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Release No. 0182.05
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USDA NAMES MEMBERS TO NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON MICROBIOLOGICAL CRITERIA FOR FOODS

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2005 - Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today appointed new members to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. Thirty scientific experts representing disciplines related to health and food safety issues have been chosen to serve.

This advisory committee, established in 1988, provides scientific advice on public health issues relative to the safety and wholesomeness of the U. S. food supply. The committee also assists in the development of microbiological criteria and reviews and evaluates epidemiological and risk assessment data as well as methodologies for assessing microbiological hazards.

The committee serves the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (Food Safety and Inspection Service), Health and Human Services (Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Commerce (National Marine Fisheries Service) and Defense. The committee normally meets two to three times annually with subcommittees meeting more often as necessary.

The secretary of agriculture appoints committee members following consultation with the secretary of health and human services. Appointees represent government, industry, academia and consumers. Committee members serve a two-year term.

A complete list of appointees to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods is attached.

Dr. David Acheson

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Food & Drug Administration/CFSAN

College Park, Md.

Dr. Gary Ades

Wal-Mart, Inc.

Bentonville, Ark.

Dr. Larry Beuchat

University of Georgia

Center for Food Safety & Quality Enhancement

Griffin, Ga.

Dr. Kathryn Boor

Food Science Department

Cornell University

Ithaca, N.Y.

Dr. Scott Brooks

E & J Gallo

Modesto, Calif.

Dr. Peggy Cook

Safe Foods Corporation

Rogers, Ark.

Dr. Daniel Engeljohn

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Food Safety & Inspection Service

Washington, D.C.

Dr. Timothy Freier

Cargill, Inc.

Wayzata, Minn.

Mr. Spencer Garrett

U.S. Department of Commerce

National Marine Fisheries Service

Pascagoula, Miss.

Dr. Patricia Griffin

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Atlanta, Ga.

Dr. Linda Harris

Department of Food Science & Technology

University of California

Davis, Calif.

Dr. Walt Hill

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Food Safety & Inspection Service

Washington, D.C.

Dr. Michael Jahncke

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and

State University/VSAREC

Hampton, Va.

Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus

Food Science Department

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, N.C.

MAJ Robin King

U.S. Army Veterinary Corps

Northeast District Veterinary Command

Ft. Monmouth, N.J.

Ms. Barbara Kowalcyk

Beta Biostatistics, Inc.

Madison, Wisc.

Dr. John Kvenberg

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Food & Drug Administration/CFSAN

College Park, Md.

Dr. Joseph Madden

Neogen Corporation

Lansing, Mich.

Dr. Alejandro Mazzotta

McDonald's Corporation

Oak Brook, Ill.

Dr. Ann Marie McNamara

Silliker Inc.

Homewood, Ill.

Dr. Jianghong Meng

Department of Nutrition & Food Science

University of Maryland

College Park, Md.

Dr. Dale Morse

New York State Department of Health

Albany, N.Y.

Dr. Eli Perencevich

Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Baltimore, Md.

Ms.. Angela Ruple

U.S. Department of Commerce

National Seafood Inspection Laboratory

Pascagoula, Miss.

Dr. Donald Schaffner

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

New Brunswick, N.J.

Ms. Virginia (Jenny) Scott

Food Products Association

Washington, D.C.

Dr. John Sofos

Department of Animal Science

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, Colo.

Dr. Sterling Thompson

Hershey Foods Corporation

Hershey, Pa.

Dr. Irene Wesley

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

National Animal Disease Center

Ames, Iowa

Dr. Donald Zink

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Food & Drug Administration/CFSAN

College Park, Md.