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Douglas Stearn
Deputy Director, Regulatory Affairs, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Douglas Stearn is currently serving as the Deputy Director for Regulatory Affairs for the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In this position, he has direct oversight and responsibility for regulatory programs overseeing the food supply under FDA’s jurisdiction, including compliance functions and regulatory programs involving food safety, dietary supplements, nutrition and food labeling, analytics, outreach, and international affairs.

He previously served since November 2013 as the director of FDA’s Office of Enforcement and Import Operations, where he had responsibility for overseeing the execution of the agency’s import operations and compliance activities that cut across the commodities FDA regulates. Between January 2009 and November 2013 Mr. Stearn served as the assistant director and then the deputy director of the Office of Compliance within FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

Prior to joining CDER, Mr. Stearn served as the director of the Division of Compliance Policy in the Office of Regulatory Affairs for almost two years. Mr. Stearn received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1987.

He received his law degree in 1991 from Cornell Law School. Immediately before joining FDA, Mr. Stearn worked as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Consumer Litigation for over fifteen years. In the course of his work at the Department of Justice, Mr. Stearn litigated numerous civil and criminal cases referred by FDA and other consumer protection agencies.

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Beth Johnson, M.S., R.D.
Principal & CEO, Food Directions LLC

Elizabeth (Beth) Johnson, MS, RD, founded Food Directions LLC in February 2010. Johnson’s unique experience and skill set helps clients gain valuable insight into the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Capitol Hill. Johnson also has strong relationships with thought leaders at NGOs, food associations, and consumer groups, which help Food Directions gain a diverse perspective on food issues. Johnson is regularly tapped to speak at food related conferences and events.

Prior to starting Food Directions LLC, Johnson served as Executive Vice President for Public Affairs for the National Restaurant Association where she oversaw government affairs, public policy and communications for the organization. In 2008, Johnson was named Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety at USDA where she lead and oversaw the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), USDA’s public health agency that ensures the nation’s commercial meat, poultry, and certain egg products are safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged. In addition to her service as Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety, Johnson was deputy chief of staff and senior advisor for the Secretary of Agriculture at USDA, where she focused on agricultural trade, animal health, food safety and nutrition. She joined the department in 2002 after nearly four years at Fleishman-Hillard, Inc., where she was a vice president with clients in the food and agriculture arena. Her previous experiences include positions as a senior professional staff member at the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; a nutritionist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; and a research dietitian at USDA. Johnson also worked at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as associate director for food policy.

Johnson is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), serves on the National Food Policy Conference Advisory Committee, Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) host committee, and on Dunkin Brands’ Nutrition Advisory Board and is a Food Cowboy Advisor. Johnson has been quoted in numerous media outlets including USA Today, HealthDay, Supermarket News, Food Navigator USA, AdWeek, Washington Times, Politico, and The Hill, among others.

Johnson holds a BS in Dietetics from Ball State University and an MS in Nutrition from the University of Maryland. Johnson lives in Maryland with her husband Bill and daughters Hanah and Sara.

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Les Boian

Milk Program Director (Branch III), Office of State Cooperative Programs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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Stephen M. Ostroff, M.D.
Former Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Dr. Ostroff was Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine at the FDA from May 2016 until November 2018, overseeing FDA’s food and animal health portfolio which includes food safety and nutrition, food labeling, food and color additives, dietary supplements, animal drugs and animal feed and cosmetics activities in the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine (OFVM) in the Office of the Commissioner, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and the foods-related programs of the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA). His responsibilities include leading the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011.

Dr. Ostroff served as FDA’s Acting Commissioner on two occasions, from April 2015 to late February 2016 and January to May of 2017. Before joining FDA in 2013, Dr. Ostroff worked on infectious diseases, including foodborne illness, at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and at the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

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Veronica Colas
Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Veronica Colas counsels clients on the regulations and policy issues affecting food companies from farm to table. She represents all segments of the food industry, including manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, and food service companies, as well as their trade associations.

Using her keen awareness of today's litigation environment, Veronica helps develop new products, label claims, advertising materials, and promotional campaigns. She has a deep understanding of both current and forthcoming food labeling and production requirements ranging from nutrition and menu labeling, to the regulatory issues surrounding genetically engineered foods and organic food production.

