Omnibus bill addressed milk labeling concerns

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The massive congressional spending bill signed into law last week  expresses Congress’ concern that many plant-based foods and beverages are not properly labeled. It builds on language from the DAIRY PRIDE Act (DPA), a bipartisan bill introduced last year in both chambers of Congress, to compel the Food and Drug Administration to act against misbranded imitations.Given the existing definition of milk as a product of a dairy animal, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said that Congress’ instructions to FDA in the omnibus bill should restrict the ability of beverages made from plant foods from using the term “milk” on their labels. This will also affect products misusing other dairy food names such as “cheese” and “yogurt” that are defined in the Code of Federal Regulations and cited in the congressional bill.Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF, expressed appreciation for the support of congressional members in both parties to ensure the spending bill included these and other priority issues of importance to dairy producers.“It’s shaping up to be a difficult year economically for many dairy farmers, and the passage of these provisions is a bright spot for our members,” Mulhern said.  “We will continue to work with the House and Senate on other priorities, such as additional improvements to the dairy safety net, and changes to our immigration policies that address the labor needs of our farmers.”last_img read more

Inclusion of Young Children with Disabilities in Private Preschools

first_imgIn the final webinar of their 2019 series on autism, the Family Development Early Intervention (FDEI) team will discuss the inclusion of young children with autism in a variety of settings.  Recently the team sat down with several experts in the field of early childhood special education who each share a passion for inclusion.  In the weeks leading up to the final webinar on Dec. 4, 2019, these conversations will be shared here.This week, hear from Courtney O’Grady, Ed.M. about her experience related to the inclusion of children with disabilities in private preschool settings.  Courtney serves as an assistant to the Family Development Early Intervention team.  She has over ten years of experience teaching preschool. As an adjunct instructor at Parkland Community College, the University of Illinois, and the University of St. Francis, she has taught courses in child development and early childhood special education. Her research interests include equity, challenging behavior, and social-emotional competencies. Courtney is passionate about supporting early educators in creating high-quality early childhood experiences for all children and families.A printable PDF transcript of this interview is available Resources Mentioned in the Interview include:Head Start Center for InclusionThe Pyramid Model Consortium – Resources for Teachers and FamiliesProgram for Inclusive Education at the University of Notre Damelast_img read more