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USDA Names New Member to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods
Congressional and Public Affairs
Bill Bagley
(202) 720-9113

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2011 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that Susan V. Grooters has been appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods ( NACMCF).

Currently serving as Director of Research and Education with STOP Foodborne Illness (formerly Safe Tables Our Priority), Grooters will serve a two-year term on the NACMCF as a consumer representative. In this capacity, she will provide an important consumer viewpoint to the committee's food safety work. Grooters' appointment to the committee brings the total membership to 18 individuals from various fields. Grooters holds a master of public health degree in epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a bachelor's degree in nutrition and food sciences from the University of Vermont.

The NACMCF, established in 1988, provides scientific advice on public health issues relative to the safety and wholesomeness of the U.S. food supply. The committee also assists in the development of microbiological criteria and reviews and evaluates epidemiological and risk assessment data as well as methodologies for assessing microbiological hazards.

The committee serves the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (Food Safety and Inspection Service), Health and Human Services (Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Commerce (National Marine Fisheries Service), and Defense (Veterinary Service Activity). The NACMCF meets twice annually with subcommittees meeting as often as necessary.

The Secretary of Agriculture appoints committee members following consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Appointees are scientists from academia, industry, and government. Committee members serve a two-year term. The full committee membership may be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/about/NACMCF_Members/index.asp.
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