[Federal Register: May 29, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 103)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. 01-014N]

 
National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection 
(NACMPI) will hold a public meeting on June 5-6, 2001, to review and 
discuss three issues: (1) Emerging egg and egg products strategy, (2) 
Industry's petition of proposed changes to the HACCP final rule--Agency 
current thinking, and (3) Federal, State, and Local government working 
relationships on food safety issues--new directions. The three

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subcommittees of the full Committee will also meet on June 5, 2001, to 
work on issues discussed during the full Committee session. All 
interested parties are welcome to attend the meeting and to submit 
written comments and suggestions concerning issues the Committee will 
review and discuss.

DATES: The full Committee will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, June 
5, and Wednesday, June 6, 2001 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Subcommittees will hold open meetings on Tuesday, June 5, 2001, from 7 
p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Note: FSIS was not able to publish notification of this public 
meeting in the Federal Register at least 15 days prior to the 
meeting, as required by Departmental Regulation 1041-001, due to 
late changes to the agenda.


ADDRESSES: All Committee meetings will take place at the Holiday Inn 
Capitol at the Smithsonian Hotel, 550 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 
20024; telephone (202) 554-2780. The full committee will meet in main 
ballroom Columbia I & II on June 5-6, 2001. The subcommittees will meet 
in the Saturn, Venus and Jupiter Rooms. A meeting agenda is available 
on the FSIS Web Site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/nacmpi which is 
a sub-web page of the FSIS Homepage at http://www.fsis.usda.gov. Submit 
one original and two copies of written comments to FSIS Docket Room, 
Docket #01-014N, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and 
Inspection Service, Room 102 Cotton Annex, 300 12th Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20250-3700. Comments may also be sent by facsimile (202) 
205-0381. The comments and the official transcript of the meeting, when 
they become available, will be kept in the FSIS Docket Room at the 
address provided above. All comments received in response to this 
notice will be considered part of the public record and will be 
available for reviewing in the FSIS Docket Room between 8:30 a.m. and 
4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles L. Gioglio for technical 
information at (202) 205-0256 and for meeting information contact Sonya 
L. West at (202) 720-2561, FAX (202) 205-0157, or E-mail 
sonya.west@usda.gov. Persons requiring a sign language interpreter or 
other special accommodations should notify Ms. West by May 29, 2001, at 
the above numbers or by e-mail. Information is also available on FSIS 
Web Site at 
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/nacmpi.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On January 19, 2001, the Secretary of Agriculture renewed the 
charter for the NACMPI. The Committee provides advice and 
recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture pertaining to the 
Federal and State meat and poultry inspection programs pursuant to 
sections 7(c), 24, 205, 301(a)(3), and 301(c) of the Federal Meat 
Inspection Act and sections 5(a)(3), 5(c), 8(b), and 11(e) of the 
Poultry Products Inspection Act. The Administrator of FSIS is the 
chairperson of the Committee. Membership of the Committee is drawn from 
representatives of consumer groups; producers, processors, and 
marketers from the meat and poultry industry; State government 
officials; and academia. The current members of the NACMPI are: Dr. 
Gladys Bayse, Spelman College; Nancy Donley, Safe Tables Our Priority; 
Sandra Eskin, American Association of Retired Persons; Carol Tucker 
Foreman, Food Policy Institute, Consumer Federation of America; Michael 
Govro, Oregon Department of Agriculture; Martin Holmes, North American 
Meat Processors; Dr. Lee C. Jan, Texas Department of Health; Alice 
Johnson, National Turkey Federation; Collette Schultz Kaster, Premium 
Standard Farms; Dr. Daniel E. LaFontaine, South Carolina Meat Poultry 
Inspection Department; Dr. Irene Leech, Virginia Tech; Charles Link, 
Rocco Inc.; Dr. Catherine Logue, North Dakota State University; Michael 
Mamminga, Iowa Department of Agriculture; Dr. Dale Morse, New York 
Office of Public Health; Dr. Elsa Murano, Texas A&M University; and 
John Neal, Courseys Smoked Meats.
    The Committee has three standing subcommittees to deliberate on 
specific issues and make recommendations to the whole Committee. The 
Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture.
    Members of the public will be required to register before entering 
the meeting.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy 
development is important. Consequently, in an effort to better ensure 
that minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are aware of this 
notice, FSIS will announce it and provide copies of this Federal 
Register publication in the FSIS Constituent Update. FSIS provides a 
weekly FSIS Constituent Update, which is communicated via fax to over 
300 organizations and individuals. In addition, the update is available 
on-line through the FSIS web page located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov. 
The update is used to provide information regarding FSIS policies, 
procedures, regulations, Federal Register notices, FSIS public 
meetings, recalls, and any other types of information that could affect 
or would be of interest to our constituents/stakeholders. The 
constituent fax list consists of industry, trade, and farm groups, 
consumer interest groups, allied health professionals, scientific 
professionals, and other individuals that have requested to be 
included. Through these various channels, FSIS is able to provide 
information to a much broader, more diverse audience.
    For more information and to be added to the constituent fax list, 
fax your request to the Congressional and Public Affairs Office, at 
(202) 720-5704.

    Done at Washington, DC on: May 23, 2001.
Thomas J. Billy,
Administrator.
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