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IDFA Recognizes Rep. Billy Long for Efforts on CURD Act

Mar 28, 2018
Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA President and CEO (left) with Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo.

IDFA hosted a luncheon fundraiser for Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., last week in Washington D.C., honoring the congressman’s years of service and recognizing his recent efforts to help preserve the term “natural cheese.” Long was a lead sponsor of the Codifying Useful Regulatory Definitions (CURD) Act (H.R.4828), which seeks to set a standard definition for ‘natural cheese’ within the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

“The term ‘natural cheese’ has been used by the U.S. cheese industry for decades and is well established and understood by the American consumer,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO. “Defining the term is good for the consumer and good for the industry. It maintains transparency and consistency for shoppers so that they will know what they are buying in the grocery store.”

In addition to Dykes, the IDFA team members at the luncheon were Tony Eberhard, vice president of legislative affairs; Colin Newman, manager of legislative affairs and political programs; and Donald Grady, manager of legislative affairs. Representatives from Sargento Foods Inc.; General Mills, Inc.; Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc.; and The National Confectioners Association also attended.

Long updated attendees on the CURD Act, which now has 13 co-sponsors. In addition, he discussed international trade topics, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS).

IDFA plans to host fundraisers for additional members of Congress throughout 2018. To learn more, contact Newman at

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