Congressional and Public Affairs
Stacy Kish (202) 720-9113
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2013 – The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announces a public meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) on June 4-6 in Washington D.C.
The meeting will focus on ways to control and reduce foodborne illness produced by Norovirus infections, as well as on how to use microbiological indicators during production to identify lapses in the process and sanitary conditions.
The full Committee will meet on June 4, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Two subcommittees will run break out sessions concurrently on June 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. and June 5-6 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
FSIS will finalize an agenda before the meeting and post it on the FSIS webpage at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News/Meetings_&_Events/. The official minutes of the meeting will be posted on the FSIS Docket Room at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/About/NACMCF_Meetings/.
Established in 1988, NACMCF formulates scientific advice on the development of microbiological criteria, the review and evaluation of epidemiological and risk assessment data and methodologies for assessing microbiological hazards in foods. The committee provides recommendations to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services (HHS) on microbiological criteria by which the safety and wholesomeness of food can be assessed.