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Dairy Facts 2016

Listeria Controls and Regulatory Responses to Top Regulatory RoundUP Agenda

May 20, 2015

A look at recalls related to Listeria monocytogenes and responses by regulators will be featured both days of IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP, June 16-17, in Washington, D.C. Gary Kushner of Hogan Lovells International LLP and John Sheehan of the Food and Drug Administration will discuss what the industry can do to prevent future recalls, how regulators are addressing the issue and what dairy companies can do to prepare for inspections.

Kushner, a leading food regulatory attorney and partner of Hogan Lovells, has more than 35 years of experience with the development, interpretation and enforcement of laws and regulations, and representing the food industry in matters involving compliance. His presentation will focus on the lessons learned through recent recalls and resulting FDA actions.

John Sheehan is a long-time dairy regulator at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. In presenting “Listeria Control and Other Priorities for Dairy Food Safety,” Sheehan also will address the recent recalls from an FDA standpoint and elaborate on what the industry is doing to strengthen its control over listeria to prevent future illnesses.

Be Here. Be Heard.

IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP will feature several other key regulators and will be followed by Advocacy Days, June 17-18, an event that will be primed with policy-makers. Both provide an excellent opportunity for industry interaction.

“Regulatory RoundUP and Advocacy Days are a powerful combination of back-to-back IDFA events designed to bring dairy leaders up to speed on government activities that are important to our industry," said Emily Lyons, IDFA director of regulatory affairs and counsel. In a brief video, Lyons and Ashley Burch, IDFA director of political programs, invite dairy professionals to attend both events in Washington, D.C.

“Your presence here, on Capitol Hill, in the halls of Congress and meeting with key policy makers does make a difference. The more of us that show up in person, representing the interests of hometown businesses, the more likely our messages will be heard and taken seriously,” said Burch.

Watch the invitation and play an important role in shaping dairy policy and pending regulations by attending these events in June. Members who register for Regulatory RoundUP will receive complimentary admission to Advocacy Days. Also, be sure to book a hotel room before the special IDFA discount ends on May 25.

For more information, contact Erin Dlugacz, manager of meetings and educational services, at
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