MEMBERS NAMED TO NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON MICROBIOLOGICAL CRITERIA FOR FOODS
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2007 - Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced new appointments to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF). He also reappointed several members. Thirty scientific experts representing disciplines related to health and food safety issues have been selected to serve.
The NACMCF, 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 (Veterinary Service Activity). The NACMCF 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 are scientists from government, industry, academia and consumer groups. Committee members serve a two-year term, with the possibility of two additional consecutive terms.