[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 45 (Wednesday, March 7, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 13512-13513]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-5656]


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Proposed Rules
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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 45 / Wednesday, March 7, 2012 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

9 CFR Parts 381 and 500

[Docket No. FSIS-2012-0016]


National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of committee meeting.

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    The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing, 
pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, that the National 
Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) will hold a 
public meeting on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, to discuss the proposed 
rule on the Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection published 
January 27, 2012. FSIS will provide an overview of the proposed rule, 
followed by open discussion and comments.

DATES: The Committee will hold a public meeting via Web conference on 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. E.S.T.

ADDRESSES: The March 21, 2012, meeting will be held via Web conference. 
Information on accessing the Web conference will be posted on the FSIS 
Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News/Meetings_&_Events/. The 
meeting site will also be posted on the FSIS Web site above.
    FSIS will finalize the agenda on or before the meeting and post it 
on the NACMPI Web site, http://www.fsis.usda.gov/about_fsis/nacmpi/index.asp.
    All interested parties are welcome to attend the meeting and to 
submit written comments concerning the issue the Committee will 
discuss. FSIS welcomes comments through April 23, 2012, on this 
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, USDA, FSIS, 14th & 
Independence Avenue SW., Room 1180-S, South Building, Washington, DC 
20250.
    Hand- or courier-delivered items: Deliver to Sally Fernandez at 
14th & Independence Avenue SW., Room 1180-S, Washington, DC. To deliver 
these items, the building security guard must first call (202) 720-
9113.
    Facsimile: Send to Sally Fernandez, (202) 690-6519. All submissions 
received must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS-2012-0016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Keith Payne for technical information 
at (202) 690-6522, or email keith.payne@fsis.usda.gov, and Sally 
Fernandez for meeting information at (202) 690-6524, Fax (202) 690-
6519, or email sally.fernandez@fsis.usda.gov. Persons requiring a sign 
language interpreter or other special accommodations should notify 
Sally Fernandez at the numbers above or by email.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FSIS is announcing, pursuant to the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, that the NACMPI will hold a 
public meeting on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, to discuss the proposed 
rule on the Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection published 
January 27, 2012 (77 FR 4408).

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: Patricia K. Buck, 
Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention; Dr. Fur-Chi Chen, 
Tennessee State University; Brian R. Covington, Keystone Foods LLC; Dr. 
Catherine N. Cutter, Pennsylvania State University; Nancy J. Donley, 
STOP Foodborne Illness; Veneranda Gapud, Fieldale Farms Corporation; 
Dr. Craig Henry, Deloitte & Touche LLP; Dr. Cheryl D. Jones, Morehouse 
School of Medicine; Dr. Heidi Kassenborg, Minnesota Department of 
Agriculture; Sarah A. Klein, Center for Science in the Public Interest; 
Dr. Shelton E. Murinda, California State Polytechnic University; Dr. 
Edna Negr[oacute]n, University of Puerto Rico; Robert G. Reinhard, Sara 
Lee Corporation; Dr. Craig E. Shultz, Pennsylvania Department of 
Agriculture; Stanley A. Stromberg, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, 
Food, and Forestry; Dr. John D. Tilden, Michigan Department of 
Agriculture and Rural Development; Carol L. Tucker-Foreman, Consumer 
Federation of America; Steve E. Warshawer, Mesa Top Farm; Dr. J. Byron 
Williams, Mississippi State University; and Leonard W. Winchester, 
Public Health--Seattle & King County.

Additional Public Notification

    FSIS will announce this notice online through the FSIS Web page 
located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations_&_policies/Federal_Register_Notices/index.asp.
    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 groups, 
consumer interest groups, health professionals, and other individuals 
who have asked to be included. The Update is also available on the FSIS 
Web page. In addition, FSIS offers an electronic mail subscription 
service which provides automatic and customized access to selected food 
safety news and information. This service is available at

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http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_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 accounts.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

    USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on 
the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, 
disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or 
family status (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).
    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for 
communication of program information (Braille, large print, and 
audiotape) should contact USDA's Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice 
and TTY).
    To file a written complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office 
of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue 
SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TTY). 
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

    Done at Washington, DC, on March 5, 2012.
Alfred V. Almanza,
Administrator.
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