[Federal Register: June 11, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 112)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. 03-021N]

 
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 23-24, 2003, to review and 
discuss the following issues: Impact of Bio-security Issues on 
Industry; Delivery of Training; and State Review Methods. Three 
subcommittees of the full committee will also meet on June 23, 2003, to 
work on the issues discussed during the full Committee session.

DATES: The full Committee will hold a public meeting on Monday, June 23 
and Tuesday, June 24, 2003, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Subcommittees will 
hold open meetings on Monday, June 23, 2003, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

ADDRESSES: All Committee meetings will take place at the Hilton 
Alexandria Old Town, 1767 King Street, Alexandria, VA; telephone (703) 
837-0440. The full Committee will meet on June 23-24, 2003. A meeting 
agenda is available on the Internet at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/nacmpi
, which is a sub-web page of the FSIS home page at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.fsis.usda.gov Submit one original and two copies of written 
comments to the FSIS Docket Room, reference docket 03-021N, 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: Robert Tynan for technical information 
at (202) 720-2982 or e-mail robert.tynan@fsis.usda.gov and Sonya L. 
West for meeting information at (202) 720-2561, FAX (202) 205-0157, or 
e-mail sonya.west@fsis.usda.gov. Persons requiring a sign language 
interpreter or other special accommodations should notify Ms. West no 
later than June 13, 2003, at the above numbers or by e-mail. 
Information is also available on the Internet at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/nacmpi
.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On April 15, 2003, 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 301 (a)(4), 7(c), 
24, 205, 301(a)(3), and 301(c) of the Federal Meat Inspection Act and 
sections 5(a)(3), 5(a)(4), 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: Ms. 
Deanna Baldwin, Maryland Department of Agriculture; Dr. Gladys Bayse, 
Spelman College; Dr. David Carpenter, Southern Illinois University; Ms. 
Charlotte Christin, Center for Science in the Public Interest; Dr. 
James Denton, University of Arkansas; Dr. Kevin Elfering, Minnesota 
Department of Agriculture; Ms. Sandra Eskin, American Association of 
Retired Persons; Mr. Michael Govro, Oregon Department of Agriculture; 
Dr. Joseph

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Harris, Southwest Meat Association; Dr. Jill Hollingsworth, Food 
Health; Dr. Alice Johnson, National Turkey Federation; Mr. Michael 
Kowalcyk, Safe Tables Our Priority; Dr. Irene Leech, Virginia Citizens 
Consumer Council; Mr. Charles Link, Cargill Meat Solutions; Dr. 
Catherine Logue, North Dakota State University; and Mr. Mark Schad, 
Schad Meats.
    The Committee has three subcommittees to deliberate on specific 
issues and make recommendations to the whole Committee.
    All interested parties are welcome to attend the meetings and to 
submit written comments and suggestions concerning issues the Committee 
will review and discuss.
    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 make copies of this Federal Register 
publication available through the FSIS Constituent Update. FSIS 
provides a weekly Constituent Update, which is communicated via 
Listserv, a free e-mail Subscription service. In addition, 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 Listserv 
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 the Listserv 
and Web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader, 
more diverse audience.
    For more information contact the Congressional and Public Affairs 
Office, at (202) 720-9113. To be added to the free e-mail subscription 
service (Listserv) go to the ``Constituent Update'' page on the 
Internet at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oa/update/update.htm.
    Click on the ``Subscribe to the Constituent Update Listserv'' link, 
then fill out and submit the form.

    Done in Washington, DC, on: June 6, 2003.
Garry L. McKee,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 03-14724 Filed 6-10-03; 8:45 am]