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Bridgette Keefe

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2009 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) will hold public meetings from March 16 – 20, 2009 in Washington, D.C.

The committee will discuss options of the most appropriate technologies for FSIS to adopt in performing routine and baseline microbiological analyses, and parameters for inoculated pack-challenge study protocols.

The subcommittee on Determination of the Most Appropriate Technologies for FSIS to Adopt in Performing Routine and Baseline Microbiological Analyses will hold open meetings on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday, March 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The subcommittee on Parameters for Inoculated Pack-Challenge Study Protocols will hold open meetings on Wednesday, March 18, and Thursday, March 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. All subcommittee meetings will meet at the Aerospace Center, 901 D Street, SW, Rooms 369-371, Washington, D.C.

The full committee will meet on Friday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the conference room at the south end of the cafeteria located in the USDA South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C.

The NACMCF was established in 1988 to provide scientific advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on public issues related to the safety and wholesomeness of the U.S. food supply. These issues include the development of microbiological criteria and review and evaluation of epidemiological and risk assessment data and methodologies for assessing microbiological hazards in foods. The committee also provides scientific advice and recommendations to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Departments of Commerce and Defense.

For further information, contact Karen Thomas-Sharp, U.S. Department of Agriculture, FSIS, Office of Public Health Science, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, 333 Aerospace Center, Washington, D.C. 20250, by phone (202) 690-6620, or e-mail Karen.Thomas-Sharp@fsis.usda.gov. Persons requiring a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations should notify Mrs. Thomas-Sharp by March 9, 2009.

FSIS will finalize an agenda on or before the meeting dates and post it on FSIS’ Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News/Meetings_&_Events/ . An official transcript of the March 20, full committee meeting will be available for public inspection will also be posted at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/About_FSIS/
NACMCF_Meetings/index.asp
when it is available.

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