Subcommittee on Microbiological Criteria as Indicators of Process Control or Insanitary Conditions: June 4, 2013 Meeting Summary
- The Department of Defense (DoD) charges to the subcommittee entitled, “Study of Microbiological Criteria as Indicators of Process Control or Insanitary Conditions” were accepted.
- Historical perspectives and works in progress from the previous subcommittee that addressed the issues were discussed and reviewed using subject matter experts (SMEs) who had served on the previous Committee.
- Groups were formed to address specific questions in the DoD charge. The groups for Question 1 (Group 1), Questions 2-4 (Group 2) and Question 5 (Group 3) made significant progress and formulated action plans for future work.
- Group 1 ( Q1): Process flow diagrams for 28 process flow diagrams were developed with identified risks associated with key points in the processes.
- Group 2 (Q 2-4). They are reviewing current and historical data from world-wide sources related to indicator organisms as they examine 39 foods that fit into 5 categories. They are comparing all this information and expect to know the data gaps by early September.
- Group 3 (Q 5. This group is working on the appropriate statistical models. Three types of approaches will be taken related to A.) Initial DoD audit test criteria, B.) Lot acceptance testing and C.) Directed testing (in response to perceived or documented problems). This group is targeting preparation of bullet points related to these approaches by end of July with a narrative version to review for the whole subcommittee by first of October.