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(202) 720-9113
Bridgette Keefe

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) will hold public meetings September 26-29, 2005.

The full Committee will discuss consumer guidelines for the safe cooking of poultry products; the analytical utility of Campylobacter methodologies; and the determination of cooking parameters for safe seafood for consumers. All meetings are open to the public and will be held at the Omni Colonnade Hotel, 180 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134. An agenda and schedule will be available prior to the meeting at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/About_FSIS/NACMCF_Meetings/.

The full Committee will hold an open meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The Subcommittee on Consumer Guidelines for the Safe Cooking of Poultry Products will hold open meetings on Monday, Sept. 26, from 1 - 5 p.m. and on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Subcommittee on Determination of Cooking Parameters for Safe Seafood for Consumers will hold open meetings on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 1 - 5 p.m. and on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 health issues relative to the safety and wholesomeness of the U.S. food supply. The Committee formulates positions on the development of microbiological criteria, the review and evaluation of epidemiological and risk assessment data and methodologies for assessing microbiological hazards in foods. The Committee also provides advice to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Departments of Commerce and Defense.

For further information contact Karen Thomas, FSIS, Office of Public Health Science, Microbiology Division, Aerospace Center, Room 333, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-3700; phone (202) 690-6620; fax (202) 690-6334, or email karen.thomas@fsis.usda.gov.

Persons requiring a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations should notify Ms. Thomas by September 19, 2005.
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