Washington, D.C. - Following the signing this week by President Barack Obama of the most sweeping food-safety legislation in nearly a century, the International Dairy Foods Association announced that it will offer a webinar entitled "Understanding the New Food-Safety Law" on January 13. The webinar, sponsored by IDFA Business Partners Alchemy Systems and Silliker, Inc,, is open to all dairy industry participants. It will be led by Joseph A. Levitt, a partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP and the former director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Levitt will discuss what dairy companies need to know to get ready for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, including the new responsibilities for food companies, new import controls, new enforcement powers for FDA and new fees on U.S. industry and importers. Registration is free for IDFA members and $295 for non-members. The webinar will be held Thursday, January 13, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern time.

On January 18, IDFA will offer a second webinar entitled "A Plant Manager's Perspective: Managing Costs and Processes in Dairy Operations," sponsored by IDFA Business Partner Invensys Operations Management. This webinar will be presented by Rudy Westervelt, 30-year executive with The Kroger Co. who has 10 years of experience managing dairy operations, and Pat McGuff, executive vice president of Masterleo & Associates, a 30-plus-year compliance and quality-assurance partner for food and dairy processors.

The plant managers' webinar will be held Tuesday, January 18, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern time. This webinar is open to all participants in the dairy industry and requires no registration fee.

More details and registration are available at www.idfa.org under Events and Trade Show.

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 550 companies representing a $110-billion a year industry. IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA's 220 dairy processing members run more than 600 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States.