate impact. At the same time, dairy farms must improve their storytelling abilities when it comes to communicating the milk’s good qualifications and all the initiatives that are taken to make the sector sustainable” Peder Tuborgh, CEO, Arla Jørgen Hald, CEO of, Danish Dairy Board, and Steen Nørgaard Madsen, Chair […]

IDF releases bulletin on methods for determination of somatic cell count

In the dairy sector throughout the world, there is a desire to optimize udder health. Good udder health leads to improved animal welfare, improved production efficiency, stronger animal health, and reduction of the use of antimicrobials. Usually, when an infection occurs, milk somatic cell counts (SCC) in the udder increases. Therefore, milk SCC is used […]

IDF Cheese Symposium goes virtual for the first time ever!

Every 4 years, The IDF Cheese Science and Technology Symposium is held and co-organised by FIL-IDF Canada and the Quebec STELA Dairy Research Centre of Université Laval. The 2021 completely virtual edition gathered international scientific experts to share the latest research findings and technology innovations. Throughout the week, the virtual formula offered an enhanced conference […]

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 […]

Outcome of IDF/ISO analytical meetings

Meeting wrap-up – IDF/ISO virtual analytical meetings Due to the current pandemic of COVID-19, IDF and ISO have just wrapped up their first digital meetings. 13 calls were held with approximately 100 participants attending one or several of the meetings. All meetings were productive, and participants respected the virtual meeting rules. In terms of outcomes, […]

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 […]