USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service Monday announced its National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) will meet on June 4-6 in Washington, D.C. The 25-year-old advisory committee will discuss reducing foodborne illness from Norovirus and using microbiological criteria as indicators of process control and insanitary conditions. The 30-member group hails from academic, industry and government circles. The group has recently issued final reports on:

  • Response to Questions Posed by the Food Safety and Inspection Service Regarding Determination of the most Appropriate Technologies for the Food Safety and Inspection Service to Adopt in Performing Routine and Baseline Microbiological Analyses”,
  • “Parameters for Inoculated Pack/Challenge Study Protocols”, and
  • “Assessment of the Food Safety Importance of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis.”

During the June 4-6 meetings, two subcommittees will run break-out sessions concurrently on from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on June 4, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 5 and 6. One subcommittee will focus on Norovirus and the other Microbiological Criteria. Meeting information, including the final agenda when available and minutes for past NACMCF meetings can be found here.