Industry News

Food Northwest Announces New Lobbyist

DCFood Northwest is very excited to announce that we have retained the services of Diana Carlen, V.P. and Partner at Gordon Thomas Honeywell Government Affairs. Diana will begin immediately. She takes over from long time Food Northwest lobbyist Dan Coyne who retired in June.

Diana has extensive legislative experience in Washington, both as a lobbyist and as the staff attorney for House Republican Caucus. She is well respected by both Democrats and Republicans in Olympia and has a track record of working well with both parties.

Diana's portfolio of clients includes a number of Public Utility Districts as well as the Washington Potato Commission and the Washington Wheat Commission.


Food Northwest President Dave Dillon Featured in Capital Press

DDBeginning August 1st, Food Northwest welcomed new president Dave Dillon to our team. Shortly after Dave began his new role with Food Northwest he was featured in the Capital Press. In the article Dave reflects on his 20 years at the Oregon Farm Bureau and his future leading Food Northwest. Read More…

White House to Host Conference in September on Food

In September 2022, date TBD, the White House will host a Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. Richard Nixon held the first White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health in 1969, which was a decisive event has shaped food policy over the past 50 years. The goal of this year’s Conference is to drive change to end hunger, improve nutrition and physical activity, reduce diet-related disease; improve food access and affordability; and to launch a national plan to achieve the goal. Six regional listening sessions to gather input from stakeholders were held in June 2022. A report on the sessions will be submitted to the White House. Read more…

FDA to Conduct Comprehensive Evaluation of Human Foods Program

On July 19, 2022, FDA Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Robert Califf, MD, ordered an evaluation of FDA’s Human Foods Program, which will include an assessment of processes and procedures, resources, and organizational structure. FDA has engaged the Reagan-Udall Foundation, working with external experts, to conduct the assessment. A report of their findings and recommended changes will be submitted to FDA within 60 days of initiation. For more information visit the official FDA website and an article from Politico.


Federal Bill would Remove Food Programs from FDA

On July 13, 2022, Senator Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Food Safety Administration Act which would remove existing food programs from the FDA and establish a single food safety agency, the Food Safety Administration, under the Department of Health and Human Services. Other provisions of the Act include: The FDA will become the Federal Drug Administration; the Administrator of Food Safety must have food safety expertise; requires establishment of a food facilities inspection program; and sets the frequency of facility inspections. For more information and a copy of the bill…
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