Veronica provides clear advice and practical solutions for compliance with labeling, advertising, and safety regulations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Consumer Product Safety Commission. She has significant experience in helping clients navigate regulatory enforcement challenges, such as Warning Letters, import detentions, and investigations by the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, Congress, and state Attorneys General. Veronica works closely with trade associations and food companies to craft comments and develop strategies in response to public policy issues such as agency rulemaking. She is a frequent speaker and contributor to industry publications.

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Danielle Quist
Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs and Counsel, International Dairy Foods Association

Danielle Quist works with members and government agencies on environmental, worker safety, bioengineered foods labeling and sustainability issues. She also serves as the association’s legal counsel on issues involving contracts, antitrust, and statutory and regulatory interpretation.

Quist comes to IDFA from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), where she worked for nearly 14 years, most recently as senior counsel for public policy. She also was co-lead for AFBF’s legal advocacy program, winning cases, resolving issues and securing policy outcomes for farms, ranches and the entire agricultural community. Before that, Quist worked on Capitol Hill as a counsel on the House Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Natural Resources and Regulatory Affairs. She also was an associate at Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP, and served as a law clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Quist earned her Juris Doctor and bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University. She is a member of the D.C. and New York Bars.

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Dana Coale
Deputy Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), U.S. Department of Agriculture

Dana H. Coale was selected as Deputy Administrator of the AMS Dairy Program in September 2004. Ms. Coale oversees a wide array of programs and services that establish and maintain orderly dairy marketing conditions and ensure that consumers have adequate supplies of pure and wholesome milk at all times. She manages an organization of more than 470 employees who implement these programs across the Nation.

Ms. Coale began her career with the AMS Fruit and Vegetable Program in 1989 as a Marketing Specialist, but she has spent nearly her entire career with Dairy Programs, starting as an Agricultural Marketing Specialist in 1990 working with the Federal Milk Marketing Order Program. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Administrator, she served as Associate Deputy Administrator for Dairy Program for almost 3 years.

Ms. Coale received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Service and Administration in Agriculture and International Agriculture from Iowa State University. She grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Central Iowa, and she continues to maintain ownership in the operation. Ms. Coale and her husband have two children and reside in Gainesville, Virginia.

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Jon Woody, CAPT, USPHS
Director, Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Captain Jon Woody is currently the Director for the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. In this role he leads a senior staff of subject matter experts that work to develop policies, tools and resources aimed at preventing intentional adulteration of FDA regulated food products. CAPT Woody has over 12 years of experience working on food defense initiatives at FDA. Most recently, CAPT Woody has served as one of the lead technical writers for the Food Safety Modernization Act Intentional Adulteration (IA) proposed and final rules and is the Agency lead for training initiatives in support of the IA final rule. CAPT Woody has extensive experience developing and delivering food defense training, has led numerous training courses both domestically and internationally on food defense concepts, and has worked collaboratively with government and industry stakeholders in numerous countries.

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Emily Lyons
Associate, Husch Blackwell LLP

Emily Lyons is an attorney in the Food and Agribusiness practice at Husch Blackwell LLP, working of out the firm’s Washington, DC office. She grew up on a northern Illinois dairy farm, and now helps clients bridge the gap from farm to fork.

Emily’s excellent research and writing skills – and a preference for working with people rather than cows – set her on the path to become an attorney. Understanding that food producers face tough choices regarding sustainability, marketing and legal requirements, she steers clients toward best solutions.

She guides clients on complex regulatory issues as they bring dairy products, beverages, fruits and vegetables, processed foods and other agricultural goods to market. At the intersection of agriculture, food and environment, Emily handles compliance matters such as labeling, marketing, permitting and agency inquiries including the Food Safety Modernization Act, Pasteurized Milk Ordinance, USDA National Organic Program and bioengineered food disclosure standard, Generally Recognized as Safe status for food additives and food contact substances, and the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65).

Before private practice, Emily served as counsel and director of regulatory affairs at the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA). Her unique ability to speak the language throughout the supply chain brings clients value as she navigates complex scientific information, melds it with antiquated regulatory constructs and makes it understandable, all while helping her clients be innovative and cutting edge.

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Joseph Levitt
Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP

As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's former top food regulator, Joe Levitt brings a true insider's knowledge in helping clients successfully navigate complex industry regulation. Whether influencing policy making or confronting a threatened compliance action, Joe's 25 years of FDA experience puts clients in the best position to succeed.

