National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods, 88197-88198 [2016-29271]

Download as PDF 88197 Notices Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 235 Wednesday, December 7, 2016 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2016–0042] National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice soliciting nominations for membership on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting nominations for membership on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF). There are 15 vacancies. Advisory Committee members serve a two-year term, renewable for two consecutive terms. USDA is seeking nominees with scientific expertise in the fields of microbiology, epidemiology, food technology (food, clinical, and predictive), toxicology, risk assessment, infectious disease, biostatistics, and other related sciences. USDA is seeking nominations for NACMCF from persons in academia, industry, State governments, and the Federal Government, as well as all other interested persons with the required expertise. Please note that federally registered lobbyists cannot be considered for USDA advisory committee membership. USDA is also seeking nominations for one individual affiliated with a consumer group to serve on the NACMCF. This member will serve as a representative member to provide a consumer viewpoint to the committee. This member will not be required to have a scientific background and will not be subject to a conflict of interest review. Members can serve on only one USDA advisory committee at a time. All asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:54 Dec 06, 2016 Jkt 241001 nominees will undergo a USDA background check. With the exception of the consumer representative member, any member who is not a Federal government employee will be appointed to serve as a non-compensated special government employee (SGE). SGEs will be subject to appropriate conflict of interest statutes and standards of ethical conduct. Nominations for membership on the NACMCF must be addressed to the Secretary of USDA and accompanied by a cover letter addressing the nomination, a resume or curriculum vitae, and a completed USDA Advisory Committee Membership Background Information form AD–755 available online at: https://www.ocio.usda.gov/ document/ad-755. A person may selfnominate, or a nomination can be made on behalf of someone else. The resume or curriculum vitae must be limited to five one-sided pages and should include educational background, expertise, and a list of select publications, if available, that confirm the nominee’s expertise for this work. For submissions received that are more than five one-sided pages in length, only the first five pages will be reviewed. DATES: All materials must be received by January 6, 2017. ADDRESSES: Nomination packages should be sent via email to karen.thomas-sharp@fsis.usda.gov and mailed to: Tom Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250, Attn: FSIS\Office of Public Health Science\National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (Karen Thomas-Sharp). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Karen Thomas-Sharp, Advisory Committee Specialist, by telephone at 202–690–6620 or by email karen.thomas-sharp@fsis.usda.gov. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. Comments may be submitted by either of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site (http://www.regulations.gov/) provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this Web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Follow the online instructions at that site for submitting comments. Mail, including CD–ROMS PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and hand or courier delivered items: Send to Docket Clerk, USDA, FSIS Docket Room, Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 8–163A, Washington, DC 20250–3700 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Instructions: All items submitted by mail or email must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS–2016– 0042. Comments received in response to this docket will be made available for public inspection and posted without change, including any personal information, to http:// www.regulations.gov/. Docket: For access to background documents or comments received, go to the FSIS Docket Room at Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E. Street SW., Room 8–164, Washington, DC 20250–3700 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All comments submitted in response to this notice, as well as background information used by FSIS in developing this document, will be available for public inspection in the FSIS Docket Room at the address listed above between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The NACMCF was established in March 1988, in response to a recommendation in a 1985 report of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Food Protection, Subcommittee on Microbiological Criteria, ‘‘An Evaluation of the Role of Microbiological Criteria for Foods.’’ The current charter for the NACMCF and other information about the Committee are available to the public for viewing on the FSIS Web site at: http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/nacmcf. The Committee provides scientific advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Health and Human Services concerning the development of microbiological criteria by which the safety and wholesomeness of food can be assessed. For example, one of the most recent efforts of the Committee is to provide the best scientific information available on Shiga Toxin producing E. coli, including providing recommendations on optimal detection and identification methodologies. Appointments to the Committee will be made by the Secretary of Agriculture after consultation with the Secretary of E:\FR\FM\07DEN1.SGM 07DEN1 88198 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 235 / Wednesday, December 7, 2016 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Health and Human Services to ensure that recommendations made by the Committee take into account the needs of