[Federal Register: October 27, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 207)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. 03-037N]

 
National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection

AGENCY: Notice of public meeting.

SUMMARY: The National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection 
(NACMPI) will hold a public meeting on November 5-6, 2003, to review 
and discuss the following issues: ``Procedures for Conducting 
Inspection in Talmadge Aiken Plants;'' ``What is the best use of data 
to support risk-based inspection?'' and ``How can FSIS better associate 
food safety activities with public health surveillance data?'' Three 
subcommittees will also meet on November 5, 2003, to work on the issues 
discussed during the full committee session.

DATES: The full Committee will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, 
November 5, and Thursday, November 6, 2003, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Subcommittees will hold open meetings on Wednesday, November 5, 2003, 
from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

ADDRESSES: All Committee meetings will take place at the Washington 
Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, NW., Washington, DC 20005. A 
meeting agenda is available on the Internet at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leavi
 which is a Sub-web page of the 
FSIS Home page at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi. FSIS welcomes 
comments on the topics to be discussed at the public meeting. Comments 
should be sent to the FSIS Docket Room and reference docket 03-037N, 
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 
Room 102 Cotton Annex, 300 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20250-3700. 
Comments may be sent by facsimile (202) 205-0381.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Tynan for technical information at (202) 720-2982 or e-mail Robert.Tynan@fsis.usda.gov and Sonya L. 

interpreter or other special accommodations should notify Ms. West no 
later than October 31, 2003, at the above numbers or by e-mail. 
Information is also available on the Internet at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/
.

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 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 
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)).
    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; 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 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 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. 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 viewing in the FSIS Docket Room between 8:30 
a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    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 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 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 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 who have asked 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 FSIS 
Web site at 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.


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    Done in Washington, DC on: October 21, 2003.
Garry L. McKee,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 03-26968 Filed 10-24-03; 8:45 am]