[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 9 (Tuesday, January 14, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 2105-2106]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-00337]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2019-0030]


National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for
Foods; Renewal

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of intent to renew committee charter.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this
notice is announcing the intention of the USDA and the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS) to renew the charter for the
National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods
(NACMCF). The purpose of NACMCF is to provide impartial, scientific
advice, and peer reviews to Federal food safety agencies for use in the
development of an integrated national food safety systems approach that
assures the safety of domestic, imported, and exported foods.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Thomas, Advisory Committee
Specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and
Inspection Service (FSIS), Room 9-177B Patriots Plaza III, 1400
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-3700. Telephone number:
(202) 690-6620.

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, Agriculture, and Related Agencies
Appropriation Bill for fiscal year 1988. The NACMCF provides scientific
advice and recommendations to the USDA and HHS 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 USDA, in cooperation with HHS, is announcing its intent to
renew the NACMCF's charter. The charter is available on the FSIS web
page at https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/data-collection-and-reports/nacmcf/committee-charter. The renewal of
NACMCF's charter is necessary and in the public interest because of the
need for external expert advice on the range of scientific and
technical issues that must be addressed by the USDA and HHS to ensure
the safety of domestic, imported, and exported foods.
    Members of NACMCF will be appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture
after consultation with an Executive Committee that represents five
participating Agencies in NACMCF: The Food Safety and Inspection
Service (FSIS), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS), and the Department of Defense's Defense Logistics
Agency for advice on membership appointments. Because NACMCF reviews
and evaluates complex issues, NACMCF is expected to meet one or more
times per year.

Congressional Review Act

    Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act at 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.,
the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has determined that
this notice is not a ``major rule,'' as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

Additional Public Notification

    FSIS will announce this notice online through the FSIS web page
located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations_&_policies/Federal_Register_Notices/index.asp.
    FSIS also will make copies of this Federal Register publication
available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide
information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal
Register notices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information
that could affect or would be of interest to constituents and
stakeholders. The Constituent Update is available on the FSIS web page.

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Through the web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much
broader, more diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an email
subscription service that provides automatic and customized access to
selected food safety news and information. This service is available at
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/subscribe. Options range from recalls to
export information to regulations, directives, and notices. Customers
can add or delete subscriptions themselves and have the option to
password protect their accounts.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

    No agency, officer, or employee of the USDA shall, on the grounds
of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual
orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status,
income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs,
exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to
discrimination, any person in the United States under any program or
activity conducted by the USDA.

How To File a Complaint of Discrimination

    To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program
Discrimination Complaint Form, which may be accessed online at:
http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_12.pdf, or write a letter signed by you or your
authorized representative.
    Send your completed complaint form or letter to USDA by mail, fax,
or email:
    Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of
Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410.
    Fax: (202) 690-7442.
    Email: [email protected].
    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for
communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), should contact
USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    Done at Washington, DC on:
    Dated: January 8, 2020.
Cikena Reid,
USDA Committee Management Officer.
[FR Doc. 2020-00337 Filed 1-13-20; 8:45 am]
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