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National meat and poultry group reviews retail Listeria controls

The National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) is poised to review Listeria monocytogenes control at retail outlets and consider mandatory features on the labels of processed, not-ready-to-eat products that appear as ready-to-eat.

A two-day public meeting is set for March 29-30 at the Patriot Plaza III building in Washington, DC. Attendees are asked to pre-register.

listeriabug_406x250Additional details and the meeting agenda will be accessible at the NACMPI website.

Established in 1971, the 17-member NACMPI meets on food safety concerns and advises the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on matters affecting federal and state inspection programs. NACMPI also contributes to USDA’s regulatory policy development efforts.

The NACMPI’s full committee will divide into two subcommittees to discuss the main agenda topics: retail controls for Listeria and whether mandatory labeling should be imposed on processed, not-ready-to-eat products that appear as ready-to-eat. Each subcommittee will provide a report and recommendations to the full committee before the meeting concludes March 30.

Contact Natasha Williams at 202-690-653 or natasha.williams@fsis.usda.gov. for more information.

FSIS welcomes comments through April 30 on the topics discussed at the NACMPI public meeting. Comments may be submitted:

  • via email to: NACMPI@fsis.usda.gov
  • by direct mail to: National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection, USDA, FSIS, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Mail Stop 3778, Washington, DC 20250
  • via fax at: 202-690-6519.

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