2009 Food Safety Summit set for April in Washington

2009 Food Safety Summit Educational Program Brings Together Industry Leaders to Address Growing Global Concerns

Posted 18 December 2008 @ 03:02 pm EST


IL — (Marketwire) — 12/18/08 — In April, the “heroes” who protect
the nation’s and the world’s food supply will meet in Washington, DC for
the 11th Annual Food Safety Summit. Industry experts will lead
discussions,explore concerns, and identify solutions that are specific
to food safety professionals starting with how and where food products
are grown,processed, transported, stored, sold, audited and tested. The
event will take place April 27 – 29, 2009 at the Washington DC
Convention Center.

“Today consumers are witnessing the globalization of the entire food
chain, bringing new challenges as well as renewed efforts to improve
food safety and food defense in North America and around the world,”
said Scott Wolters, CEM, Director of Trade shows and Conferences, BNP
Media, producers of the event. “At the Summit growers, manufacturers,
food service operators, retailers, distributors, regulators and
non-government agencies will gather to share science-based information
regarding food safety, quality assurance and crisis planning.”

Speakers at the conference will represent the Grocery
Manufacturers Association, Food Marketing Institute, National Restaurant
Association,Institute of Food Technologists and the Association of Food
and Drug Officials. Also executives from Wal-Mart, Kraft, Costco, Tyson
Foods, McCormick & Company, Cargill, YUM! Brands, U.S. Foodservice
and Earthbound Farms will present.

The Summit will feature several keynote speakers. On Tuesday, April 28,
the conference will kick off with a presentation by Dr. David Theno,
Senior Vice President, Chief Product Safety Officer (retired), Jack in
the Box, who will discuss, “Food Safety is no Accident: It Takes
Leadership.”On Wednesday, April 29, Dr. David Nabarro, Assistant
Secretary General & Deputy Coordinator for the High Level Task Force
on Global Food Security Crisis, The United Nations will present, “A
Collaborative Approach to Global Food Security.”

“We are thrilled to have Drs. Theno and Nabarro as part of
Summit’s educational program and to provide our attendees with insight
into practices that are now in place domestically and internationally
thanks to their work,” added Wolters. “In the coming months, our
executive educational advisory committee will continue to add the most
relevant industry leaders and government officials to the program.”

The 11th Annual Food Safety Summit is owned, produced and managed by
BNPMedia www.bnpmedia.com. For information call 847-405-4000 or