[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 247 (Tuesday, December 24, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 77643-77644]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office 
[FR Doc No: 2013-30561]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2013-0041]


National Advisory Committee of Meat and Poultry Inspection

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing a 
meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry 
Inspection (NACMPI). The Committee is being convened to review two 
topics for FSIS. The first topic will address safe handling 
instructions included on food labels. FSIS is seeking input from the 
committee to fully explore enhancing the safe food handling label on 
meat and poultry packages. With this input, the Agency will consider 
whether or not the current safe handling instructions should be changed 
to meet the needs of the consuming public; FSIS is also seeking 
feedback from NACMPI on FSIS's Establishment-Specific Data Release 
Strategic Plan. The plan was developed from recommendations by the 
NACMPI committee in 2010. FSIS would like the committee to review the 
strategic plan and provide further suggestions.

DATES: The meeting is scheduled for January 7-8, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 
5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The committee will meet from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 
a.m. on January 7th for administrative purposes; this portion of the 
meeting is not open to the public.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held in the Auditorium at the Patriot 
Plaza III Building, 355 E. Street SW., Washington, DC 20024. The 
auditorium is located on the first floor. Please note that due to 
increased security measures at the Patriot Plaza III, all persons

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wishing to attend are strongly encouraged to register in advance.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sally Fernandez, Program Specialist, 
Designated Federal Officer, via Email: Sally.Fernandez@fsis.usda.gov; 
Telephone: (202) 690-6524; or Fax: (202) 690-6519 regarding specific 
questions about the committee or this meeting. General information 
about the committee can also be found at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/advisory-committees/nacmpi 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice to the Secretary 
concerning State and Federal programs with respect to meat, poultry, 
and processed egg product inspection, safety, and other matters that 
fall within the scope of the FMIA and PPIA. The agenda topics are safe 
handling instructions included on food labels and FSIS's Establishment-
Specific Data Release Strategic Plan.
    Register for the Meeting: The public is asked to pre-register for 
the meeting. Your pre-registration must state the following: (1) The 
names of each person in your group; (2) organization or interest 
represented; (3) the number of people planning to give oral comments, 
if any; and (4) whether anyone in your group requires special 
accommodations. Submit registrations to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/advisory-committees/nacmpi/nacmpi-meetings. FSIS will also accept walk-in registrations. Members of the 
public requesting to give an oral comment to the Committee must sign in 
at the registration desk.
    Public Comments: Written public comments may be mailed to: USDA, 
FSIS, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Mailstop 3778, Washington, DC 
20250; submitted via Fax: (202) 690-6519; or by Email: 
NACMPI@fsis.usda.gov. All written comments must arrive by February 8, 
2013. Oral comments are also accepted (see instructions under 
``Register for the Meeting'' above).
    Availability of Materials for the Meeting: All written public 
comments will be compiled into a binder and available for review at the 
meeting. Duplicate comments from multiple individuals will appear as 
one comment, with a notation that multiple copies of the comment were 
received. Please visit http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/advisory-committees/nacmpi-reports to learn more about the 
agenda, for the meeting, or reports, resulting from this meeting.
    Meeting Accommodations: USDA is committed to ensuring that all 
interested persons are included in our events. If you are a person with 
a disability and would like to request reasonable accommodations to 
participate in this meeting, please contact Sally Fernandez via Phone: 
(202) 690-6524; Fax (202) 690-6519; or Email: 
Sally.Fernandez@fsis.usda.gov. All reasonable accommodation requests 
are managed on a case by case basis.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination 
in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, 
national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, 
sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited 
bases apply to all programs).
    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for 
communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, 
etc.) should contact USDA's Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and 
TTY).
    To file a written complaint of discrimination, contact USDA Office 
of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue 
SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TTY). 
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Additional Public Notification

    FSIS will announce this notice on-line through the FSIS Web page 
located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/federal-register.
    FSIS also will make copies of this Federal Register publication 
available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide 
information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal 
Register notices, FSIS public meetings, recalls, and other types of 
information that could affect or would be of interest to constituents 
and stakeholders. The update is communicated via Listserv, a free 
electronic mail subscription service for industry, trade and farm 
groups, consumer interest groups, allied health professionals, and 
other individuals who have asked to be included. The update is 
available on the FSIS Web page. Through the Listserv and Web page, FSIS 
is able to provide information to a much broader and more diverse 
audience. In addition, FSIS offers an email subscription service which 
provides automatic and customized access to selected food safety news 
and information. This service is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/programs-and-services/email-subscription-service. 
Options range from recalls to export information to regulations, 
directives and notices. Customers can add or delete subscriptions 
themselves and have the option to password protect their account.

    Done at Washington, DC, December 16, 2013.
Alfred V. Almanza,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2013-30561 Filed 12-23-13; 8:45 am]
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