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Dairy Facts 2016

New Conference Offers Chance to Interact with Key Federal Regulators

Apr 02, 2014

Although the dairy industry is one of the most regulated food industries in the United States, many dairy industry professionals only come face-to-face with regulators when an inspector comes knocking on their door.

To encourage a deeper understanding of current and pending federal regulations, IDFA is offering a new two-day conference where dairy professionals can learn more about the dairy regulations directly from officials at the Food and Drug Administration, Agriculture Department, Environmental Protection Agency and more. IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP will be held June 24-25 in Washington, D.C.

“Participants will hear first-hand from the decision-makers and the regulatory officials who have direct responsibility for the rules that affect dairy plants, products and personnel,” said Clay Detlefsen, IDFA vice president for regulatory affairs. “Regulatory RoundUP will provide an insider’s perspective on how dairy works with our regulators and shed light on how dairy industry input informs the rule-making process.”

Here are two highlights:

  • Top officials from FDA’s Nutrition and Labeling Office will explain the wide-ranging labeling changes and how the new rules will impact every milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream product on the market.
  • Attendees will gain an insider’s perspective on how USDA and the dairy industry are working together on Commercial Item Descriptions (CIDs), the program aimed at facilitating transactions between dairy purchasers and suppliers and federally supported food programs.

Regulatory RoundUP is designed for dairy professionals who are responsible for understanding and complying with dairy regulations, as well as the suppliers who work with dairy plants to help them meet and exceed federal, state and local standards for dairy food manufacturing.

The RoundUP will coincide with IDFA’s annual legislative fly-in, Washington Conference, which will be held June 25-26 in Washington, D.C. Regulatory RoundUP participants are welcome to participate in all Washington Conference meetings and briefings. 

Together, Regulatory RoundUP and Washington Conference will offer four days of comprehensive policy and regulatory discussions with key federal officials and legislators.

View the Regulatory RoundUP agenda and register here. For more information, contact Maria Velasco, assistant for meetings and educational services, at or 202-220-3524.

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