the diverse groups served by the Department. The full Committee expects to meet at least once a year by teleconference or inperson, and the meetings will be announced in the Federal Register. The subcommittees will meet as deemed necessary by the chairperson through working group meetings in an open public forum. Subcommittees also may meet through teleconference or by computer-based conferencing (Webinars). Subcommittees may invite technical experts to present information for consideration by the subcommittee. The subcommittee meetings will not be announced in the Federal Register. FSIS will announce the agenda and subcommittee working group meetings through the Constituent Update, available online at: http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/cu. NACMCF holds subcommittee meetings in order to accomplish the work of NACMCF; all subcommittee work is reviewed and approved during a public meeting of the full Committee, as announced in the Federal Register. All data and records available to the full Committee are expected to be available to the public when the full Committee reviews and approves the work of the subcommittee. Advisory Committee members are expected to attend all inperson meetings during the two-year term to ensure the smooth functioning of the advisory committee. However, on rare occasions, attendance through teleconferencing may be permitted. Members must be prepared to work outside of scheduled Committee and subcommittee meetings and may be required to assist in document preparation. Committee members serve on a voluntary basis; however, travel expenses and per diem reimbursement are available. Regarding Nominees Who Are Selected All SGE and Federal government employee nominees who are selected must complete the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) 450 Confidential Financial Disclosure Report before rendering any advice or before their first meeting. With the exception of the consumer representative committee member, all committee members will be reviewed pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 208 for conflicts of interest relating to specific NACMCF work charges, and financial disclosure updates will be required annually. Members subject to financial disclosure must report any changes in financial holdings requiring additional disclosure. OGE 450 forms are available VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:54 Dec 06, 2016 Jkt 241001 on-line at: https://www2.oge.gov/web/ oge.nsf/Confidential%20Financial%20 Disclosure. Additional Public Notification Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy development is important. Consequently, FSIS will announce this Federal Register publication on-line through the FSIS Web page located at: http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/federal-register. FSIS also will make copies of this 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 our constituents and stakeholders. The Update is available on the FSIS Web page. 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 which 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, regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password protect their accounts. USDA Non-Discrimination 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. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Email: program.intake@usda.gov. 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: December 1, 2016. Alfred V. Almanza, Acting Administrator. 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or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings 
and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, 
delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency 
statements of organization and functions are examples of documents 
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Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 235 / Wednesday, December 7, 2016 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2016-0042]


National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice soliciting nominations for membership on the National 
Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting 
nominations for membership on the National Advisory Committee on 
Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF). There are 15 vacancies. 
Advisory Committee members serve a two-year term, renewable for two 
consecutive terms.
    USDA is seeking nominees with scientific expertise in the fields of 
microbiology, epidemiology, food technology (food, clinical, and 
predictive), toxicology, risk assessment, infectious disease, 
biostatistics, and other related sciences. USDA is seeking nominations 
for NACMCF from persons in academia, industry, State governments, and 
the Federal Government, as well as all other interested persons with 
the required expertise. Please note that federally registered lobbyists 
cannot be considered for USDA advisory committee membership.
    USDA is also seeking nominations for one individual affiliated with 
a consumer group to serve on the NACMCF. This member will serve as a 
representative member to provide a consumer viewpoint to the committee. 
This member will not be required to have a scientific background and 
will not be subject to a conflict of interest review.
    Members can serve on only one USDA advisory committee at a time. 
All nominees will undergo a USDA background check.
    With the exception of the consumer representative member, any 
member who is not a Federal government employee will be appointed to 
serve as a non-compensated special government employee (SGE). SGEs will 
be subject to appropriate conflict of interest statutes and standards 
of ethical conduct.
    Nominations for membership on the NACMCF must be addressed to the 
Secretary of USDA and accompanied by a cover letter addressing the 
nomination, a resume or curriculum vitae, and a completed USDA Advisory 
Committee Membership Background Information form AD-755 available 
online at: https://www.ocio.usda.gov/document/ad-755. A person may 
self-nominate, or a nomination can be made on behalf of someone else. 
