June 8: Putting the "F" Back in FDA
All of us- consumers and the food industry, depend on the US Food and Drug Administration to perform its regulatory role effectively, efficiently, and transparently. Today, "effective", "efficient", and "transparent" are seldom used to describe the FDA, which is the government agency with primary responsibility for produce safety in the US. Given the global nature of the fresh produce supply chain, FDA's impact reaches well outside the bounds of the United States. Although industry bears the ultimate responsibility for producing safe food, the timely development of science and risk-based policies, combined with fair enforcement, is a critical role for regulators. In this session, hear from representatives of diverse stakeholder groups that have found common ground when it comes to advocating for changes in the organization, governance, and performance of FDA's foods program. Learn about the partnerships IFPA has forged with other food and beverage trade associations, consumer groups, and those representing regulators, all seeking to support public health.
June 15: It’s Tough All Over: Washington’s Focus on Supply Chain Disruptions
Massive disruptions to the supply chain in the wake of the pandemic coupled with production and logistical instability impact the economy globally. From infant formula to raw materials to ocean shipping, no issue is getting more attention from Congress right now than what the U.S. government can do to relieve pressure on the system. In the meantime, the marketplace lurches forward with its own response. During this Virtual Town Hall, we’ll take a deeper dive into how these disruptions impact IFPA members and what more is expected from the Federal government.