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Regulatory RoundUP 2015


Day One
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Noon - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch Session

Recent Recalls Related to Listeria and the Response by Regulators

Recent food recalls related to Listeria have generated significant concern for dairy processors. Learn from a leading food regulatory attorney what the dairy industry can do to prevent future recalls. Attendees will also hear how state and FDA regulators may be refocusing inspection efforts and what dairy processors can do to be prepared.

Speaker: Gary Kushner, Partner, Hogan Lovells International, LLP

1:15 - 1:30 p.m.


1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

HACKED: The Growing Need for Cyber Security

No business is safe from a cyberattack. Whether the attack comes from a foreign government, radical group, criminal enterprise or lone hacker, a company needs to protect networks, data and trade secrets. Learn about ways to protect your company information and how to respond in the event of a cyberattack. Also hear about pending legislation to enhance information sharing between the public and private sectors. It’s all about being prepared.

Speakers: Jean-Pierre Auffret, Director, Executive Degree Programs, George Mason University
Brett DeWitt, 
Staff Director, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technology, U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security
Jeff Gray, Chief of Training & Outreach, IC-CERT, Department of Homeland Security

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.

ICED: Enforcement & Ammonia Refrigeration Systems

Dairy food companies are facing increased scrutiny during inspections of their facilities especially in the operations of their ammonia refrigeration systems. Hear from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) about their recent enforcement activities related to ammonia refrigeration systems. Gain new insights into how to prepare and react to inspection results from a leading OSHA and EPA attorney. 

Speakers: Mark Dreux, Partner, Arent Fox
Jim Lay, Senior Process Safety Engineer, Department of Labor, Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)
Craig Haas, Senior Environmental Scientist, Waste and Chemical Enforcement Division, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.


3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Food Fights: Food Litigation Update

Hundreds of lawsuits are filed each year against food companies due to food advertising and labeling. This session will provide an informative update on the current state of food litigation and discuss the legal and practical impact of these critical decisions on the entire food community. 

Speaker: Veronica Colas, Associate, Hogan Lovells U.S., LLP

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Labeling Reform: Anticipating the New Nutrition Facts Panel

Dairy companies must anticipate and prepare for sweeping changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel which about to be mandated for all food and beverage labels. Changes include a declaration for “added sugars,” new serving sizes, required and permitted nutrients, new Daily Values (including sodium), new qualifications for nutrient content claims and revisions to the nutrition label format. Join an informative session with FDA officials explaining the details of these proposed changes along with IDFA staff sharing how these labeling changes will impact dairy foods and comments filed with FDA for reconsideration of some elements of the proposed labeling.

Speakers: Cherisa Henderson, Nutritionist, Center for Food Safety and Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Crystal Rivers, Nutritionist, Center for Food Safety and Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Cary Frye, Vice President, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, International Dairy Foods Association

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.


Day Two
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


7:45 - 9:15 a.m.     


Breakfast and Keynote Session

Implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Since FSMA became law four years ago, Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has headed the massive task of issuing the more than 50 rules and guidance required under the law.  Throughout the process, Taylor envisioned a modern, science-based and prevention-oriented food safety program.  Join Taylor for breakfast and learn more about what to expect as the dairy industry moves from rulemaking to compliance.

Speaker: Mike Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 

9:15 - 10:00 a.m.

Dairy's Role in Federal Nutrition Programs

USDA’s Food Nutrition Service oversees programs that are critical to helping increase food security and reduce hunger by providing children and low income-families with access to food for a healthy diet and nutrition education that supports American agriculture. This office administers the school nutrition programs, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). This session will provide an overview into the details of these programs to help you understand the role of milk and dairy products play in providing a healthy and nutritious diet for millions of Americans and what policies shape these programs.

Speaker: Richard Lucas, Deputy Administrator, Office of Policy Support, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.


10:15 - 11:00 a.m.

Listeria Control and Other FDA Priorities for Dairy Food Safety

Following-up on recent dairy product recalls related to Listeria monocytogenes, learn FDA thoughts on the matter and what the industry is currently doing to strengthen its control over this pathogen and prevent future illnesses. In addition, FDA will update attendees on other important activities the agency is conducting and summarize outcomes from the recent National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments, including expanded drug residue testing of raw milk going into Grade “A” products.  

Speaker: John Sheehan, Director, Division of Dairy, Egg and Meat Safety, Center for Food and Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration 

11:00 a.m. - Noon

Reaching for Harmony under T-TIP

Negotiations between the United States and the European Union during the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership face hurdles on several important issues. Disputes between the European Union and the United States generally focus on issues involving non-tariff barriers like genetically modified organisms and sanitary and photosanitary measures. Hear what our panelists have to say about how the United States attempts to reconcile these regulatory differences during negotiations to open up market access for U.S. products.

Speakers: Sean Heather, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center of Global Regulatory Cooperation 
Ken Monahan, Director for International Trade Policy, National Association of Manufacturers




** IDFA members attending Regulatory RoundUP are welcome to complimentary registration for Advocacy Days, June 17-18, also at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Together, IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP and Advocacy Days will offer three days of comprehensive policy and regulatory discussions with key federal officials and legislators.