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Acting Head of FDA to Headline IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP

Apr 26, 2017
Stephen Ostroff, M.D., FDA acting commissioner, addressed attendees at Dairy Forum 2017

By issuing several executive orders to stall, re-examine, ease and eliminate federal regulations, the Trump Administration has already made major shifts in the regulatory climate within its first 100 days. Major regulatory changes are also up ahead for dairy companies regarding Food Safety Modernization Act implementation and the reopening of “natural” and “healthy” definitions. Stephen Ostroff, M.D., acting commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, is set to address these changes and challenges at IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP, June 12-13, in Washington, D.C.

Ostroff is expected to discuss what dairy companies should expect from the agency under the Trump Administration’s regulatory agenda in the coming months in his keynote speech, “FDA Update: New Leadership, New Ideas.”

Attendees at IDFA’s Dairy Forum 2017 heard from Ostroff in January, when he said, “We’ve been laser-focused on food safety and implementation” in the Food Safety Modernization Act. He covered status updates on additional rulemaking on laboratory accreditation, traceability, the Reportable Food Registry and food recalls, the National Conference of Interstate Milk Shipments and labeling regulations.

He also said he expects FDA to continue working on goals the agency has in common with industry as FDA develops additional implementation guidelines and rules, as well as other initiatives affecting dairy. His remarks this June promise to be timely and highly informative for all who attend.

About Stephen Ostroff

Stephen Ostroff, M.D., has served as acting commissioner since January. He is expected to return to the position of deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine if current nominee Scott Gottlieb, M.D., is confirmed. He also led FDA as acting commissioner for a time last spring. Before that, Ostroff was the agency’s chief scientist responsible for leading and coordinating FDA’s scientific and public health efforts. He joined FDA in 2013 as chief medical officer in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and senior public health advisor.


IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP will be held June 12-13 at the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. Registration is now open online. The two-day conference will provide information-packed, interactive sessions between dairy industry professionals and key government regulators.

IDFA welcomes attendance by all 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 foods manufacturing.

For more information contact Maria Velasco, IDFA meetings coordinator and registrar, at

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