[Federal Register: October 12, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 196)]

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE



Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. 99-044N]



 

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: The National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection 

will hold a public meeting



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on November 3-4, 1999, to review and discuss five issues: (1) Extending 

USDA's Meat and Poultry Inspection Program to Additional Species 

(Inspection Methods Standing Sub-Committee), (2) Reinforcing the Food 

Code by Adopting Key Food Safety Provisions as Federal Performance 

Standards, (3) Regulatory Reform (Inter-Governmental Roles Standing 

Sub-Committee), (4) HACCP Systems In-depth Verification Review, and (5) 

E. coli 0157 Action Plan (Resource Allocation Standing Sub-Committee). 

Three standing subcommittees of the full committee will also meet on 

November 3, 1999, to continue working on issues discussed during the 

full committee session. All interested parties are welcome to attend 

the meeting and to submit written comments and suggestions concerning 

issues the Committee will review and discuss. A schedule of when issues 

are scheduled for discussion is available on the FSIS Homepage at 

http://www.fsis.usda.gov.



DATES: The full Committee will hold a public meeting on Wednesday and 

Thursday, November 3-4, 1999, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Subcommittees 

will hold public meetings on November 3, 1999, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 

p.m.



ADDRESSES: The full Committee meeting will take place at the United 

States Department of Agriculture, Whitten Building, 14th and 

Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC in the Jefferson Room. The 

subcommittees will meet in the Adams, Roosevelt, and Washington Rooms 

of the Quality Hotel & Suites, Courthouse Plaza, 1200 North Courthouse 

Road, Arlington, Virginia 22201 (703) 524-4000. Send written comments 

to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Docket Clerk: Docket 

99-044N, Room 102 Cotton Annex Building, 300 12th Street, SW., 

Washington, DC 20250. Comments may also be sent by facsimile (202) 205-

0381. The comments and the official transcript of the meeting, when it 

becomes available, will be kept in the Docket Clerk's office at the 

address provided above.



FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Michael N. Micchelli at (202) 

720-6269, FAX (202) 720-2345, or E-mail michael.micchelli@usda.gov.



SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:



Background



    On February 12, 1997, the Secretary of Agriculture renewed the 

charter for the Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection. The 

Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of 

Agriculture pertaining to Federal and State meat and poultry inspection 

programs pursuant to sections 7(c), 24, 205, 301(a)(3), and 301(c) of 

the Federal Meat Inspection Act and sections 5(a)(3), 5(c), 8(b), and 

11(e) of the Poultry Products Inspection Act. 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 and poultry industry; and State government 

officials. The current members of the National Advisory Committee on 

Meat and Poultry Inspection are: Terry Burkhardt, Wisconsin Bureau of 

Meat Safety and Inspection; Dr. James Denton, University of Arkansas; 

Caroline Smith-DeWaal, Center for Science in the Public Interest; Nancy 

Donley, Safe Tables Our Priority; Carol Tucker Foreman, Food Policy 

Institute, Consumer Federation of America; Dr. Cheryl Hall, Zacky 

Farms, Inc.; Kathleen Hanigan, Farmland Foods; Dr. Lee C. Jan, Texas 

Department of Health; Alice Johnson, National Turkey Federation; Dr. 

Collette Schultz Kaster, Premium Standard Farms; Dr. Daniel E. 

LaFontaine, South Carolina Meat-Poultry Inspection Department; Michael 

Mamminga, Iowa Department of Agriculture; Dr. Dale Morse, New York 

Office of Public Health; Rosemary Mucklow, National Meat Association; 

and Gary Weber, National Cattlemen's Beef Association. On September 20, 

1999, the Secretary of Agriculture appointed two new members to the 

Committee: Donna Richardson, Howard University Cancer Center and Magdi 

Abadir, Cuisine Solutions.

    The Committee has three standing subcommittees to deliberate on 

specific issues and make recommendations to the whole Committee and to 

the Secretary of Agriculture.

    Members of the public will be required to register at the meeting. 

There is no pre-registration required. The meeting agenda will be 

available on the FSIS Homepage at http://www.fsis.usda.gov. Persons 

requiring a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations 

should notify Michael N. Micchelli, by October 18, 1999.



Additional Public Notification



    Pursuant to Department Regulation 4300-4, ``Civil Rights Impact 

Analysis,'' dated September 22, 1993, FSIS has considered the potential 

civil rights impact of this public meeting on minorities, women, and 

persons with disabilities. FSIS anticipates that this public meeting 

will not have a negative or disportionate impact on minorities, women, 

or persons with disabilities. However, public meetings generally are 

designed to provide information and receive public comments on 

substantive issues which may lead to new or revised agency regulations 

or instructions. Public involvement in all segments of rulemaking and 

policy development are important. Consequently, in an effort to better 

ensure that minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are made 

aware of this public meeting and are informed about the mechanism for 

providing their comments, FSIS will announce it and provide copies of 

this Federal Register publication in the FSIS Constituent Update.

    FSIS provides a weekly FSIS Constituent Update, which is 

communicated via fax to over 300 organizations and individuals. In 

addition, the update is available on line through the FSIS web page 

located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov. The update is used to provide 

information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal 

Register Notices, FSIS public meetings, recalls, and any other types of 

information that could affect or would be of interest to our 

constituents/stakeholders. The constituent fax list consists of 

industry, trade, and farm groups, consumer interest groups, allied 

health professionals, scientific professionals and other individuals 

that have requested to be included. Through these various channels, 

FSIS is able to provide information with a much broader, more diverse 

audience. For more information and to be added to the constituent fax 

list, fax your request to the Office of Congressional and Public 

Affairs, at (202) 720-5704.



    Done at Washington, DC on: October 5, 1999.

Thomas J. Billy,

Administrator.

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