Joe skillfully handles high-visibility recalls and compliance actions. If organizations find themselves in trouble with the FDA, they need someone with a deep insider's understanding of what works and what doesn't. Joe knows what the agency expects in the compliance arena and he can communicate a client's position calmly and effectively to the FDA so the matter is put behind them.

On behalf of the food industry, Joe was on the ground floor when Congress developed the landmark FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). He was also a leading voice for the food industry when the FDA developed regulations that all food companies must now follow. Joe and his team know how to guide clients through the labyrinth of FDA's FSMA regulations to ensure that they are as prepared as possible for a FSMA inspection by the FDA.

Joe is among the most decorated officials in FDA history, with his achievements being recognized by multiple U.S. presidents, cabinet secretaries, and FDA Commissioners. He maintains close working relationships with senior FDA officials and has served as the Board Chair of the FDA Alumni Association.

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Jill Nicholls, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Dairy Management Inc.

Jill Nicholls is the Senior Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at Dairy Management Inc.

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Jeff M. Witte
Director / Secretary of Agriculture, New Mexico Department of Agriculture

Jeff grew up on his family’s ranch on the Rowe Mesa between Moriarty and Las Vegas, New Mexico. He graduated from New Mexico State University (NMSU) with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business management. He also earned a master’s degree in agricultural economics.

After college, Jeff worked for New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau as the field representative. This was for the counties in northern New Mexico. He also represented the state’s farmers and ranchers in legislative discussions in Santa Fe. During this time, Jeff worked to bring farmer groups and rancher groups together. The Ag Group, as it’s loosely known, still gathers every year prior to the legislative session. This is to set policy priorities that will benefit all of agriculture. When the session gets going, the group hosts Ag Fest to showcase the diversity of New Mexico agriculture. Jeff was instrumental in making this an annual event.

Jeff first came to NMDA, located in Las Cruces, in 1994. He spent the next nine years as the assistant director alongside Director/Secretary Frank DuBois. During that time, Jeff helped create the New Mexico Agricultural Leadership Program. This two-year program aims to develop effective leaders. The leaders work within the state’s food, agriculture, and natural resource sectors.

Jeff then went to work as the director for the Office of Agricultural Biosecurity for NMDA and NMSU. He later launched the Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center at NMSU. In both capacities, he worked with private industry and officials at all levels of government. Together they developed plans that will protect New Mexico agriculture as part of a homeland security strategy. Jeff still heads up trainings on the subject from time to time.

Jeff was named New Mexico’s fifth permanent Director/Secretary of Agriculture in May 2011. Currently, he serves as the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) President. He is past president of the Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture. He’s also past Chair of Natural Resources, Pesticide Management and Environment Committee for NASDA.

Jeff was appointed to the Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator in 2015. He was appointed vice chairman for a term which began May 2018 and ends May 2020. As a member of the LGAC, Jeff represents state-appointed officials. The committee provides advice and recommendation to the EPA Administrator to assist in developing a stronger partnership with local governments. The committee also provides direction regarding building state and local capacity to deliver environmental services and programs.

The bulk of Jeff’s time as New Mexico’s secretary of agriculture is spent on the road. He met with groups that represent farmers and ranchers across the state. He also works to educate legislators about New Mexico agriculture.

Jeff and his wife Janet live in the southern New Mexico’s Mesilla Valley. Their son, Jeremy, received a degree in ag economics and ag business from NMSU. He also has a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University. He currently works for the House Committee on Agriculture as a senior staff member. Their daughter, Jennifer, is studying nursing at NMSU.

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Melissa San Miguel
Head of Red Flag USA, Global Head of Policy, Red Flag Consulting

Melissa advises Red Flag and its clients on policy issues and strategic responses. She was previously Senior Director for Global Strategies at the Grocery Manufacturers Association in Washington, DC, where she developed and implemented trade and global competitiveness strategies for the world’s leading food, beverage, and consumer product companies. Prior to joining GMA, Melissa served in the U.S. diplomatic service handling trade policy issues in Latin America and Asia, most recently as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment.

