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Top Dairy Regulator to Discuss Food Safety at IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP

May 02, 2017
John Sheehan, director of the division of dairy, egg and meat safety at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, speaks at IDFA's Regulatory RoundUP in 2015.

Which decisions made at the upcoming National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments could mean changes to food safety regulation at Grade “A” plants?  What impact could the expanded drug residue testing pilot program have on your dairy plant?  What do the results from recent sampling assignments mean for ice cream and cheese plants?

Attend IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP, June 12-13, in Washington, D.C. to learn the answers to these and other dairy food safety enforcement questions directly from the head of the Food and Drug Administration's dairy safety division. John Sheehan, director of the division of dairy, egg and meat safety at FDA, will outline his teams’ priorities, discuss findings from recent sampling assignments and preview upcoming policy changes specific to dairy.

“From a dairy food safety perspective, John Sheehan is arguably the most important regulator at FDA. He is well versed in the science involved in food safety, has the responsibility of developing dairy food safety policies and coordinates compliance programs for the inspectors who visit your plants,” said Emily Lyons, IDFA director regulatory affairs and counsel. “During his session at Regulatory RoundUP, he will not only be sharing insights with us, but is interested in hearing directly from you about your concerns and comments as a dairy plant professional. His session promises a perfect opportunity for companies to weigh in on dairy regulations and sampling assignments.”

Regulatory RoundUP

IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP conference is designed specifically to address the most pressing regulatory issues facing IDFA member companies and provide information and guidance on preparing for regulatory changes. It gives industry professionals the ability to speak directly with those who create and enforce dairy regulations.

IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP will be held June 12-13 at the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. The two-day conference will provide information-packed, interactive sessions between dairy industry professionals and key government regulators. The full list of sessions can be found here.

Registration is open.

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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