2010 Food Safety Summit Offers Over 30 Unique and Highly Focused Education Sessions

Keynote Speakers Announced: Visit the New www.foodsafetysummit.com Website for Details

DEERFIELD, IL--(Marketwire - January 20, 2010) - The Food Safety Summit's Executive Educational Advisory Council (EEAC) is pleased to announce the four key industry themes that will be addressed during the three day event taking place Monday, April 12 through Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at the Washington, DC Convention Center. Over 30 seminars will be broken down to cover the following topics:

--  Regulatory Environment:  The New Administration and Current
--  Global Perspectives:  Strategic Focus and Harmonization
--  Retail / Food Service:  Challenges in Increased Regulation and
    Execution of Best Practices
--  Emerging Issues:  Identifying Challenges and Opportunities for

"The goal of the 12th Annual Food Safety Summit is to educate and prepare the thousands of food industry professionals attending on new regulations, best practices and new technologies," said Emily Patten, Director of Tradeshows and Conferences, BNP Media, producers of the event. "The Summit will provide an opportunity for the industry to challenge conventional thinking through a series of highly interactive workshops, educational sessions and keynote presentations."

Speakers at this year's conference program will represent the government, universities, foodservice companies and food manufacturers. Leaders from the FAO, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Consumer Federation of America, the FDA, US Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control will speak. In addition, food safety professionals from Del Monte Foods, Costco, Cargill, Nestle, Purina PetCare, Kellogg's, Kraft Foods, and Chick-Fil-A, Inc. will present in the conference sessions.

The Summit will feature two keynote speakers who will provide insight and expertise that will prove to be extremely valuable to the Summit's attendees. On Tuesday, April 13 the conference will kick off with a presentation by Mike Robach, Vice President, Corporate Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Cargill, Inc. He will present, "Global Food Safety Systems." Mr. Robach will discuss the strategic importance of global systems and the need for harmonization of food safety standards. He will also look at the global challenges surrounding the changing regulatory landscape and the consequences to trade and food security.

On Wednesday, April 14, Michael R. Taylor, JD, U.S. FDA, will discuss, "Food Safety and the FDA." Mr. Taylor will discuss current activities to strengthen the Foods Program at the FDA and provide information about the significance and importance of these activities to various sectors of the food chain.

On Monday, April 12th, there will be four half day workshops from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Topics that will be covered include HAACP: A Fresh Look; The Three Pillars of a Successful Food Liability Program: Prevention, Response and Resolution; ISO22000 and PAS220: A Winning Combination; and Quantifying and Communicating the Business Risks of Food Safety, Food Fraud and Food Defense.

"Our Executive Educational Advisory Committee has done a terrific job in finding the most relevant industry leaders and government officials to be a part of the Food Safety Summit," added Patten. "We are expecting over a thousand food manufacturing, retail, foodservice, academic, military and government professionals to attend the conference sessions and view the latest products and services on the Expo floor."

In addition to the extensive educational program, the exhibition hall will feature over 200 exhibitors, Vendor Round Table Panel Discussions that are moderated by Food Quality, Food Safety and Quality Assurance magazines, poster sessions, and the opportunity to further learn in the vendor track theatre. Exhibitors include 3M Microbiology, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Ecolab, Inc., Ingersoll-Rand Company LTD, Siemens Building Technology, Silliker, Inc., Weber Scientific and others.

The 12th Annual Food Safety Summit is owned and operated by BNP Media, the world's largest media producer for the food, beverage and packaging industries. For more information on attending or exhibiting, visit www.foodsafetysummit.com or call 847-405-4000.

Contact Information: For Further Information, Contact Amy Riemer Media Relations Contact 978-475-4441