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Agencies to Host Public Meeting on Pre-Harvest Pathogen Control Strategies

Friday, October 14, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are hosting a public meeting to seek input on pre-harvest pathogen control strategies designed to reduce the likelihood that beef will be contaminated with pathogens of public health concern, such as Shiga toxin producing E. coli and Salmonella, during the slaughter process.

The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center at Riverside, 4700 River Road, 1st floor—Oklahoma City Memorial Conference Center, Riverdale, Maryland. Onsite registration is at 8 a.m. and the meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register, visit the FSIS Web site at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News/Meetings_&_Events/.

FSIS will accept comments on this meeting until January 3, 2012. Go to Regulations.Gov at http://www.regulations.gov/ and follow the online instructions at that site for submitting comments. Comments may be mailed to Docket Clerk, USDA, FSIS Docket Room, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Patriots Plaza 3, Mailstop 3782, Room 163A, Washington, D.C. 20250–3700.

To view the Federal Register notice regarding this meeting, go to http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-14/pdf/2011-26541.pdf.

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