The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) will hold public meetings from March 16 – 20, 2009, in Washington, D.C.

The committee will discuss options of the most appropriate technologies for FSIS to adopt in performing routine and baseline microbiological analyses, and parameters for inoculated pack-challenge study protocols.

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The subcommittee on Determination of the Most Appropriate Technologies for FSIS to Adopt in Performing Routine and Baseline Microbiological Analyses will hold open meetings on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday, March 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The subcommittee on Parameters for Inoculated Pack-Challenge Study Protocols will hold open meetings on Wednesday, March 18, and Thursday, March 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. All subcommittee meetings will meet at the Aerospace Center, 901 D Street, SW, Rooms 369-371, Washington, D.C.

The full committee will meet on Friday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the conference room at the south end of the cafeteria located in the USDA South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C.