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(202) 720-9113
Peggy Riek

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2007 - 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 Sept. 24-28, 2007.

The committee will discuss the assessment of the food safety importance of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis, determination of the most appropriate technologies for the FSIS to adopt in performing routine and baseline microbiological analyses, and parameters for inoculated pack-challenge study protocols.

The full committee will meet on Friday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 12:45 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 subcommittee on Assessment of the Food Safety Importance of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis will meet on Monday, Sept. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The subcommittee on Determination of the Most Appropriate Technologies for the FSIS to Adopt in Performing Routine and Baseline Microbiological Analyses will meet on Monday, Sept. 24, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., and on Tuesday, Sept. 25, and Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The subcommittee on Parameters for Inoculated Pack-Challenge Study Protocols will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 26, and Thursday, Sept. 27, 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 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 Sept. 17.

For more information about the meeting and agenda, which is subject to change, visit the FSIS Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Regulations_&_Policies/
2007_Notices_Index/index.asp
. An official transcript of the Sept. 28, full committee meeting will be available for public inspection in the FSIS Docket Room, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 2534 South Building, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and will also be posted at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/
About_FSIS/NACMCF_Meetings/index.asp
, when it is available.
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