WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - Protecting Our Food Supply Chain in an Age of Terrorism will be just one of the many sessions held on Tuesday, March 18 at the Washington, DC Convention Center during the 10th Annual Food Safety & Security Summit. The speakers will discuss vulnerabilities and threats and evaluate technical and policy options. Speakers in the sessions include Dave Franz, Director, National Agricultural Biosecurity Center and VP & Chief Biological Scientist, Midwest Research Institute; James Stack, Biosecurity Research Institute, Kansas State University; and Tom McGinn, DVM, Director, Veterinary and Agricultural Security, Department of Homeland Security.

Richard Rivera, Chairman of the Board of the National Restaurant Association, will be speaking at 2:30 pm. Mr. Rivera will share information about the high level of activity and engagement that the association attests to its ongoing commitment to food safety. Other key sessions on Tuesday include Fresh Produce for Foodservice and Retail; How Food Processors and Packaging Promote Food Safety; Better Practices in Allergy Management and Training; Improving Food Safety and Consumer Confidence Through Enhanced Supplier Best Practices; Paving the Way for Food Safety in Foodservice and Retail Operations, and many others.

The issue of safety and security of the global food chain will be the main topic of conversation as 1,500 food processing, retail, foodservice, academic, military and government professionals attend the event. The Show floor will be open from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm and will feature 200 exhibiting companies; a new Educational Poster Area, two Vendor Track Theaters and the New Product Showcase.

The 10th Annual Food Safety & Security Summit provides food manufacturers, retailers, restaurant and foodservice professionals as well as non-profits, members of the military, government and academia a three-day event 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 www.foodsafetysummit.com.

Contact Information: Contact: Amy Riemer Media Relations Contact 202-249-4150 (on-site press room) 978-502-4895 (cell phone) Press Room will be located in Room #153