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Minutes of the NACMCF Plenary Session, September 9, 2015

Residence Inn by Marriott
333 E Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C.

Dr. James Rogers, NACMCF Executive Secretary, Food Safety and Inspection Service, opened the meeting at 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 and welcomed members and guests.

Mr. Brian Ronholm, NACMCF Chairperson and U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety stated that this was the first full meeting of the 2015-2017 Committee. He welcomed and thanked the 11 new members and 19 returning members for their dedication, time, and hard work. He mentioned since becoming Chair of NACMCF, he gained an understanding and a real appreciation. Mr. Ronholm stressed the importance of the Committee work charges and said “NACMCF is among the most respected scientific advisory committee because of its extremely hard working and dedicated group of scientists and professionals”. He mentioned the two new charges the committee will be undertaking the first, effective Salmonella control strategies for poultry and second, virulence factors and attributes that define food borne Shiga toxin-producing E. coli as severe human pathogens. Both of these issues can improve the way we combat food borne pathogens and prevent illness. Ultimately, most importantly, both of these studies can be used at the federal level to make decisions that will better protect Americans from foodborne illness.

Dr. Susan T. Mayne, NACMCF Vice-Chairperson and Director, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), acknowledged the participating agencies for their support to the Committee. She mentioned how NACMCF continues to be a strong vehicle for external advice, by limiting Federal partner members to one per agency and having the subcommittees chaired by only external members. Alison O’Brien and Carolyn Hovde are chairing the STEC charge, and Gary Acuff and Guy Loneragan the Salmonella in poultry charge. Thanking the subcommittee chairs for their leadership and stepping up to public service. She spoke about the diversity of NACMCF is essential to its mission. She thanks the Committee for their service to NACMCF, past efforts, both our continuing members and our new members. She stated that the charges are so important to CFSAN, the FDA, and to the American people and thanked the Committee for their efforts on behalf of food safety. We are grateful for your public service.

Presentation of Reports

Dr. Uday Dessai, past NACMCF member, Senior Public Health Advisor, OPHS, FSIS, USDA, presented a PowerPoint presentation for the new charge Effective Salmonella Control Strategies for Poultry. Dr. Dessai indicated that Salmonella is a problem and it’s been one for a very long time. Dr. Dessai presented six questions, some of which have sub-bullets. The six questions in totality try to capture what we do not know about Salmonella or what we partly know about Salmonella. (See transcripts & charge for the breakdown of the six questions) Dr. Dessai stated that NACMCF role is to provide scientific knowledge surrounding these six questions and provide recommendations to help reduce Salmonella in products.

Dr. Peter Feng, current NACMCF member and Research Microbiologist for FDA, presented a PowerPoint presentation for the second new charge, virulence factors and attributes that defines foodborne Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) as severe human pathogens. Dr. Feng summarized the five questions that are outlined in the charges. (see transcripts & charge for the breakdown of the five questions) . He stated that the presence of STEC in fresh produce is a primary concern for the FDA.

Public Comments

No comments were received from members of the public.

Close

Dr. Rogers adjourned the meeting at 11:25 am on Wednesday September 9, 2015.

A list of NACMCF members and outside participants in attendance follows. Further meeting details are available in the September 9, 2015 meeting transcript at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/data-collection-and-reports/nacmcf/meetings/nacmcf-meetings

September 9, 2015 NACMCF Meeting Participants

  • Chair: Mr. Brian Ronholm, Chair
  • Vice-Chair: Dr. Susan T. Mayne, Co-Chair
  • Moderator: Dr. James E. Rogers Executive Secretariat
  • Committee Members
    • Dr. Gary Acuff , Texas A&M University
    • Dr. Arun Bhunia, Purdue University
    • Ms. Vanessa Coffman, Consumer Representative
    • Maj Barbara Cloutier, U.S. Army, Department of Defense
    • Dr. Peter Feng, U.S. Food & Drug Administration
    • Dr. Steven Ingham, Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture
    • Dr. Mohammad Koohmaraie, IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group
    • Dr. Bala Kottapalli, ConAgra Foods Inc.
    • Dr. Robert LaBudde, Least Cost Formulations, Ltd.
    • Dr. Richard Linton, North Carolina State University
    • Dr. Guy Loneragan, Texas Tech University
    • Dr. Evelyn Mbandi, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • Dr. Peter Muriana, Oklahoma State University
    • Dr. Alison O’Brien, Uniformed Services University of the Heath Sciences
    • Dr. Wilfredo Ocasio, The National Food Laboratory, LLC
    • Dr. Tiffiani Onifade, Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services
    • Dr. Salina Parveen, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
    • Dr. Ruth Petran, Ecolab, Inc.
    • Ms. Angela Ruple, U.S. Department Of Commerce
    • Dr. Stacey Schultz-Cherry, Dept. of Infectious Diseases
    • Dr. Robert Tauxe, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • NACMCF Executive Committee
    • Col Margery Hanfelt, Defense Dept. Liaison
    • Dr. Arthur P. Liang, CDC Liaison
    • Dr. Marianna Naum, FDA Liaison
    • Ms. Karen Thomas, Advisory Committee Specialist
  • FSIS Staff Members
    • Dr. Uday Dessai, Senior Public Health Advisor

       

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