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Subcommittee Reports/Presentation of Draft Work Charges

National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods
Minutes of Plenary Session: September 22, 2006
USDA Cafeteria
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20002

Dr. Robert Brackett, Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration (CFSAN/FDA), and Vice-Chair of the NACMCF, opened the meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday September 22nd, 2006.



Dr. Don Zink, filling in for Dr. David Acheson, Chair of the Subcommittee "Assessment of the Food Safety Importance of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP)", briefed the group on the Subcommittee's progress since their first meeting during the March 2006 NACMCF meetings. Dr. Zink reported that the Subcommittee had reviewed an initial 150 scientific publications and that the group has been provided with additional information through subject matter experts. Subcommittee work has begun on answering charge questions. Dr. Roy Radcliff of the Marshfield Clinic and Dr. Michael Collins of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, attended meetings (September 20th-21st) as invited experts, and were extremely helpful to the Subcommittee. No action was taken.

Mr. Spencer Garrett, Chair of the Subcommittee "Determination of Cooking Parameters for Safe Seafood for Consumers", brought a draft report to the Full Committee for discussion. A motion was made to delay the vote to adopt the document until a later time such as the next plenary session. The Committee approved the motion to delay the adoption of the seafood report (1st motion Ms. Barbara Kowalcyk, 2nd motion Dr. Don Schaffner). Mr. Garrett began by making introductory remarks on the report and explained that the report has three sections, the body, the appendix, and the reference section. The latter was not present in the distributed copy since it was still in-preparation. Mr. Garrett led the group through each page of the report, asking if NACMCF members had questions and comments as he went along. Several Committee members asked questions and provided input to the report. At close of discussions, Mr. Garrett requested that any additional comments be submitted to Gerri Ransom by November 1st, 2006.

Dr. Don Zink presented an FDA draft charge to the Full Committee on inoculated pack/challenge study protocols. Dr. Zink provided details on this charge, where FDA is seeking advice on what are the appropriate criteria that must be considered for an inoculated pack or challenge study to determine if a retail food requires time-temperature control for safety. As this was a draft charge, the floor was opened for comments and questions. After discussion and input by a number of members, it was mentioned that additional comments could be forwarded to Gerri Ransom by November 1st, to have them considered by FDA as they refine the charge to the Committee.

Dr. Jim Withee, a fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science on assignment with the FSIS Risk Assessment Division, introduced the FSIS draft charge, "Determination of the Most Appropriate Technologies for the FSIS to Adopt in Performing Routine and Baseline Microbiological Analyses". This charge is to assist the Agency and other interested parties to select the most appropriate technologies to adopt in performing routine and baseline microbiological analyses. Dr. Withee provided some background information before presenting the charge, after which he led an in-depth discussion on possible approaches to address this charge. Comments and input were provided by a number of members. Committee members were again given a deadline of November 1st to provide additional comments on this draft charge to Gerri Ransom.

Public Comments

No comments were received from members of the public.

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Dr. David Goldman, Assistant Administrator, Office of Public Health Science, FSIS, and FSIS Liaison to the NACMCF Executive Committee, adjourned the meeting at approximately 11:11 a.m., on Friday September 22nd, 2006.

A list of NACMCF members and outside participants in attendance follows. Further meeting details are available in the meeting transcript at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/
About_FSIS/NACMCF_Meetings/index.asp
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9-22-06 NACMCF Meeting Participants
  • Vice-Chairperson: Dr. Robert Brackett
  • NACMCF Members:
    • Dr. Gary Ades
    • Dr. Larry Beuchat
    • Dr. Kathryn Boor
    • Dr. Scott Brooks
    • Dr. Peggy Cook
    • Dr. Daniel Engeljohn
    • Mr. Spencer Garrett
    • Dr. Linda Harris
    • Dr. Walt Hill
    • Dr. Michael Jahncke
    • Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus
    • LTC. Robin King
    • Ms. Barbara Kowalcyk
    • Dr. Joseph Madden
    • Dr. Alejandro Mazzotta
    • Dr. Ann Marie McNamara
    • Dr. Jianghong Meng
    • Dr. Dale Morse
    • Ms. Angela Ruple
    • Dr. Donald Schaffner
    • Ms. Jenny Scott
    • Dr. John Sofos
    • Dr. Sterling Thompson
    • Dr. Irene Wesley
    • Dr. Donald Zink
  • NACMCF Executive Committee:
    • Dr. LeeAnne Jackson, FDA
    • LTC. Bradford Hildabrand, DOD
    • Dr. David Goldman, FSIS
  • FSIS Staff:
    • Ms. Gerri Ransom, NACMCF Executive Secretariat
    • Ms. Karen Thomas, Advisory Committee Specialist
  • Outside Participants:
    • Dr. Jim Withee, American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, on assignment with the FSIS Risk Assessment Division
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