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Frye to retire from IDFA in June 2020 after 35-year career in dairy

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2020—The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today recognized and celebrated the career of Cary Frye, IDFA’s Senior Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, at the annual Dairy Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona. Before a ballroom of 1,200 attendees and viewers via livestream from around the world, IDFA acknowledged Ms. Frye’s outstanding contributions to the dairy industry throughout a career that has spanned more than 35 years. 

Ms. Frye leads IDFA’s regulatory team covering the areas of food safety, food defense, federal standards of identity, labeling, international Codex Alimentarius standards, nutrition policy, and environmental and worker safety. With extensive experience in dairy product processing and quality assurance, she has served IDFA member companies for 20 years, representing companies on food labeling and standards of identity, ingredient technologies, nutrition and health issues, and product safety.

Ms. Frye is an active participant of the International Dairy Federation (IDF), chaired the U.S. affiliate to IDF and is a member of the IDF Standing Committee on Standards of Identity and Labeling. She has been active in international standard-setting, advising U.S. delegations on Codex standards and has served as the head delegate for IDF at the Codex Committee on Food Labeling. She has also served on the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments’ Executive Board and Liaison Committee.

Her work has been published in professional journals and textbooks and she is a lead voice in the media on dairy and nutrition regulatory issues.

Ms. Frye is a co-founding member of IDFA's Women in Dairy Network, which brings established leaders together with young professionals to create a forum that fosters mentoring, supports development, builds networking opportunities, and encourages leadership.

“Cary’s personal fortitude, integrity and knowledge of dairy labeling and regulation are simply unapproachable in our industry,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA. “When questions arise on complex matters, there is a saying in the dairy industry: Call Cary. Call Cary because she will get you a detailed answer to your question or challenge. Call Cary because you trust and value her judgement. Call Cary because she is a great person and wonderful to work with. Cary Frye has made huge contributions to the success of U.S. dairy and today we celebrate her legacy. Thank you, Cary.” 

Ms. Frye will retire from IDFA at the end of June 2020. 

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