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Dairy Facts 2016

Food and Worker Safety to Take Center Stage at Regulatory RoundUP

Jun 10, 2015

IDFA has added a new panel discussion on worker safety to round out the agenda for Regulatory RoundUP, which will take place next week in Washington, D.C. This annual event helps to keep dairy leaders up to speed on regulatory activities that are important to their companies and the industry.

Mark Dreux, partner at the law firm Arent Fox, will join Jim Lay, a senior process safety engineer with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), and Craig Haas, senior environmental scientist in the Waste and Chemical Enforcement Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to address the increased inspection and regulation of ammonia refrigeration systems by EPA and OSHA. The panelists will discuss the environmental and worker safety issues, the agencies’ enforcement activities and how companies can best prepare for an inspection.

Food Safety and Listeria Control

Given the importance of food safety and Listeria control for all dairy products, Regulatory RoundUP will feature two sessions on this topic. Gary Kushner, a partner with Hogan Lovells US LLP, will kick off the conference by providing insight into what the dairy industry can do to stay prepared and prevent future recalls. On June 17, John Sheehan, director, division of dairy, egg and meat safety from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will outline FDA’s current thinking with regard to Listeria control and provide additional dairy-specific regulatory updates.

“Regulatory RoundUP provides a place to engage face to face with the high-level federal officials who are in charge of regulating the dairy industry,” said Emily Lyons, director, regulatory affairs and counsel for IDFA. “Each session will focus on an issue of critical importance to dairy and offer opportunities for our members to exchange views with the presenters.”

This year’s conference includes panels with government officials and industry experts on many topics important to the industry.

  • Mike Taylor, deputy commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine at FDA, will discuss the agency’s plan for implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act;
  • Veronica Colas of Hogan Lovells US LLP will review recent developments in food litigation involving labeling and marketing of products ; and
  • Richard Lucas, deputy administrator, Office of Policy Support at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will explain dairy’s important role in nutrition policy.

To learn more, read the Regulatory RoundUP agenda.

IDFA members attending Regulatory RoundUP, June 16-17, are welcome to complimentary registration for Advocacy Days, June 17-18, also at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. The two events will offer three days of comprehensive policy and regulatory discussions with key federal officials and legislators.

Members with questions may contact Erin Dlugacz, IDFA manager of meetings and educational services, at  

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