Congressional and Public Affairs
WASHINGTON, Dec. 26, 2013—The National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) will host a public meeting Jan. 7-8, 2014 to review and discuss safe handling instructions included on food labels. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is also seeking feedback on its Establishment-Specific Data Release Strategic Plan.
The meeting will be held from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. each day, and take place in the first floor auditorium of the Patriot Plaza III building, located at 355 E St., SW Washington, DC 20024. Registration begins on site at 8:30 a.m. each day. Additional details and the meeting agenda are accessible at the NACMPI website: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/advisory-committees/nacmpi.
FSIS wants the committee to fully explore enhancing the safe food handling label on meat and poultry packages and provide the agency with feedback. The agency will then consider whether or not the current safe handling instructions should be changed to meet the informational needs of consumers. FSIS has also requested that the group review and provide further suggestions to its Establishment-Specific Data Release Strategic Plan that was developed from NACMPI recommendations in 2010.
For meeting information, contact Sally Fernandez at (202) 690-6524 or via e-mail at: email@example.com.
FSIS welcomes comments through Feb. 8, 2014, on the topics discussed at the NACMPI public meeting. Comments may be submitted via e-mail to: NACMPI@fsis.usda.gov or by mail to: National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection, USDA, FSIS, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Mail Stop 3778, Washington, DC 20250 or submitted via fax at: (202) 690-6519.
Established in 1971, the 17-member NACMPI meets on food safety concerns and advises the Secretary of Agriculture on matters affecting federal and state inspection program activities. It also contributes to USDA's regulatory policy development. Recommendations are sent to USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety for consideration and review by the Secretary of Agriculture.