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National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS)

NCIMS is a non-profit organization whose goal is to "Assure the Safest Possible Milk Supply for All the People." The Conference is made up of members representing the entire dairy industry -- dairy farmers, processing plant personnel, farm and plant inspectors, people who develop and enforce inspection regulations, academic researchers, advisers and consumers.
(L to R) John Sheehan, FDA; Cary Frye, IDFA; Dennis Gaalswyk, FDA; Clay Hough, IDFA; and John Allan, IDFA.

Following months of preparation and collaboration, dairy industry representatives met in April 2015 with state regulators and Food and Drug Administration officials at the recent National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) Conference and gained successful outcomes on two top issues. IDFA advocated effectively for reasonable regulations in the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) that will allow it to align with pending requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The attendees also agreed to allow industry sufficient time to develop sampling criteria and rapid test methods to expand the requirements for testing raw milk for additional drug residues.

The conference drew 360 attendees who represented dairy regulators from 49 states and Puerto Rico, FDA and more than 150 companies and stakeholders. Of the 100 proposals under consideration, the attendees passed 49. Changes accepted at the NCIMS Conference are applicable to Grade “A” dairy farms, processing plants and milk products.
For details, read NCIMS Attendees Pass Positive Proposals on PMO, Drug Residue Testing.” 

IDFA members may login in to read an in-depth summary of the proposals that passed, as well as the ones that were considered but not passed. 

For more information, contact Cary Frye, IDFA vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs, at or John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, at

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