[Federal Register: October 20, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 202)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. 03-035N]

 
National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection; 
Nomination for Membership

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting nominations 
for membership on the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry 
Inspection (NACMPI). This notice will be used to fill one vacancy on 
the Committee. The full Committee consists of 16-18 members, and each 
person selected is expected to serve a 2-year term. The term for the 
individual selected to fill this vacancy will expire with the current 
Committee in March 2005.

DATES: The names of the nominees and their typed curricula vitae or 
resumes must be postmarked no later than November 19, 2003. 
Applications are available on-line at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/NACMPI/Nominations.htm
.

ADDRESSES: Nominating materials should be submitted to Dr. Garry L. 
McKee, Administrator, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA, Room 
615 Cotton Annex Building, 300 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20250-
3700.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Sonya L. West, Meat and Poultry 
Advisory Committee Staff; telephone (202) 720-2561; Fax (202) 205-0157; e-mail: sonya.west@fsis.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: USDA is seeking nominees for membership on 
the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection. The 
Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary on the 
meat and poultry inspection programs, pursuant to sections 7(c), 24, 
205, 301(a)(3), 301(a)(4), and 301(c) of the Federal Meat Inspection 
Act (21 U.S.C. 607(c), 624, 645, 661(a)(3), 661(a)(4)), and 661(c) and 
the sections 5(a)(3), 5(a)(4), 5(c), 8(b), and 11(e) of the Poultry 
Products Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 454(a)(3), 454(a)(4), 454(c), 
457(b), and 460(e)). Nominations for membership are generally sought 
from persons representing producers; processors; exporters and 
importers of meat and poultry products; academia; Federal and State 
government officials; and consumers. Due to the resignation of a member 
appointed in March 2003, we are currently seeking a consumer 
representative at this time in order to maintain the balance of 
representation in all areas of interest on the Committee. This 
appointee will serve out the remainder of this term which ends in March 
2005.
    Appointments to the Committee will be made by the Secretary. To 
ensure that recommendations of the Committee take into account the 
needs of the diverse groups served by the Department, membership should 
include, to the extent practicable, persons with demonstrated ability 
to represent minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. It is 
anticipated that the Committee will meet at least twice annually.

Background

    On April 15, 2003, the Secretary of Agriculture renewed the charter 
for the NACMPI. The Administrator of FSIS is the Chairperson of the 
Committee. 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; 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 Harris, 
Southwest Meat Association; Dr. Jill Hollingsworth, Food Marketing 
Institute; Dr. Alice Johnson, National Turkey Federation; Mr. Michael 
Kowalcyk, Safe Tables Our Priority; Dr. Irene Leech, Virginia Citizens 
Consumer Council; Mr. Charles Link, Cargill Meats; Dr. Catherine Logue, 
North Dakota State University; and Mr. Mark Schad, Schad Meats.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy 
development is important. Consequently, in an effort to ensure that 
minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are aware of the 
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://www.fsis.usda.gov/oa/update/subscribe.asp. Click on 
the ``Subscribe to the Constituent Update Listserv'' link, then fill 
out and submit the form.

    Done in Washington, DC, on October 14, 2003.
Garry L. McKee,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 03-26387 Filed 10-17-03; 8:45 am]