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Tuesday, June 5

Noon Noon - 5:00 PM
12:30 PM 12:30 - 1:45 PM
Luncheon and Keynote Address: FDA Views from the Top
Location: Ellington Ballroom
As the main regulatory agency for dairy companies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulations and policies have the largest impact on dairy businesses. Join a top FDA official to discuss what dairy companies can expect from the agency in the coming months under the Trump administration’s regulatory agenda.
Stephen Ostroff, M.D., Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
1:45 PM 1:45 - 2:45 PM
Nutrition Policy Changes: What Do the Experts Say?
Location: Logan Ballroom 
Future labeling requirements, food additive regulations and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s nutrition programs may be based on conclusions reached by panels of nutrition experts. The processes for updating the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Dietary Reference Intakes for Sodium and Potassium, which rely on input from these panels, are changing as well. Learn the topics and questions these panels will consider, how the experts will work together and what their final recommendations may mean for dairy foods and beverages offered in federal nutrition programs and sold in grocery stores.
Robert C. Post, PhD, MEd., MSc., Senior Director, Chobani Health and Wellness/Corporate Affairs, Chobani LLC
2:45 PM 2:45 - 3:45 PM
Controlling Your Supply Chain: Meeting FSMA’s Requirements
Location: Logan Ballroom
The Food Safety Modernization Act imposes numerous supply chain requirements on domestic and foreign suppliers, as well as importers, yet it’s still not exactly clear what FDA is going to expect from companies going forward. During this session, attendees will hear directly from an FDA official who was intimately involved in drafting the recently released guidance related to these supply chain requirements. Attendees also will gain key insights from an experienced food lawyer on how to translate guidance into action to ensure your company isn’t caught off guard.
Ricardo Carvajal, Director, Hyman, Phelps & MacNamara, P.C.
3:45 PM 3:45 - 4:00 PM
Networking Break
4:00 PM 4:00 - 5:00 PM
National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard: Mandatory GMO Labeling is Here
Location: Logan Ballroom
USDA will release this year the much-anticipated regulation that will require food labels and packaging to reveal the presence of genetically engineered ingredients. This session will provide attendees with an update on what the proposed rule says about the standard and how dairy companies may need to change their labels to comply.
5:00 PM 5:00-6:00 PM
Networking Reception
Location: Outdoor Patio

Wednesday, June 6

7:00 AM 7:00 AM - Noon
7:00 AM 7:00 - 8:00 AM
Networking Breakfast
Location: Ellington Ballroom
8:00 AM 8:00 - 8:45 AM
Listeria and Listeriosis: Science, Risk and Policy
Location: Logan Ballroom
In a world where hazards seem to be ubiquitous, dairy companies join the nation’s regulatory agencies in placing a high priority on understanding, managing and mitigating the risks of exposure to pathogens during food production. This session will feature a former policymaker and world-renowned expert on the current state of the science related to the foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. The speaker will address the FDA policies and guidance that are now in place to help manage the risk of food adulteration and avoid the potential for illness.
8:45 AM 8:45 - 9:45 AM
Rubber Meets the Road: Preventing Intentional Adulteration
Location: Logan Ballroom
The Food Safety Modernization Act completely changed the way food is regulated and introduced in one of the rules a novel approach for protecting consumers from intentional adulteration. This rule is designed to counteract the possibility, however unlikely, that an act of intentional adulteration could affect the U. S. food supply and cause widespread public harm. FDA regulators and industry experts will explain how to assess your food defense vulnerabilities and design measures to protect your consumers, brands and employees from intentionally introduced hazards.
9:45 AM 9:45 - 10:00 AM
Networking Break
10:00 AM 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Standards of Identity: Help and Hindrance
Location: Logan Ballroom
With constant calls from consumers for new and unique dairy products, many companies consider the federal Standards of Identity a barrier to innovation. At the same time, these standards can help to reduce consumer confusion and provide clear definitions to identify distinct types of foods. Attendees will learn more about how FDA creates and enforces the federal Standards of Identity and how changes to these standards would affect your business.
11:00 AM 11:00 AM - Noon
FDA Enforcement Update
Location: Logan Ballroom
FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) is the agency in charge of field activities, such as conducting inspections and investigations, enforcing FDA regulations, collecting and analyzing samples, and reviewing imported products. Attendees will learn more about the operations of this important office within FDA and the agency’s overall enforcement priorities for the year.
Noon Noon - 3:30 PM
IDFA Regulatory Committee Meetings (invitation only)
Location: Ellington Ballroom