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Cary Frye to Retire From IDFA

Veteran association exec was a voice for safety and labeling
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Cary Frye, the senior vice president of regulatory affairs for the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), will retire in June 2020 after serving the industry for 35 years.

“Cary’s personal fortitude, integrity and knowledge of dairy labeling and regulation are simply unapproached in our industry,” said Michael Dykes, 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 is a wonderful person and wonderful to work with. Call Cary because she will get you a detailed answer to your question or challenge. Call Cary because you trust and value her judgement. Cary Frye has made huge contributions to the success of U.S. dairy and today we celebrate her legacy. Thank you, Cary.”

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.

Cary Frye

Cary Frye

She 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. Frye also 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.


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