Produce professionals who can’t leave their operations to attend the 16th annual Food Safety Summit in Baltimore can virtually attend several of the events sessions for free by registering for remote attendance via the Internet.

A special smartphone app is also available for this year’s summit at The app will provide real-time updates before, during and after the event, as well as searchable lists of attendees and exhibitors. Maps of the trade show floor and Baltimore Convention Center can also be accessed with the app.

The Food Safety Summit is set for April 8-10, with special continuing education sessions scheduled April 7. The complete agenda and details on how to register for free remote attendance through your computer are available at

This year the show floor has booths for almost 200 companies, with 36 firms on board as first-time exhibitors, according to a news release.

Ed Lonergan, chief financial officer for Chiquita Brands International, is scheduled to share the keynote spot with Don Zietlow, Kwik Trip chief executive officer.

Positive response from attendees the past two years spurred organizers to include a town hall session again this year. Participants are scheduled to include Mike Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods at the Food and Drug Administration, Brian Ronholm, deputy undersecretary for food safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Joseph Corby, executive director of the Association of Food and Drug Officials.

Also on the agenda are the presentation of the 13th annual Food Quality Award and the NSF Food Safety Leadership Awards.