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National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection to Hold Public Meetings Next Week

Thursday, August 21, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) will hold a public meeting Aug. 27-28, 2008, to review and discuss international equivalence and approaches to assessing foreign food regulatory systems as a means of ensuring the safety of imported food products.

The meeting will take place Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 28,, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in USDA's South Building Cafeteria, 14th & Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. Two subcommittees of the NACMPI will hold open meetings during their deliberations and report preparation.

The meeting will include discussion of various approaches to assessing foreign inspection systems: the approach taken by FSIS and that taken by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Food and Drug Administration, industry perspective on these approaches, the consumer perspective and the perspectives and approaches of several foreign governments.

The NACMPI meeting agenda, together with information and resource materials on public health-based inspection, is also available on FSIS' Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Meetings_&_Events/index.asp.

Comments to this notice may be submitted through e-mail at NACMPI@fsis.usda.gov.

 Pre-registration for this meeting is encouraged.  For more information, contact Faye Smith at (202) 720-9113 or by e-mail at faye.smith@fsis.usda.gov.

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