[Federal Register: October 28, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 208)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. 05-031N]

 
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 November 15-16, 2005. At this 
meeting, the Agency will present and seek input on matters it will 
address in moving to a more risk-based approach to inspection as well 
as how to use data to enhance the effectiveness and the efficiency of 
this approach. Subcommittees will also meet on November 15, 2005, to 
discuss issues covered during the full committee session.

DATES: The full Committee will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, 
November 15 and Wednesday, November 16, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Subcommittees will hold open meetings on Tuesday, November 15, 2005, 
from 2 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 any of the following methods:
    Mail, including floppy disks or CD-ROM's, and hand- or courier-
delivered items: Send to Docket Clerk, United States Department of 
Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service, 300 12th 
Street, SW., Room 102, Cotton Annex, Washington, DC 20250.
    Electronic mail: fsis.regulationscomments@fsis.usda.gov. All 
submissions received must include the Agency name and docket number 05-
031N. 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 November 4, 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, 
and 301(a)(3), (a)(4), and (c) of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 
U.S.C. 607(c), 624, 645, 661(a)(3), (a)(4), and (c)) and sections 
5(a)(3), (a)(4), and (c), 8(b); and 11(e) of the Poultry Products 
Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 454(a)(3), (a)(4), and (c); 457(b), and 
460(e)).
    The Administrator of FSIS is the chairperson of the Committee. 
Membership of the Committee is drawn

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from representatives of consumer groups, producers, processors and 
marketers from the meat, poultry and egg product industries, 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, Montana Department of Agriculture; 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 will break up into 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. 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 the 
public, and in particular 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/. FSIS also will make copies of this 
Federal Register publication available through the FSIS Constituent 
Update, which is used to provide information regarding FSIS policies, 
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, 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_&_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 October 25, 2005.
Barbara J. Masters,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 05-21567 Filed 10-27-05; 8:45 am]

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