    
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Scott MacIntire
Director, Division of Enforcement, Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Since November of 2014, Mr. MacIntire has been the Director of the Division of Enforcement at FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), where he works closely with FDA centers to include the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Center for Biologics and Office of Chief Counsel in determining regulatory strategies for follow up action. He also serves as the Agency focal point for guidance on recall plans and procedures, directs and coordinates ORA’s activities related to the investigation of health fraud, and provides management and oversight of the Agency’s debarment program. Prior to his current position, Mr. MacIntire was Director of the Chicago District Office from 2004 to 2014.

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Clay Detlefsen
Senior Vice President, Regulatory & Environmental Affairs and Staff Counsel, National Milk Producers Federation

Clay Detlefsen is Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Environmental Affairs and Staff Counsel for NMPF. He is responsible for issues related to food safety and defense, dairy food labeling and environmental issues. He is engaged in numerous homeland security activities and is co-chair to the Food and Agricultural Sector Coordinating Council (FASCC). Clay has a bachelor of science in microbiology, an MBA in finance and a law degree. He has been a member of the Maryland Bar since 1997.

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Timothy Roddy, CAPT
Branch Director, Group II, Division of Milk Safety, Office of State Cooperative Programs (OSCP), U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Captain Tim Roddy is the Branch Director for Group II of the Division of Milk Safety, for The Food and Drug Administration’s Office for State Cooperative Programs. He earned his Masters of Environmental Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Environmental Science from East Central Oklahoma University.

Captain Roddy served as a Regional Milk Specialist in the Soutwest Region for 24 years, serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on FDA’s European Union Equivalency Team and has been a Public Health Service Officer for 27 years.

Captain Roddy has served in various deployment roles for Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, and Isaac and has deployed for multiple disaster relief missions. He has received several PHS awards including the Outstanding Service Medal (2), Commendation Medal, and several Crisis Response Ribbons and several non-PHS awards including the FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation, the Vice-Presidential Hammer Award, and Exemplary Intergovernmental Service Award.

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  • As one of the most highly regulated food industries in the United States, dairy must comply with regulations issued by multiple federal agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Commerce, among other state and local regulatory bodies.

    Because most dairy industry professionals come face to face with regulators only when an inspector knocks on their door, the Regulatory RoundUp provides the opportunity for dairy professionals to hear firsthand from the decision-makers and the regulation officials who have direct responsibility for the rules that affect dairy plants, products and personnel. The conference will help dairy professionals better understand the intent behind federal regulations, the parameters for compliance and how best to engage in the process to shape pending regulations.

    Who Should Attend?
    IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP is geared toward dairy company and plant professionals who are responsible for understanding and complying with dairy regulations, as well as the suppliers who work with dairy plants to meet and exceed federal, state and local standards for dairy food manufacturing.



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    Schedule is subject to change.

    Tuesday, June 4
    12:30 PM 12:30 - 1:45 PM
    Lunch and Keynote Address: FDA Views from the Top
    Location: Senate Ballroom Salon C
    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. As a top regulatory policy official, Stearn will present key priorities for FDA’s regulatory agenda and expectations for oversight of and outreach to the dairy foods and ingredients industry over the coming years.
    Speaker:
    Douglas Stearn, Deputy Director, Regulatory Affairs, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    1:45 PM 1:45 - 2:45 PM
    Trends in International and U.S. Nutrition Policy
    Location: Senate Ballroom Salon AB
    Policy changes intended to influence consumers’ food and beverage choices make big news, whether these are at the local, federal or international level. Sometimes, these policies have other unintended effects on the dairy industry as well as consumer diet quality. Hear from a panel of experts about the issues and trends with the greatest potential to impact global and U.S. nutrition policy and what these could mean for the dairy foods industry.
    Speakers:
    Beth Johnson, M.S., R.D., Principal & CEO, Food Directions LLC



    Jill Nicholls, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Dairy Management Inc.




