[Federal Register: May 31, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 103)]
[Notices]               
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From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. 05-020N]

 
National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), 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 16-17, 2005, to review and 
discuss the following issues: (1) How can FSIS best share information 
on new technology with small and very small plants? (2) What guidance 
can be provided to industry to ensure that plants hold product when 
FSIS tests product for an adulterant? (3) How can risk based sampling 
most effectively be conducted in small and very small plants? Three 
subcommittees will also meet on June 16-17, 2005, to work on the issues 
discussed during the full committee session.

DATES: The full Committee will hold a public meeting on Thursday, June 
16 and Friday, June 17, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Subcommittees 
will hold open meetings on Thursday, June 16, 2005, from 3 p.m. to 6 
p.m.

ADDRESSES: All Committee meetings will take place in the conference 
room at the south end of the USDA cafeteria located in the South 
Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW. A meeting agenda is available 
on the Internet at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/NACMPI. FSIS welcomes 

comments on the topics to be discussed at the public meeting. Comments 
may be submitted by mail, including floppy disks or CD-ROM's, or by 
hand delivery to: Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food 
Safety and Inspection Service, Room 102 Cotton Annex, 300 12th Street, 
SW., Washington, DC 20250. Comments may also be sent by facsimile to 
(202) 205-0381. All submissions received must include the Agency name 
and docket number 05-020N. All comments submitted in response to this 
notice, as well as research and background information used by FSIS in 
developing this document, will be available for public inspection in 
the FSIS Docket Room at the address listed above between 8:30 a.m. and 
4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The comments also will be posted on 
the Agency's Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations/2005_Notices_Index/
.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Tynan for technical information 
at (202) 690-6522 or e-mail robert.tynan@fsis.usda.gov and Sonya L. 
West for meeting information at (202) 690-1079, FAX (202) 690-6519, 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 10, 2005, at the numbers above or by e-mail.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On March 15, 2005, 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, poultry and 
egg product industry, state government officials, and academia. The 
current members of the NACMPI are: Dr. Gladys Bayse, Spelman College; 
Dr. David Carpenter, Southern Illinois University; Dr. James Denton, 
University of Arkansas; Mr. Darin Detwiler, Lake Washington School 
District; Mr. Kevin Elfering, Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Ms. 
Sandra Eskin, Attorney; Mr. Mike Finnegan, State of Montana; Mr. 
Michael Govro, Oregon Department of Agriculture; Dr. Andrea Grondahl, 
North Dakota Department of Agriculture; Dr. Joseph Harris, Southwest 
Meat Association; Dr. Jill Hollingsworth, Food Marketing Institute; Mr. 
Michael Kowalcyk, Safe Tables Our Priority; Dr. Elizabeth Krushinskie, 
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association; 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. The Committee 
makes recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture.
    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.

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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 on-line through the FSIS Web Page located 
at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations/2005_Notices_Index/index.asp. 

FSIS also will make copies of this Federal Register publication 
available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide 
information regarding FSIS polities, procedures, regulations, Federal 
Register notices, FSIS public meetings, recalls, and other types of 
information that could affect or would be of interest to constituents 
and stakeholders. The update is communicated via Listserv, a free 
electronic mail subscription service for industry, trade, and farm 
groups, consumer interest groups, allied health professionals, and 
other individuals who have asked to be included. The update is 
available on the FSIS Web page. Through the Listserv and web page, FSIS 
is able to provide information to a much broader and more diverse 
audience.
    In addition, FSIS offers an electronic mail subscription service 
that provides an automatic and customized notification when popular 
pages are updated, including Federal Register publications and related 
documents. This service is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/news_and_events/email_subscription/
 and allows FSIS customers to sign up 

for subscription options in eight categories. Options range from 
recalls to export information to regulations, directives, and notices. 
Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves and have the 
option to protect their accounts with passwords.

    Done in Washington, DC, on: May 25, 2005.
Barbara J. Masters,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 05-10735 Filed 5-27-05; 8:45 am]