[Federal Register: August 2, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 148)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2007-0027]

 
National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., 
the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) 
will hold a public meeting on August 8-9, 2007, to review and discuss 
the following issues: (1) Data Collection and Analysis at the Food 
Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS): Standard Operating Procedures, 
(2) Linking FSIS Activities to its Public Health Goals, and (3) Pilot 
Project to Explore Mechanisms for Sharing Industry Data with FSIS. The 
first issue, Data Collection and Analysis at FSIS: Standard Operating 
Procedures, will be presented to the entire Committee for discussion 
during the morning session on August 8, 2007. The other two issues will 
be presented to the entire Committee in the afternoon session. The 
committee will then divide into two subcommittees. These subcommittees 
will meet in the afternoon of August 8, 2007, to discuss the issues 
Linking FSIS Activities to its Public Health Goals and Pilot Project to 
Explore Mechanisms for Sharing Industry Data with FSIS. Each 
subcommittee will provide a report of their comments and 
recommendations to the full committee on the morning of August 9, 2007.

DATES: The full Committee will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, 
August 8, and Thursday, August 9, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Subcommittees will hold open meetings on Wednesday, August 8, 2007, 
from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

ADDRESSES: All Committee meetings will take place at George Mason 
University, 3401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201. 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 public 
health-based inspection, is also available on the Internet at, 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-ROMs: Send to National Advisory 
Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection, 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-2007-0027.

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)

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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 at the numbers above or by e-mail.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The NACMPI 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: Ms. Kibbe M. Conti, 
Northern Plains Nutrition Consulting, Rapid City, SD; Mr. Brian R. 
Covington, Keystone Foods LLC, West Conshohocken, PA; Dr. Catherine N. 
Cutter, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA; Dr. James 
S. Dickson, Iowa State University, Ames, IA; Mr. Kevin M. Elfering, 
Minnesota Department of Agriculture, St. Paul, MN; Mr. Mike W. 
Finnegan, Montana Meat & Poultry Inspection Bureau, Helena, MT; Ms. 
Carol Tucker Foreman, Consumer Federation of America, Chevy Chase, MD; 
Dr. Andrea L. Grondahl, North Dakota Department of Agriculture, 
Bismarck, ND; Dr. Joseph J. Harris, Southwest Meat Association, Bryan, 
TX; Dr. Craig W. Henry, Food Products Association, Washington, DC; Ms. 
Cheryl D. Jones, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA; Mr. Michael 
E. Kowalcyk, DunnhumbyUSA LLC, Cincinnati, OH; Dr. Shelton E. Murinda, 
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA; Dr. Edna Negron-
Bravo, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, PR; Dr. Michael L. Rybolt, 
National Turkey Federation, Washington, DC; Mr. Mark P. Schad, Schad 
Meats, Inc., Cincinnati, OH; and Dr. Stanley A. Stromberg, Oklahoma 
Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, Oklahoma City, OK.
    The Committee has 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, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection 
Service, 300 12th Street, SW., Room 102, Cotton Annex, 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/2007 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, 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 July 24, 2007.
Alfred V. Almanza,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 07-3783 Filed 7-30-07; 4:29 pm]

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