Food Safety Issues and Solutions Take Center-Stage at the 12th Annual Food Safety Summit in Washington

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - April 6, 2010) -  Food safety, food security and quality assurance issues will be the main topic of conversation as 1,200 food processing, retail, foodservice, academic, military and government professionals make plans to attend the 12th Annual Food Safety Summit at the Washington DC Convention Center on April 12 to 14, 2010. 


  • Feature Keynote Presenters:
    • Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 9:45 am: Michael Robach, Vice President, Corporate Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Cargill, Inc., Global Food Safety Systems will discuss the strategic importance of global systems and the need for harmonization of food safety standards. He'll look at the global challenges surrounding the changing regulatory landscape and the consequences to trade and food security.
    • Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 9:45 am: Mike Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 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.
  • Awards Programs: On Tuesday evening The 2010 Food Quality Awards Presentation and Reception will be sponsored by DuPont Qualicon and will be presented by Food Quality Magazine. During the Wednesday Keynote -- NSF will present the 2010 Food Safety Leadership Awards.
  • Show Floor Highlights: In addition to the extensive educational program, the exhibition hall will feature over 175 exhibitors, and the opportunity to listen, learn and engage in the Vendor Track Theatre and Vendor Round Table Panel Discussions. Exhibitors include 3M Microbiology, DuPont, Aramark, Abbott Nutrition, BD Diagnostics, Covance Laboratories, Silliker Inc., Afilias, Siemens Industry, Weber Scientific and others.
DATES/HOURS: Monday, April 12
    Pre-Conference Workshops: 1:00pm-5:00pm
    Opening Night Reception: 5:30 - 7 pm
  Tuesday, April 13
    Education Sessions: 8:00 am - 5:45 pm 
    Expo Hall: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Food Quality Award Presentation and Reception: 5:45 - 7:00 pm 
  Wednesday, April 14 
    Educational Sessions: 8:00 am - 5:15 pm 
    NSF Awards Presentation: 9:45 am 
    Exhibit Hall: 10:30 am - 2:00 pm 

LOCATION: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington

The 12th Annual Food Safety Summit is the nation's largest and most important Conference & Expo on food safety, quality assurance, and food security. This three-day event provides food manufacturers, retailers, restaurant and foodservice professionals as well as non-profits, members of the military, government and academia to come together to discuss the practical and technical regulatory and scientific issues and view the very latest updates on new technologies. The event is produced and managed by BNP Media. For more information call 1-847-405-4000 or visit

Contact Information:

Amy Riemer, Media Relations Contact
978-475-4441 (office) 978-502-4895 (cell)
Press Room - Room 203A at the Washington DC Convention Center