2014

25
November
2014

Dairy UK Gives Evidence to Efra Select Committee Inquiry

The Government has a key role to play in helping the dairy industry meet the formidable challenges it is facing, Dairy UK told MPs today.

Appearing before the Efra Select Committee, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said:

“The UK dairy industry is going through extremely challenging times. These difficulties are likely to continue in the coming months and market conditions will get tougher before they get better.

“These conditions are affecting farmers and processors alike and there is no element of the dairy supply chain that is insulated. Price volatility is the result of an oversupplied global dairy market and poses a severe challenge with tight margins and reduced profits.”

In its evidence to the committee, Dairy UK said that long-term prospects for the industry remain positive and there are steps that can be taken to help in the short and medium term.

Intervention at EU level may be necessary in 2015. Other long term-measures that the Government can help with include minimizing the burden of regulation e.g. sympathetic planning laws; competitive energy costs; supporting the promotion of dairy products; and supporting the actions of the industry with regard to exports.

Dr Bryans added: “The dairy industry needs all the support it can get from the Government to protect existing export markets and develop new ones. We would welcome measures aiming at easing the burden of red tape around exports, such as creating a one-stop shop for export health certification.”
 

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24
November
2014

Significant Environmental Strides for the UK Dairy Industry

New research shows that the UK Dairy industry has made significant environmental strides over the last six years.

Preliminary results from the 2014 Dairy UK Environmental Benchmarking Report shows that dairy processors have achieved an 8% increase in energy efficiency since 2008, meaning they are on track to meet the Climate Change Agreements and Dairy Roadmap 2020 targets of 13.6% and 15% respectively.

The report also details the significant progress made in waste management. Processors attained a 74% reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill per tonne of milk input and demonstrated an impressive 176% increase in the amount of waste recycled or recovered per tonne of milk input.

This report demonstrates that the industry is committed to environmental improvements and charts progress towards Dairy Roadmap targets. The preliminary results cover a five-year period from 2008 to 2013 and show outstanding progress in a short period of time.

Joanna Stewart, Environmental Manager of Dairy UK, said: “The report sends a very positive message and reiterates the UK dairy industry’s commitment to tackling the environmental challenges of food production.

“The tool is a valuable resource for processors to track their performance and identify areas for improvement. These results show that the UK dairy processing sector is on track to meet its Dairy Roadmap targets and processors will continue to make every effort to reach the next step.”

The main findings of the 2014 benchmarking report are:

  • An 8% increase in energy efficiency
  • A 10.5% decrease in water use per tonne milk input
  • A 6% decrease in effluent* loads per tonne milk input
  • A 15% decrease in COD**(Chemical Oxygen Demand) loads per tonne milk input
  • A 74% decrease in waste to landfill per tonne milk input
  • A 176% increase in waste recycled/recovered per tonne milk input

*discharge of liquid waste from processing site
**the pollution levels in effluent
 

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18
November
2014

Draft National Johne’s Management Programme for Dairy Cattle Launched in Worcester

The Action Group on Johne’s launched today a draft National Johne’s Management Programme at a conference hosted by Dairy UK and DairyCo.
 
The objective of the plan is to manage and then reduce the incidence of Johne’s disease in dairy cattle and engage dairy farmers in Great Britain in credible and robust Johne’s management activities.
 
Commenting on the draft plan, Lyndon Edwards, Chair of the Action Group on Johne’s, said:
 
“International experience demonstrates that control and the reduction of Johne’s in dairy cattle is feasible and can be delivered cost effectively. The UK needs to ensure that its performance in tackling the disease is comparable to its main international competitors.
 
“We have a responsibility as an industry to identify and use every tool available to reduce Johne’s in dairy cattle. We must focus on educating farmers, vets and farm advisors on the risks linked to the disease and develop a coherent and structured way to deal with it.
 
“We can make a real difference in tackling the disease. If we want a sustainable future for our industry we need to get a grip on Johne’s. A joint approach throughout the dairy industry is the right way to go and I’m confident that the National Johne’s Management Plan will deliver robust results and help us achieve a significant reduction of the disease.”
 