    Melissa San Miguel, Head of Red Flag USA, Global Head of Policy, Red Flag Consulting
    2:45 PM 2:45 - 3:45 PM
    FDA Preventive Control Inspections and the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance
    Location: Senate Ballroom Salon AB
    FDA’s Office of State Cooperative Programs plays a key role in working with the states to ensure appropriate regulatory oversight of Grade "A" milk and milk products, as well as other manufactured foods that the dairy industry produces. During this session, FDA will offer updates on the agency’s preventive control inspections of Grade "A" products — under the new Appendix T of the PMO — plus how inspections of non-Grade "A" and mixed facilities have been progressing so far and potential changes for the future.
    Speaker:
    Timothy Roddy, CAPT, Branch Director, Group II, Division of Milk Safety, Office of State Cooperative Programs (OSCP), U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    3:45 PM 3:45 - 4:00 PM
    Networking Break 
    Location: Senate Ballroom Foyer
    4:00 PM 4:00 - 5:00 PM
    Navigating Regulations for Novel Foods and Technologies
    Location: Senate Ballroom Salon AB
    Dairy companies seeking to create new products in response to changing consumer expectations face roadblocks due to outdated federal standards and other restrictions that limit the industry’s ability to innovate and compete in today’s highly competitive marketplace. In this session, Dr. Ostroff will draw on his years of experience and leadership at FDA and provide updates on reforms the agency is undertaking and the challenges it faces in doing so. He will also offer advice on how to maximize innovation while minimizing roadblocks in today’s regulatory environment.
    Speaker:
    Stephen M. Ostroff, M.D., Former Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    5:00 PM 5:00 - 6:00 PM
    Networking Reception
    Location: Judiciary Hall & Terrace
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    Wednesday, June 5
    7:00 AM 7:00 - 8:00 AM
    Networking Breakfast
    Location: Senate Ballroom Salon C
    8:00 AM 8:00 - 9:00 AM
    Food Fights in the Courtroom: How Litigation and Consumer Expectations are Driving Food Labels
    Location: Senate Ballroom Salon AB
    Increasingly, food labeling decisions are driven not by FDA regulations, but by litigation and consumer expectations. Earlier lawsuits over food labeling focused mainly on the use of claims such as "natural." More recently, courts have considered a multitude of other labeling claims, as well as the role of the First Amendment and whether it relates to the use of dairy names in plant-based foods, or vitamin additives in non-fat milk. This session will provide an update on the current state of food labeling litigation, including lessons your company can learn from these lawsuits and how we might forecast future litigation.
    Speaker:
    Veronica Colas, Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells US LLP

    9:00 AM 9:00 - 9:45 AM
    Update on Environmental Contaminants
    Location: Senate Ballroom Salon AB
    The detection of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in soils, drinking water and agricultural water has raised widespread health concerns among communities and state and federal governments. This session will give an overview of what PFAS chemicals are and how they are affecting the environment and the dairy industry. The panel will provide insights and updates on how state and federal regulators and Congress are responding to these emerging contaminants of concern.
    Speakers:
    Clay Detlefsen, Senior Vice President, Regulatory & Environmental Affairs and Staff Counsel, National Milk Producers Federation



    Speakers:
    Danielle Quist, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs and Counsel, International Dairy Foods Association



    Jeff M. Witte, Director / Secretary of Agriculture, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
    9:45 AM 9:45 - 10:00 AM
    Networking Break
    Location: Senate Ballroom Foyer
    10:00 AM 10:00 - 11:00 AM
    Intentional Adulteration Rule Compliance: Is Your Plant Ready?
    Location: Senate Ballroom Salon AB
    The Food Safety Modernization Act introduced a novel approach for protecting consumers from intentional adulteration. The Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food from Intentional Adulteration final 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. With new draft guidance published on how to comply with the rule, attendees will hear directly from the FDA staff involved in writing the guidance to gain insights into FDA’s current thinking. Attendees will also hear from former IDFA expert Emily Lyons on key compliance issues facing dairy processors as the rule’s deadline approaches.
    Speakers:
    Emily Lyons, Associate, Husch Blackwell LLP



    Jon Woody, CAPT, USPHS, Director, Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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    11:00 AM - Noon
    Managing Recalls for Dairy
    Location: Senate Ballroom Salon AB
    Managing recalls, whether voluntary or mandatory, can be a challenge for a dairy processing company and may have far reaching impacts on consumer perceptions of the dairy industry. Joseph Levitt, partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP, and Scott MacIntire, Director of Division of Enforcement in the FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs, will provide insight into best practices for managing recalls for the dairy industry and discuss recent FDA guidance on voluntary and mandatory recalls.
    Speakers:
    Joseph Levitt, Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP



    Scott MacIntire, Director, Division of Enforcement, Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Afternoon Afternoon
    IDFA Regulatory Committee Meetings
    Location: Senate Ballroom Salon C
    12:00 - 1:00 PM — Joint Regulatory Committee
    1:00 - 2:00 PM — Food Safety Committee
    2:00 - 3:00 PM — Nutrition and Health Committee
    3:00 - 4:00 PM — Standards and Labeling Committee





    The fastest and easiest way to register is online. If a paper form is required to submit a check payment, please download the registration form.

