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WASHINGTON -- The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) said yesterday that it's joining the National Restaurant Association/National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to launch a one-of-a-kind, multi-faceted food safety education and food policy event later this year in Washington, D.C.
"We are pleased that this new event will bring together all of our industry partners in support of a shared commitment to food safety," said FMI president and c.e.o. Tim Hammonds in a statement. "Together we are designing a premiere event that will set the standard for industry collaboration and provide ideas and action steps for addressing key food safety challenges."
Steven C. Anderson, National Restaurant Association president and c.e.o., added, "Food safety is non-negotiable and a critically important part of restaurant and foodservice operations. We look forward to working with FMI to create a dynamic, top-quality event."
The Food Safety Conference, to be held Oct. 11-13, will be a hands-on forum, the groups said. It will focus on key perishable commodities -- poultry, meat, seafood, produce, deli, dairy, bakery, and prepared foods -- and will connect manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers, regulators, and food industry organizations with their retail and foodservice business partners.
The conference organizers said they aim to offer a broad overview of essential food safety issues, address real-world implementation, provide relevant case studies, and emphasize the integration of safety, quality, and security. A conference schedule will be announced in March.