By William “Bernie” Bernhard, AEM Technical & Safety Services Manager
AEM dairy sector members asked, and we delivered!
AEM’s dairy members recognized the challenge of communicating with the many organizations in the food and dairy industry that develop standards and regulations to ensure the quality and safety of getting dairy products to consumers.
That’s why AEM reactivated our Dairy Equipment Engineering Committee (DEEC) in August of last year and met in our Milwaukee office to share common technical issues facing dairy equipment manufacturers today. The DEEC team recommitted itself to building a better channel for dairy equipment manufacturers to have a voice within the dairy industry’s standards and regulations circle.
There are many organizations responsible for delivering quality food products to homes in America and around the world: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), American Dairy Products Institute and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), to name a few.
AEM Senior Director, Government and Industry Relations Nick Tindall took on the yeoman’s challenge of contacting these organizations from our Washington D.C. office, and he has made many valuable connections. Building this network is an ongoing goal of DEEC that will pay future communication dividends.
At the same time, the DEEC committee knew its voice would need to be heard at the biennial National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS). The NCIMS is one avenue where food and dairy organizations meet to discuss dairy topics and issues, as well as provide an opportunity to amend the standards and regulations that impact dairy equipment manufacturers and farmers alike.
The NCIMS process involves committees that accept and review proposed amendments to current Pasteurized Milk Ordinance standards and regulations. That pushed the DEEC committee to identify key dairy manufacturing issues and develop four amendment proposals as consensus documents, and they were presented at the NCIMS conference in May of 2017.
We will continue to build our relationships and work together to make the unified voice of our dairy sector members heard.
For more information on AEM’s Dairy Equipment Engineering Committee, please contact William “Bernie” Bernhard, AEM technical and safety services manager (email@example.com, tel: 414-298-4106).