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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNational Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for FoodsAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number1294
Original Establishment Date3/18/1988Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*30
Current Charter Date2/3/2017Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter2/3/2019Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Karen
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDR 1043-28Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Thomas-Sharp
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Agency Charter DR- 1043-28Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 690-6602
Effective Date Of Authority*3/18/1988Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 690-6364
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*karen.thomas-sharp@fsis.usda.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The NACMCF provides advice in response to technical and scientific questions regarding the development of microbiological criteria by which the safety and wholesomeness of the United States food supply can be assessed. The purpose of the committee is accomplished by providing advice contained within the final adopted reports. In 2012 the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) requested that the Committee evaluate the microbiological criteria, pathogen testing methodology, and sampling protocols for the Federal ground beef purchase program. On March 28, 2012 the Committee issued 15 recommendations, 13 of which AMS implemented for purchases in school year 2012-2013 assisting the School Lunch Program. (Two recommendations are still under evaluation). This project has the highest level of impact in that ground beef safety for school children nationwide was refocused and improved. This project supports a children’s health, a priority for the Secretary of Agriculture. FSIS ground beef food safety programs were also informed. Additionally, committee advice often is used directly in food safety programs. For example the report on determining inoculated pack/challenges study protocols has been referenced in the FDA Food Code providing guidance to industry. The report on Campylobacter methodology contained advice on a detection method that was incorporated into an FSIS nationwide microbiological baseline study of raw poultry and eventually adopted as a standard analytical method in FSIS laboratories. A recent report on new technologies for microbiological testing is assisting USDA-FSIS in formulating plans to improve microbial pathogen testing of meat and poultry.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee consists of renowned expert microbiologists, epidemiologists, risk assessors, and scientists from related disciplines from industry, academia, federal and state governments and other organizations. The members have strong backgrounds in science, food safety research, as well as regulatory issues. Committee membership is from from all segments of the food industry, including meat, poultry, seafood, and produce and a consumer group representative. Other factors directing selection included diversity, geographic location, and the nominator of the candidate. In addition the NACMCF Executive Committee extensively reviews the candidates and carefully selects the composition of membership by matching scientific expertise to future work of the Committee. This Committee allows our federal food safety agencies to collaborate with the highest level of scientific expertise, gaining advice and input to US food safety programs. Executive Committee membership consists of key managers from four Federal Departments.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The NACMCF meets up to twice yearly to address specific scientific and technical questions posed by the sponsoring agencies and the subcommittees will meet as deemed necessary by the Chairperson, often up to 4 times per year. Recently we have supplemented in-person meetings with in-between computer-based net-meetings. This low cost way of holding subcommitttee meetings has allowed projects to be completed sooner.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee advice helps protect public health by generating food safety advice for US food safety programs, the food industry, and consumers. The Committee allows federal food safety agencies to collaborate with the highest level of scientific expertise on food safety issues so the most current science can be incorporated into programs. The NACMCF is necessary to provide outside expertise and specialized scientific and technical advice on questions provided by the sponsoring agencies based on the development of regulatory food safety policy. NACMCF technical and scientific advice is provided to federal agencies responsible for ensuring the safety of the food supply so that the agencies can develop regulatory policies that are scientifically sound. The NACMCF serves to enhance the safety of our food supply, and this is in the public interest and assists the federal sponsors in meeting their statutory responsibilities. NACMCF also serves as an excellent public forum for food safety issues related to microbiological criteria for foods.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThe National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods provides scientific advice to US food safety programs and the Secretary of Agriculture has approved that this Comittee continue work to help protect public health. The Committee serves to enhance the safety of our nations's food supply, and this is in the public interest and assists the federal sponsors in meeting their statutory responsibilities. Two reports were adopted in FY 2018 Salmonella Control Strategies for Poultry and Virulence Factors and Attributes that Define Foodborne STEC as Severe Human Pathogens. Two new charges on "The Use of Water in Animal Slaughter and Processing" and "Appropriate Product Testing Procedures and Criteria to Verify Process Control for Microbial Pathogens in Ready-to-Eat" were presented in FY18. Costs do not include compensation for RGE members that serve on the Committee.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentCommittee provides critical scientific advice to particpating Federal Food Safety Agencies to enable them to establish food safety policy that is sound and science-based and results in public health protection/improvement.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe Committee's contributions to food safety programs are critical to public health protection.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*234Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIn FY18 the Committee adopted and provided recommendations to the following: 1) Salmonella Control Strategies for Poultry
2) Virulence Factors and Attributes that Define Foodborne STEC as Severe Human Pathogens.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*85.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentApproximatley 85% of NACMCF recommendations directed at USDA-FSIS are etiher fully or partially implemented. Comments: NACMCF recommendations and advice are transferred to participating food safety agencies through detailed scientific reports.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*15.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentSee above.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentInformation also provided through Agency Docket Office and an electronic Constituent update list-serve for stakeholders.
Agency Feedback CommentThere is no formal protocol, mechanism, or obligation for sponsoring agencies to provide feeback to NACMCF. However, the committee is often provided feedback at plenary meetings in the form of status and progress reports by agency officials on how committee work products are being used to improve food safety programs and regulations. Further, the committee's valuable contributions to food safety and hard work and efforts are acknowledged publicly at meetings. Many Committee recommendations were used in the development of guidance documents and regulations and are referenced in these documents.Narrative Description*The NACMCF supports the food safety/public health protection programs of the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Other food safety agencies such as the US Department of Commerce’s National Marine Fisheries Service, and the US Department of Defense's Veterinary Service Activity benefit from NACMCF recommendations. NACMCF scientific advice has been applied to USDA food safety programs that are aligned with the FSIS mission and strategic plan. NACMCF held a plenary meeting and two Subcommittee meetings in FY 2018.
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SUBCOMMITTEES

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Subcommittees

ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032795Subcommittee on Microbiological testing by industry of ready-to-eat foods under FDA’s jurisdiction for pathogens (or appropriate indicator organisms): verification of preventive controls2019
 COM-032794Subcommittee on The use of Water in Animal Slaughter and Processing2019
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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

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Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033408National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods2018
 COM-001178National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods2017
 COM-003094National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods2016
 COM-003285National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods2015
 COM-005194National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods2014
 COM-006036National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods2013
 COM-007389National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods2012
 COM-007577National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods2011
 COM-009496National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods2010
 COM-010191National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods2009
 COM-010570National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods2008
 COM-012121National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods2007
 COM-012439National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods2006
 COM-013949National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods2005
 COM-014286National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods2004
 COM-016182National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods2003
 COM-016490National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods2002
 COM-017960National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods2001
 COM-019044National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods2000
 COM-020081National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods1999
 COM-020091National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods1998
 COM-021784National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods1997