Government Agency Visits

Tuesday, July 28 | 7:30-11:30 a.m.

During the Government Agency Visits, you will have the opportunity to share your opinions with decision-makers on issues affecting your business and our industry. In this program, members will divide into groups and meet with federal government representatives at various agencies. This is an invaluable opportunity for these agencies to learn about our industry and association. The morning will begin with breakfast and an orientation meeting at 7:30 a.m. 2015 Agency Meetings are outlined below.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

The group will discuss changes to import/export policies and more.

Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA)

Discussion points include Process Safety Management; Executive Order on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security; and the National Emphasis Program.

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) 

The group will discuss a partnership to tackle the challenges involved with making nutritious foods available and accessible in the developing world. The meeting will specifically target Nigeria, and will bring the private sector expertise of GCCA members into a brainstorming session on the challenges of attracting investment in the country.

Industry Discussion on the Sanitary Transportation of Food

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Location: Culpeper

The Refrigerated Transportation Best Practices Task Force is finalizing a Best Practices Guide to temperature-controlled transportation. The guide is in direct response to the FSMA Sanitary Transportation of Food Rule. Join GCCA staff, members, and leaders from other industry association partners to discuss the pending rules and the guide. Authors from the guide will share insights on the guide’s sections such as pre-cooling requirements, load acceptance procedures, refrigerated trailer sanitary inspections, and more.

U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings, Better Plants Program

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Offsite

Leading manufacturers and industrial-scale energy-using organizations demonstrate their commitment to improving energy performance by signing a voluntary pledge to reduce their energy intensity by 25% over a ten year period. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Program is an important partnership which consists of approximately 150 industrial companies, representing about 2,300 facilities and close to 11% of the total U.S. manufacturing energy footprint as well as several water and wastewater treatment organizations. Attendees will get to meet with DOE and learn more about this landmark program.