      Early
    Ends April 12th
    Regular
    After April 12th
    Member $595 $695
    Member (Group Registration of 3+) $495 $595
    Non-Member $795 $895
    Non-Member (Group Registration of 3+) $695 $795
    Government / Media / University  $350 $350

    FAQs

    Q: Registration substitutions
    Registration is non-transferable from one company to another; however, substitutions within companies are welcome at any time. Please email registrar@idfa.org if you would like to make a registration substitution.

    Q: Registration Cancellation Policy
    Registration cancellations received in writing will be accepted prior to May 14, 2019 for a full refund. Cancellations received after May 14, 2019, will be eligible for a 50 percent refund. Your Regulatory RoundUP registration fee is non-refundable after May 28, 2019. Substitutions may be made without penalty. All cancellations and substitutions must be received in writing at registrar@idfa.org.

    Q: Attire
    Business casual attire recommended. The average temperatures in the Washington DC Metro Area in June are 85°F high and 63°F low.

    Questions: If you have questions or need assistance with the registration process, please contact IDFA at 202-220-3557 or registrar@idfa.org.


    Regulatory RoundUP will be held at the Hyatt Centric in Arlington, Virginia. You may make your hotel reservation online or directly with the hotel by calling 703-525-1234. When calling, refer to IDFA (Group Code: G-IDFA) to receive the special room rate of $249 per night plus applicable taxes. The deadline to secure a room is May 13, 2019. We have reserved a large block of rooms, but once all the rooms have been booked, we cannot guarantee that additional space will be available.

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    Why Sponsor
    Sponsorship is one of the best ways to brand your organization as a thought-leader and to highlight your commitment to advancing the dairy industry.

    CONNECT WITH YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE
    Reach dairy company and plant professionals who are responsible for understanding and complying with dairy regulations.

    GROW YOUR BRAND AWARENESS
    Extend your message, reinforce your brand and enhance your company's reputation to a focused audience.

    MARKET YOUR INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
    Showcase your products and services to professionals looking for ways to increase profitability, enhance efficiency, and collaborate on finding solutions.

     Interested?  CONTACT: Melissa Lembke  |  202-220-3512  |  mlembke@idfa.org



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    KEYNOTE LUNCHEON – $3,500
    One of the conference best attended sessions, the opening luncheon is a great opportunity to gain added visibility among attendees enjoying conversations with industry colleagues.

    SPONSOR BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Opportunity for company representative to give remarks at the lunch session
    2. One (1) complimentary conference registration
    3. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    4. Live recognition throughout the conference
    NETWORKING RECEPTION – $2,000
    After an afternoon of informative sessions and meetings, everyone will be looking for a place to relax, unwind and make some new contacts. The networking reception is ideal for a sponsor who wants to make an impression by hosting a great evening of food, drinks and camaraderie.

    SPONSOR BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Five (5) reception invitations
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout the conference
    COFFEE BREAK PRESENTATION – $1,500
    Coffee breaks are an oasis during a long day of meetings. Nothing makes conference attendees happier than knowing a cup of coffee or a relaxing conversation is waiting for them just outside the meeting room door.

    SPONSOR BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Opportunity to give a 15-minute presentation during one of the designated coffee breaks
    2. Exhibit table throughout the conference
    3. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    4. Live recognition throughout the conference
    BREAKFAST – $1,000
    Sponsorship of the conference breakfast will provide your company exposure during the most important meal of the day.

    SPONSOR BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Giveaway provided by sponsor distributed to conference attendees
    2. Recognition on conference materials and website
    WIFI – $1,000
    WiFi is every conference attendee’s connection to the outside world, and attendees will be connecting often to check social media updates and messages from the office. When you sponsor WiFi service during Regulatory RoundUP, your company logo and a link to your website will appear every time attendees log in.

