WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - FDA and State Interactions: Addressing Changes and Challenges for Food Supply Safety will be discussed during the final keynote presentation at the 10th Annual Food Safety & Security Summit taking place at the Washington, DC Convention Center. Panelists will include Kari Barrett, Senior Advisor, Food Protection, FDA/CFSAN; Capt. David Elder, Director of The Office of Enforcement within the Office of Regulatory Affairs, FDA; and Steve Steingart, CFSP, Industry Liaison/Assistant Chief, Alleghany County Health Department and President, Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO).

Other key sessions on Wednesday include Food Allergen Monitoring & Risk Control; Trends and Interventions for Food Safety and Quality; Perishable Food Handling and Merchandising; Detecting New and Emerging Pathogens; Farm to Fork Traceability & Assurance; Crisis Management & Recall Strategies, 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 an opportunity 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