National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods

Citation86 FR 17770
CourtFood Safety And Inspection Service
Publication Date06 Apr 2021
Record Number2021-06993
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 64 (Tuesday, April 6, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 64 (Tuesday, April 6, 2021)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 17770-17771]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2021-06993]
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                DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
                Food Safety and Inspection Service
                [Docket No. FSIS-2021-0010]
                National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods
                AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.
                ACTION: Notice of public meeting.
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                SUMMARY: This notice is announcing that the National Advisory Committee
                on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) will hold a public
                meeting of the full Committee on April 22, 2021. The Committee will
                discuss and vote on adopting the following two reports: Microbiological
                testing by industry of ready-to-eat foods under FDA's jurisdiction for
                pathogens (or appropriate indicator organisms): Verification of
                prevention controls and The Use of Water in Animal Production,
                Slaughter and Processing.
                DATES: The full Committee will hold an open meeting on Thursday, April
                22, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Submit comments on or before
                June 7, 2021.
                ADDRESSES: The Committee meeting will be held virtually. Attendees must
                pre-register at https://ems8.intellor.com?do=register&t=1&p=838073 to
                receive a join link, dial-in number, access code, and unique Attendee
                ID for the event.
                 The NACMCF documents for adoption will be available at https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/federal-register/federal-register-notices. FSIS invites interested persons to submit
                comments on the meeting documents. Comments may be submitted by one of
                the following methods:
                 Federal eRulemaking Portal: This website provides the
                ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this
                web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions at that site for
                submitting comments.
                 Mail: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of
                Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 1400 Independence
                Avenue SW, Mailstop 3758, Washington, DC 20250-3700.
                 Hand- or courier-delivered submittals: Deliver to 1400
                Independence Avenue SW, Jamie L. Whitten Building, Room 350-E,
                Washington, DC 20250-3700. Instructions: All items submitted by mail or
                electronic mail must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS-
                2021-0010. Comments received in response to this docket will be made
                available for public inspection and posted without change, including
                any personal information, to https://www.regulations.gov.
                 Docket: For access to background documents or comments received,
                call (202) 720-5627 to schedule a time to visit the FSIS Docket Room at
                1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-3700.
                 Agenda: FSIS will finalize an agenda on or before the meeting date
                and post it on the FSIS web page at https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/newsroom/meetings
                 Please note that the meeting agenda is subject to change
                due to the time required for reviewing and adopting the reports; thus,
                sessions could end earlier or later than anticipated. Please plan
                accordingly if you would like to attend this meeting or participate in
                the public comment period.
                 Also, the official transcript of the April 22, 2021 Committee
                meeting, when it becomes available, will be kept in the FSIS Docket
                Room and will also be posted on https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/data-collection-and-reports/nacmcf/meetings/nacmcf-meetings.
                 The mailing and Email address for the contact person is: Laarina
                Mullings, USDA, FSIS, Office of Public Health Science, 1400
                Independence Avenue SW, Whitten Building Room 341E, Washington, DC
                20250; Email: [email protected].
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Persons interested in providing
                comments at the April 22 plenary session should contact Laarina
                Mullings: Phone: (202) 720-2644; Email: [email protected].
                 Sign Language Interpretation: Persons requiring a sign language
                interpreter or other special accommodations should notify Ms. Mullings
                by April 14, 2021.
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                Background
                 The NACMCF was established in 1988, in response to a recommendation
                of the National Academy of Sciences for an interagency approach to
                microbiological criteria for foods, and in response to a recommendation
                of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, as
                expressed in the Rural Development,
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                Agriculture, and Related Agencies Appropriation Bill for fiscal year
                1988. The charter for the NACMCF is available for viewing on the FSIS
                internet web page at https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/data-collection-and-reports/nacmcf/committee-charter.
                 The NACMCF provides 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, including development of microbiological criteria and
                review and evaluation of epidemiological and risk assessment data and
                methodologies for assessing microbiological hazards in foods. The
                Committee also provides scientific advice and recommendations to the
                Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Departments of
                Commerce and Defense.
                 Mrs. Sandra Eskin, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA, is
                the Acting Committee Chair; Dr. Susan T. Mayne, Director of the Food
                and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
                (CFSAN), is the Vice-Chair; and Mr. John J. Jarosh, FSIS, is the
                Director of the NACMCF Secretariat and Designated Federal Officer.
                Documents Reviewed by NACMCF
                 FSIS will make the draft reports considered by NACMCF regarding its
                deliberations available to the public prior to the Plenary Session on
                the FSIS web page.
                 Disclaimer: NACMCF documents and comments posted on the FSIS
                website are electronic conversions from a variety of source formats. In
                some cases, document conversion may result in character translation or
                formatting errors. The original document is the official, legal copy.
                 In order to meet the electronic and information technology
                accessibility standards in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act,
                NACMCF may add alternate text descriptors for non-text elements
                (graphs, charts, tables, multimedia, etc.). These modifications only
                affect the internet copies of the documents.
                 Copyrighted documents will not be posted on the FSIS website, but
                will be available for inspection in the FSIS Docket Room.
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                 Done at Washington, DC, on March 31, 2021.
                Cikena Reid,
                USDA Committee Management Officer.
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