[Federal Register: September 27, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 187)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2006-0029]

 
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 October 12-13, 2006, to review 
and discuss the following issues: (1) Using Risk to Direct In-Plant 
Inspection Activities in Processing Assignments, and (2) Using Risk in 
Slaughter Operations. Two subcommittees will also meet on October 12, 
2006, to work on these issues after discussion during the full 
committee session.

DATES: The full Committee will hold a public meeting on Thursday, 
October 12, and Friday, October 13, 2006, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Subcommittees will hold open meetings on Thursday, October 12, 2006, 
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 U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 
cafeteria located in the South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., 
Washington, DC 20250. A meeting agenda is available on the Internet at 
the NACMPI Web site, http://www.fsis.usda.gov/about_fsis/nacmpi/index.asp.
 The NACMPI meeting agenda, together with information and 

resource materials on risk-based inspection, is also available on the 
Internet at the Risk-based Inspection System Web site, http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Regulations_&_Policies/Risk_Based_Inspection/index.asp.
 FSIS welcomes comments on the topics to be discussed at the 

NACMPI public meeting. Comments may be submitted by any of the 
following methods:
    Electronic mail: NACMPI@fsis.usda.gov.
    Mail, including floppy disks or CD-ROM's: Send to Advisory 
Committee Specialist, United States Department of Agriculture, Food 
Safety and Inspection Service, 14th & Independence Avenue, SW., Mail 
Drop 405 Aerospace, Washington, DC 20250.
    Hand-or courier-delivered items: Deliver to Loraine Cannon at 901 D 
Street, SW., Washington, DC. To deliver these items, the building 
security guard must first call (202) 690-6520.
    Facsimile: Send to Loraine Cannon, (202) 690-6519.
    All submissions received must include the Agency name and docket 
number FSIS-2006-0029.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Tynan for technical information 
at (202) 720-3884, or e-mail robert.tynan@fsis.usda.gov and Loraine 
Cannon for meeting information at (202) 690-6647, FAX (202) 690-6519, 
or e-mail NACMPI@fsis.usda.gov. Persons requiring a sign language 
interpreter or other special accommodations should notify Loraine 
Cannon no later than September 26, 2006, 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 industries; State and local 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, Public Policy Consultant; 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

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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, Inc.
    The Committee has two 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, 300 12th Street, SW., Room 102, Cotton Annex Building, 
Washington, DC 20250, and posted on the Agency's NACMPI Web site, 
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/about_fsis/nacmpi/index.asp.

    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 on-line through the FSIS Web Page located 
at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations/2006_Notices_Index/. FSIS 

will also 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 and more diverse 
audience. In addition, FSIS offers an e-mail subscription service which 
provides automatic and customized access to selected food safety news 
and information. This service is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/news_and_events/email_subscription/.
 Options range from recalls to 

export information to regulations, directives and notices. Customers 
can add or delete subscriptions themselves and have the option to 
password protect their account.

    Done in Washington, DC on: September 21, 2006.
Barbara J. Masters,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. E6-15859 Filed 9-26-06; 8:45 am]

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