Delegates at the ‘Johne’s – Taking the Next Steps’ conference in Worcester also heard from several experts on topics including the Irish Johne’s control programme, surveillance and testing, available science on MAP and key control strategies. A key presentation also focused on the need for state-of-the-art biosecurity measures to prevent herd contamination.
 
The draft Management plan is now open for consultation until 18th January with the objective of launching the plan from April next year.
 
The draft plan is available for download on the Action Group on Johne's website

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11
November
2014

Major Gains Can Be Made on Johne's Disease, Conference Will Be Told

Substantial gains in tackling Johne’s disease are within reach, according to dairy industry experts.

A major industry conference on Johne’s disease, hosted by Dairy UK and DairyCo is  being held on November 18th.

Speaking in advance of the conference on the 18th November, Lyndon Edwards, chairman of Johne’s Action Group said: ‘Tackling Johne’s disease is practical and deliverable. It’s not about just testing, it’s about putting in place the right management procedures suitable for your farm. With the right understanding and commitment the gains can be surprisingly quick and substantial.

“But what Johne’s shares with all major endemic infectious diseases is the need for improved biosecurity. This means that, in parallel with industry efforts to tackle TB and BVD, now is the right time to ramp up activity on Johne’s. Certainly there’d be little point in tackling other infectious diseases whilst neglecting Johne’s.

“Key to efforts for all disease control is education and understanding. That’s what the conference will help towards. We will also use it as a platform to announce a consultation on how we can put in place a more structured framework to help move the industry forwards.

“If we want a sustainable future for our industry we need to get a grip on Johne’s. There’s never a right time to start, but leaving it to tomorrow is definitely the wrong time, so I’m enthusiastic about accelerating industry efforts to tackle Johne’s, and I hope the rest of the industry wants to join us on that journey.”

To register for the conference, contact Peter Dawson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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17
October
2014

Anti-Dairy 'Experts' Failing Increasingly to Stick to the Facts

Efforts to undermine the nutritional benefits of dairy products are becoming increasingly based on ill-informed opinion which betrays a lack of scientific knowledge and understanding, The Dairy Council said today.

In recent months there have been a number of media articles and appearances by people making unfounded and inaccurate nutritional and health statements about dairy.

The latest example was published on the Daily Express website today, headlined “Is milk giving you cancer? Seven reasons to ditch dairy”.

Dr Anne Mullen, Director of Nutrition at the Dairy Council, said: “Sadly, we are seeing an increase of articles and pronouncements by so-called experts who, it is quite clear, are failing increasingly to stick to the facts about dairy.

“The dairy industry is regulated very strictly in what it can claim in terms of the health benefits of dairy. But it is not in the interests of consumers and good food safety practice for people to undermine the nutritional qualities of dairy with impunity and with scant regard to scientific evidence. It is irresponsible.”

The Dairy Council today published a response to the Express article correcting the following points.

  • Bovine Growth Hormone is not injected into cows in the UK and in the EU – this is a complete falsehood and shows a serious breach in understanding of food production and food content.
  • Studies have shown no association between milk and cheese intake and breast cancer risk, milk and dairy may be protective against breast cancer and that milk and dairy consumption have no effect on breast cancer survival. Prudently, the World Cancer Research Fund says that evidence of any connection is limited.
  • The theory that milk and dairy ‘acidify’ the body, or the ‘acid-ash hypothesis’ is scientifically defunct. Milk and dairy foods do not cause acidity in the body.
  • There is a profound misrepresentation of the degree of lactose intolerance in our population (about 5% of adults are affected) in this article, again betraying a lack of understanding of nutritional science. In people with lactose intolerance, research shows that 12g lactose (200g yogurt, 250mls milk) can be consumed per day without any effects.
  • Milk and dairy foods are not fattening unless, like other energy-providing foods, they are consumed in excess in an unbalanced diet. Health weight loss and weight control are achieved through eating a balanced diet that meets nutrient requirements and physical activity. There is little mystery to weight gain and weight loss. However, some studies have shown that including dairy foods in an energy-restricted diet may enhance weight loss.
  • There is no evidence presented in the article to support the assertion that milk is associated with acne. It certainly is imprudent to state that giving up dairy and milk is ‘the best thing you can do for your skin’ as milk and dairy products contain an array of nutrients such as riboflavin and calcium that are important for health.
  • Milk and dairy contribute 25% total energy, 34% of protein, 34% fat, 61% calcium, 64% iodine, 55% riboflavin and 63% vitamin B12, for example, to the diets of 1.5 to 3 year olds in the UK, as well as 36% calcium, 33% iodine, 28% riboflavin and 33% vitamin B12 to adults aged 19 to 64. It is reckless to fob off foods that provide so much to the nutritional health of the nation as ‘a bit weird’.

