The National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) will host a two-day public meeting to review Listeria monocytogenes control at retail outlets, and the possibility of including mandatory features on the label of processed, not-ready-to-eat products that appear as ready-to-eat. The meeting will be held March 29-30.

Established in 1971, the 17-member NACMPI meets on food safety concerns and advises the Secretary of Agriculture on matters affecting federal and state inspection program activities. NACMPI also contributes to USDA's regulatory policy development. Additional details about the panel can be found on the NACMPI website.

The two issues will be presented to the full committee. The committee will then divide into two subcommittees to discuss. Each subcommittee will provide a report of their comments and recommendations to the full committee before the meeting concludes March 30.

The meeting will take place in the first floor auditorium of the Patriot Plaza III building, located at 355 E St., SW, Washington, DC 20024. Attendees are asked to pre-register for the meeting. Additional details and the meeting agenda will be accessible at the NACMPI website.

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For meeting information, contact Natasha Williams at (202) 690-6531 or natasha.williams@fsis.usda.gov.

FSIS welcomes comments through April 30 on the topics discussed at the NACMPI public meeting. Comments may be submitted via e-mail to: NACMPI@fsis.usda.gov or by mail to: National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection, USDA, FSIS, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Mail Stop 3778, Washington, DC 20250 or submitted via fax at: (202) 690-6519.

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