    SPONSOR BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Sponsor logo and link on WiFi landing page
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout the conference
    COFFEE BREAK – $750
    Coffee breaks are an oasis during a long day of meetings. Nothing makes conference attendees happier than knowing a cup of coffee or a relaxing conversation is waiting for them just outside the meeting room door.

    SPONSOR BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    2. Live recognition throughout the conference
    REGISTRATION LANYARDS – $750
    Every attendee at Regulatory RoundUP will receive a name badge that is required for entrance to all sessions and conference events. Those name badges hang from lanyards that feature your company logo.

    SPONSOR BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Sponsor logo on registration lanyards
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout the conference
    GIVEAWAY ITEM – $500
    Get your logo and company message in the hands of conference attendees by providing a promotional item (notepad, pen, hand sanitizer, etc.) to be distributed to all conference attendees.

    SPONSOR BENEFITS INCLUDE:

    1. Giveaway provided by sponsor distributed to conference attendees
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout the conference
    Speakers will be announced below as they are confirmed.


    Speakers
    Veronica Colas
    Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells US LLP

    Veronica Colas counsels clients on the regulations and policy issues affecting food companies from farm to table. She represents all segments of the food industry, including...    MORE
    Clay Detlefsen
    Senior Vice President, Regulatory & Environmental Affairs and Staff Counsel, National Milk Producers Federation

    Clay Detlefsen is Senior Vice President of Regulatory...    MORE
    Beth Johnson, M.S., R.D.
    Principal & CEO, Food Directions LLC

    Elizabeth (Beth) Johnson, MS, RD, founded Food Directions LLC in February 2010. Johnson’s unique experience and skill set helps clients gain valuable insight into...    MORE
    Joseph Levitt
    Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP

    As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's former top food regulator, Joe Levitt brings a true insider's knowledge in helping clients successfully navigate...    MORE
    Emily Lyons
    Associate, Husch Blackwell LLP 

    Emily Lyons is an attorney in the Food and Agribusiness practice at Husch Blackwell LLP, working of out the firm’s Washington, DC office. She grew up on a northern...    MORE
    Scott MacIntire
    Director, Division of Enforcement, Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    Since November of 2014, Mr. MacIntire has been the Director of the Division of Enforcement at FDA’s...    MORE
    Jill Nicholls, Ph.D.
    Senior Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Dairy Management Inc.

    Jill Nicholls is the Senior Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at Dairy...    MORE
    Stephen M. Ostroff, M.D.
    Former Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    Dr. Ostroff was Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine at the FDA from May 2016...    MORE
    Danielle Quist
    Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs and Counsel, International Dairy Foods Association

    Danielle Quist works with members and government agencies on environmental, worker safety, bioengineered...    MORE
    Timothy Roddy, CAPT
    Branch Director, Group II, Division of Milk Safety, Office of State Cooperative Programs (OSCP), U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    Captain Tim Roddy is the Branch Director for Group II of the Division of...    MORE
    Melissa San Miguel
    Head of Red Flag USA, Global Head of Policy, Red Flag Consulting

    Melissa advises Red Flag and its clients on policy issues and strategic responses. She was previously Senior Director for Global...    MORE
    Douglas Stearn
    Deputy Director, Regulatory Affairs, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    Douglas Stearn is currently serving as the Deputy Director for...    MORE
    Jeff M. Witte
    Director / Secretary of Agriculture, New Mexico Department of Agriculture

    Jeff grew up on his family’s ranch on the Rowe Mesa between Moriarty and Las Vegas, New Mexico. He graduated from New Mexico State University...    MORE
    Jon Woody, CAPT, USPHS
    Director, Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    Captain Jon Woody is...    MORE
    Attendee List

    Presentations

    Lunch and Keynote Address: FDA Views from the Top
    Douglas Stearn

    Trends in International and U.S. Nutrition Policy
    Beth Johnson
    Jill Nicholls
    Melissa San Miguel

    FDA Preventive Control Inspections and the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance
    Timothy Roddy

    Navigating Regulations for Novel Foods and Technologies
    Stephen Ostroff

    Food Fights in the Courtroom: How Litigation and Consumer Expectations are Driving Food Labels
    Veronica Colas

    Intentional Adulteration Rule Compliance: Is Your Plant Ready?
    Emily Lyons
    Jon Woody

    Managing Recalls for Dairy
    Scott MacIntire