The practice of dietetics and nutrition in the UK is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council and the Association for Nutrition, respectively.  The Dairy Council is staffed by registered dieticians and nutritionists and our remit is to provide evidence-based science on dairy and health. It is important that the public is given accurate scientific and nutritional information.

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09
October
2014

Johne’s Disease: Taking the Next Steps

Dairy UK and DairyCo are holding a major industry conference on Johne’s disease on 18th November at the Sixways Stadium in Worcester. 

The conference will bring delegates up to speed on global developments, give momentum to tackling the disease and set out the proposed framework for future industry action to control the disease. 

Lyndon Edwards, Chairman of the Action Group on Johne’s said: “Johne’s disease is a major challenge to the sustainability of the UK dairy industry, but cost effective control strategies are available. What we want to do now is ramp up industry efforts to tackle the disease.

“The conference will provide a platform for the launch of a National Johne’s Control Programme. It will be a voluntary programme based on engagement and collaboration within the dairy industry supply chain. I would urge all parties interested in tackling the disease to attend”.

The conference is overseen by the Action Group on Johne’s, which is the industry committee, supported by Dairy UK, which takes the lead on pushing forward Johne’s control in the UK. The Group consists of organisations from the dairy industry supply chain that are committed to tackling Johne’s disease. The conference will follow on from successful events held in 2009 and 2012.

International speakers at the conference include Michael Collins, University of Wisconsin, who will talk on the science and global perspectives on control strategies and Sam Strain, Programme Manager for Animal Health and Welfare Northern Ireland, on the Irish control programme;

To register, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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12
September
2014

New Nutrition & Sustainability Conference in October

Don't forget to register for the Dairy UK - The Dairy Council - DairyCo nutrition and sustainability conference!

 

 

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10
September
2014

New Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group Launched in Westminster

Members from both Houses of Parliament and across the political spectrum have formed a new Dairy All Party Parliamentary Group.

The group will focus on supporting the development of a sustainable and profitable dairy supply chain and will debate key issues for the industry.

Under the chairmanship of food and farming champion Neil Parish MP, the group will undertake a comprehensive work programme including an inquiry in November this year into the 'sustainable competitiveness of the industry in the UK'.

The group will also visit a dairy farm and processing plant in December where it will be briefed on the industry's 'Farm to Fork' approach and be given a demonstration of latest dairy technology and developments on animal health and welfare.

The group held its first meeting at the House of Commons today and outlined its work programme. Dairy UK and The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers will provide the secretariat for the group which has attracted parliamentarians from across the UK.

Neil Parish MP for Tiverton and Honiton said: "The dairy sector is a great British industry which employs several thousands of people and produces a tremendous array of nutritious food. It is right that this contribution to the nation's health and economy is recognised by parliament and that all political parties are fully up to speed with developments within the dairy industry. We have an extensive programme of work and I am delighted that so many parliamentarians have embraced the establishment of this group so enthusiastically."

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "The establishment of an APPG on dairy is a step change in the recognition of the importance of the industry and the wide range of safe, wholesome and nutritious foods it produces. We want to improve the understanding of the issues and challenges dairy encounters through active engagement and unprecedented dialogue between members of the APPG, the dairy industry and independent contributors. This will be in the interest of industry as it continues to serve the needs of consumers across the UK."

Nick Everington, Chief Executive of RABDF, said: “RABDF is very supportive of the Dairy APPG. It will provide the industry with direct access to MPs interested in the dairy sector to discuss immediate issues, as well as those for the long term benefit of British dairy producers. We are delighted to be working with Dairy UK as a joined up supply chain. The future has to be farmers working closely with processors in order ensure they match their requirements.”

