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NACMCF to Hold Public Meetings

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) will hold public meetings of the full committee and subcommittees on September 22-26, 2008. Topics to be discussed will include: parameters for inoculated-pack challenge study protocols and determination of the most appropriate technologies for the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to adopt in performing routine and baseline microbiological analyses.

The full Committee will hold an open meeting on Friday, September 26, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Subcommittee on parameters for inoculated-pack challenge study protocols will hold open meetings on Monday, September 22, and Tuesday, September 23, 2008, 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 hold open meetings on Wednesday, September 24, and Thursday, September 25, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The September 22-25, 2008, Subcommittee meetings will be held at the Aerospace Center, 901 D Street, SW., Rooms 369-371, Washington, DC 20024. The September 26, 2008, full Committee meeting will be held in the conference room at the south end of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cafeteria located in the South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250.

All  documents related to the full Committee meeting will be available for  public inspection in the FSIS Docket Room, U.S. Department of  Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 2534 South Building,  Washington, DC 20250, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through  Friday, as soon as they become available. The NACMCF documents will also be available on the Internet at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations/2008_Notices_Index/.

FSIS will finalize an agenda on or before the meeting dates and post it on the FSIS Web page at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News/Meetings_&_Events/.

The official transcript of the September 26, 2008, full Committee meeting, when it becomes available, will be kept in the FSIS Docket Room at the above address and will also be posted on http://www.fsis.usda.gov/About/NACMCF_Meetings/.

Persons interested in making a  presentation, submitting technical papers, or providing comments at the  September 26, plenary session should contact Karen Thomas-Sharp by phone  (202) 690-6620, fax (202) 690-6334, e-mail Karen.thomas-sharp@fsis.usda.gov, or at the mailing address above.

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