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05
September
2014

Setting the Record Straight on A2 Milk

Dairy UK and The Dairy Council expressed serious concerns this week when the Daily Express and the Independent reported on a recent study focusing on the alleged benefits of A2 milk over conventional milk. 
Among other confusing statements, the Daily Express’ article entitled “The Milk That Won’t Churn Your Stomach” misrepresented two major issues, namely the protein composition of regular milk and the main outcome of the research paper. 
In a letter to the editors of the newspapers, Dairy UK and The Dairy Council pointed out that most milk consumed in Europe contains a mixture of both A1 and A2 beta-casein proteins. However, the study carried out by a team of researchers at an Australian University used milk that contained exclusively A1 or A2 with a concentration of A1 significantly higher than that found in regular British milk. This meant that the A1 product analysed in the study was not representative of drinking milk available in the UK and that findings based on this analysis would not be relevant for British consumers. 
The study also underlined a difference in ratings of stool consistency between the A1 and A2 groups. However, both groups remained between 3 and 4 on the Bristol Stool Scale – a scale going from 1 to 7 with ratings between 3 and 4 being perfectly normal. Although the difference between both groups may have been significant from a statistical point view, it bore no clinical relevance, a fact blatantly overlooked by both articles. Similarly, this research study showed no significant difference in stool frequency, bloating, abdominal pain and gut inflammation between the A1 and A2 groups. 
On Wednesday, one of the authors took part in a radio show in Northern Ireland to discuss the findings of the study. Dairy UK and The Dairy Council were concerned to hear the author promote A2 with a number of erroneous statements suggesting that all milk on sale in the UK not branded as A2 was purely A1. In addition, she went on to engage in speculation over hypothetical links between ‘dairy intolerance’ in adults and in babies and the alleged benefits of A2 milk. 
Unfortunately, the author also failed to correct the journalist who referred to ‘dairy intolerance’ and ‘milk intolerance’ several times. With many misconceptions around dairy nutrition and lactose intolerance often being presented as facts by consumer press and television, it is disheartening to see experts pass on an opportunity to address these misconceptions. A transcript of the interview with a rebuttal of the arguments will be available from Dairy UK in the coming days.
The dairy industry is fully committed to educating consumers, health professionals, parliamentarians and the media on the nutritional benefits of milk and dairy and makes every effort to dispel common myths about dairy. At a time when the sector is working hard to highlight how dairy makes a difference to public health, it is regrettable that confusion has been added to the public debate and it is important to remind consumers that milk is a nutritious product. 

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04
September
2014

Dairy Industry Welcomes Elliott Review's Final Report

Commenting on the Elliott Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks published today, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, welcomed the report and said:

“Dairy UK welcomes Professor Elliott’s recommendations and strongly supports measures to prevent fraud in the food industry. The dairy industry is committed to maintaining consumer confidence in wholesome and safe dairy products. Thanks to a short supply chain and exemplary traceability, the dairy industry is proud to be among the safest food sectors and strives to guarantee the highest standards of food safety and hygiene.

“Therefore, as a precautionary measure, Dairy UK has been working on a series of measures and schemes that meet and exceed the expectations outlined in Professors Elliott’s recommendations. In addition to a Risk Register of potential contamination and fraud issues in the UK dairy supply chain initiated last year, Dairy UK also  leads a Due Diligence Scheme through which stringent tests are conducted on milk and dairy products in accredited laboratories. The dairy industry is also looking at additional opportunities to enhance collaboration with government agencies such as the FSA or  the VMD.

“Dairy UK will make every effort to contribute to any other industry surveillance programmes and activities.”

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01
September
2014

Dairy UK, DairyCo and NFU Respond to Allegations on Milk Production

The UK dairy industry was unanimous in its response to a GP’s allegations on dairy nutrition and milk production, as published in the Daily Mail on 30th August.

Reacting to the article “So that’s why you’re dog-tired”, Dairy UK, DairyCo and the NFU wrote the following letter to the Editor of the Daily Mail:

Dear Sir

“So that’s why you’re dog-tired” (Daily Mail, 30 August), is aptly titled, as the dairy industry is certainly dog-tired of the myths that surround dairy farming and dairy produce being reproduced as fact.

The piece about milk contains a number of inaccuracies.  From the first assertion that cows are injected with hormones to keep them producing milk all year round through to pus in milk, it appears to be a study into how we can ‘Google’ as many incorrect myths and call them facts.

For example, cows are not injected with hormones to keep them milking all year round.  This myth stems from the use of bovine somatotropin (BST) in some countries which is used to stimulate higher milk yields, but it is not allowed in the EU.  To produce milk, a cow needs to complete a pregnancy, the birth of a calf starts lactation. Normally cows will have a calf each year having had 6-8 weeks of no milk production known as “the dry period”.  

Sometimes cows require veterinary treatment for health problems.  This may be hormones for reproductive issues or antibiotics for disease.  However all treatments are for an individual cow depending on her needs.   With regard to antibiotics, no farmer wants sick animals on his farm. But when animals do become ill antibiotics can play an important role in combating a bacterial infection and bringing the animals back to full health.  The use of veterinary medicines is very carefully controlled by law and when veterinary medicines or antibiotics are used, the cow’s milk is not allowed to enter the food chain for a stipulated period, known as the withdrawal period.

It simply isn’t true to say there is pus in milk.  All milk - including human breast milk naturally contains somatic (white) cells, which are critical in fighting infection and ensuring good health.  The dairy industry monitors somatic cells to ensure that levels remain well below the permitted EU limit. In the UK, the average somatic cell count is around half of what is allowed within the EU.

While ignorance of dairy farming methods is worrying, inaccuracies concerning the nutritional content of milk call into question the author’s entire article.  It is not accurate to suggest that people are intolerant to dairy as a whole food group, something which the author should be fully aware of.

Some people are intolerant to lactose - the sugar naturally present in milk. The main reason for this is that some people’s bodies don’t produce any (or don't produce enough) of the enzyme which breaks down lactose. However, studies have shown that even people who have lactose intolerance can consume yogurt and cheese without symptoms – because the lactose has been either fermented in yogurt or lost in the whey fraction (liquid) of the cheese making process. For people who don’t want conventional milk, there are lactose free dairy products readily available.

It is inappropriate to recommend that people reduce the consumption of nutrient-rich food groups like dairy based on opinion rather than a medical fact. Dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt contribute to the daily nutrient needs of the majority of people in the UK. Since most people are not trained nutritionists, they wouldn’t know how to replace the nutrients they would be missing if they reduced their dairy consumption. People who believe they may have a food intolerance should make their GP and a dietician their first port of call for proper professional advice.

Isn’t it about time to stop dozy articles and wake up to the facts?

Yours faithfully,

Dr Judith Bryans BSc PhD RNutr, Chief Executive, Dairy UK
Dr Duncan PullarBSc PhD MBA, Chief Executive, DairyCo
Rob Newbery, Chief Dairy Advisor, NFU

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28
August
2014

Dairy UK Welcomes EU Market Support Measures

Commenting on the European Commission’s announcement on emergency market support measures for the dairy sector, Dairy UK Chief Executive Dr Judith Bryans said:

“We welcome the European Commission’s decision to open Private Storage Aid for dairy products affected by the Russian ban. This measure will help prevent an oversupply of dairy products in the EU and stabilize the market. It will also give more time for the global dairy market to adapt to recent developments and absorb the impact of the ban.

“We also welcome the Commission’s willingness to extend PSA to non PDO/PGI cheeses and we will strongly argue for the need to include cheddar in any PSA measures. Cheddar is one of the most widely internationally traded cheeses and its exclusion from PSA would be detrimental to the UK dairy industry. We will be lobbying the Commission to argue for such an extension.

“We will continue monitoring the situation and keep working closely with Defra, the European Dairy Association and other stakeholders to mitigate the impact of the Russian ban.”

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15
August
2014

EU Dairy Industry Focuses on Handling Russian Import Ban

A series of key meetings involving European dairy industries, government bodies and the European Commission will be held in the next month to address the Russian import ban on dairy products.

It is too early at present to assess the full impact of the ban. However, EU Member States are concerned about its indirect impact and the need to find alternative homes for dairy products destined for Russia.

At a meeting held by the Commission this week, Member States agreed to provide weekly price updates to the Commission and to monitor closely any further developments. Another management meeting will be held by the Commission next week, followed by a Special Committee meeting on agriculture on September 2nd and a Special Agricultural Council meeting on September 5th.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "There is no doubt that the ban will have both direct and indirect effects on the European dairy industry before the market reacts and delivers some equilibrium. Dairy UK will continue to monitor the potential impact and work with Defra, the European Dairy Association and other industry stakeholders to assess and help mitigate any consequences on the sector".

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30
July
2014

Manufacturing Industry Saves £2 million in Water Costs

Signatories to the Federation House Commitment (FHC) significantly reduced the amount of water used in the manufacture of food and drink last year, saving the industry £2 million in the purchase price of water alone.

The news comes as part of the Commitment's annual progress report, published today by WRAP.

Between 2012 and 2013, signatories reduced their water use by 1.35 million m3, meaning that since the start of the FHC in 2007 signatories have collectively made a 15.6% reduction in their water use - excluding water in product. This is equivalent to 6.1 million m3 reduction in annual water use since FHC began, enough to fill 2,430 Olympic-size swimming pools, and is a particularly impressive achievement given that production increased by 8.2% at these same sites over this period.

The figures for water intensity - the amount of water needed per unit of production – also saw a dramatic reduction of 22% compared to the 2007 baseline, decreasing by 0.49 m3 per tonne of product.

The reductions have been achieved through a range of water management initiatives implemented by FHC signatories. Case studies are included within the report outlining a selection of these, including the example of Kellogg's manufacturing site in Manchester which halved its water use since joining the FHC in 2008, achieving a water intensity reduction of 55% between 2007 and 2013. A reverse osmosis water treatment system was installed at the Manchester site in 2012 enabling water to meet high quality standards for use in "grey water" applications at the factory, such as in wet scrubbers and cooling operations separate from food production. As a result of these measures the site reduced its water use by 26% in 2012.

Richard Swannell, Director of Sustainable Food Systems at WRAP said; "Today's findings show the FHC signatories' commitment to contributing towards the Food Industry Sustainability Strategy water reduction target of 20% by 2020. I'm particularly impressed by the reduction of water-use-intensity in the last year, which continued at a rate comparable with the early stages of the Commitment, a great result since many of the easier wins have already been implemented."

Environment Minister Dan Rogerson said: "Becoming more water efficient is not only good for the environment but passes on savings to companies which in turn helps create a stronger economy and fairer society. I am very pleased to see the manufacturing industry reducing its water use and I hope others will follow suit."

Managed by WRAP in partnership with the Food and Drink Federation and Dairy UK, the Federation House Commitment is supported by the Environment Agency and Defra. Today's report summarises the water savings made by signatories in 2013, as well as highlighting measures undertaken by individual companies to reduce water use at their UK manufacturing sites.

Judith Bryans, CEO of Dairy UK stated: "The dairy industry takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously and water efficiency is a top priority for Dairy UK members. The Federation House Commitment has been instrumental in encouraging water efficiency and the progress highlighted in the report reflects very positively on the industry and on the FHC for this collaborative work.

"This partnership demonstrates our industry's commitment to reducing its water consumption and builds upon and complements the water reduction targets already set by the industry's own Dairy Roadmap."

Neil Davies, Deputy Director for Site Based Regulation at the Environment Agency said "May I congratulate all signatories on the achievements they have made in reducing water use through involvement in the Federation House Commitment. The environmental and business benefits of adopting the latest approaches and techniques in water efficiency are clear, not least given the increasingly apparent impacts of climate change."

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01
July
2014

Dairy UK Welcomes Efra Committee Report on Food Security

Dairy UK today welcomed the publication of the Food Security Report by the Efra Select Committee and described it as a significant contribution to the debate over the UK's future food needs.

 Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "The issue of food security is of crucial importance and one which all food-related industries must take very seriously. The dairy industry remains wholly committed to playing its part, not only in relation to the future food needs of the UK, but also in terms of addressing climate change.

"As an industry with a short supply chain and a proud track record in producing safe, nutritious products, the UK dairy industry is well positioned to meet the challenges of food security and it is working to generate more exports and tackle import substitution. We welcome recent support for the dairy industry from across the political spectrum and will continue to work with all relevant government departments, particularly DEFRA with whom we have an very constructive relationship,  in the hope of assisting government meet its food security objectives."

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