The resume or curriculum vitae must be limited to five one-sided pages 
and should include educational background, expertise, and a list of 
select publications, if available, that confirm the nominee's expertise 
for this work. For submissions received that are more than five one-
sided pages in length, only the first five pages will be reviewed.

DATES: All materials must be received by January 6, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Nomination packages should be sent via email to 
karen.thomas-sharp@fsis.usda.gov and mailed to: Tom Vilsack, Secretary, 
U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20250, Attn: FSIS\Office of Public Health 
Science\National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for 
Foods (Karen Thomas-Sharp).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Karen Thomas-Sharp, Advisory 
Committee Specialist, by telephone at 202-690-6620 or by email 
karen.thomas-sharp@fsis.usda.gov.
    The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) invites interested 
persons to submit comments on this notice. Comments may be submitted by 
either of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web 
site (http://www.regulations.gov/) provides the ability to type short 
comments directly into the comment field on this Web page or attach a 
file for lengthier comments. Follow the online instructions at that 
site for submitting comments. Mail, including CD-ROMS and hand or 
courier delivered items: Send to Docket Clerk, USDA, FSIS Docket Room, 
Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 8-163A, Washington, DC 20250-
3700 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    Instructions: All items submitted by mail or email must include the 
Agency name and docket number FSIS-2016-0042. Comments received in 
response to this docket will be made available for public inspection 
and posted without change, including any personal information, to 
http://www.regulations.gov/.
    Docket: For access to background documents or comments received, go 
to the FSIS Docket Room at Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E. Street SW., Room 8-
164, Washington, DC 20250-3700 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday 
through Friday. All comments submitted in response to this notice, as 
well as background information used by FSIS in developing this 
document, will be available for public inspection in the FSIS Docket 
Room at the address listed above between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The NACMCF was established in March 1988, in response to a 
recommendation in a 1985 report of the National Academy of Sciences 
Committee on Food Protection, Subcommittee on Microbiological Criteria, 
``An Evaluation of the Role of Microbiological Criteria for Foods.'' 
The current charter for the NACMCF and other information about the 
Committee are available to the public for viewing on the FSIS Web site 
at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/nacmcf.
    The Committee provides scientific advice and recommendations to the 
Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Health and Human Services 
concerning the development of microbiological criteria by which the 
safety and wholesomeness of food can be assessed. For example, one of 
the most recent efforts of the Committee is to provide the best 
scientific information available on Shiga Toxin producing E. coli, 
including providing recommendations on optimal detection and 
identification methodologies.
    Appointments to the Committee will be made by the Secretary of 
Agriculture after consultation with the Secretary of

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Health and Human Services to ensure that recommendations made by the 
Committee take into account the needs of the diverse groups served by 
the Department.
    The full Committee expects to meet at least once a year by 
teleconference or in-person, and the meetings will be announced in the 
Federal Register. The subcommittees will meet as deemed necessary by 
the chairperson through working group meetings in an open public forum. 
Subcommittees also may meet through teleconference or by computer-based 
conferencing (Webinars). Subcommittees may invite technical experts to 
present information for consideration by the subcommittee. The 
subcommittee meetings will not be announced in the Federal Register. 
FSIS will announce the agenda and subcommittee working group meetings 
through the Constituent Update, available online at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/cu.
    NACMCF holds subcommittee meetings in order to accomplish the work 
of NACMCF; all subcommittee work is reviewed and approved during a 
public meeting of the full Committee, as announced in the Federal 
Register. All data and records available to the full Committee are 
expected to be available to the public when the full Committee reviews 
and approves the work of the subcommittee. Advisory Committee members 
are expected to attend all in-person meetings during the two-year term 
to ensure the smooth functioning of the advisory committee. However, on 
rare occasions, attendance through teleconferencing may be permitted.
    Members must be prepared to work outside of scheduled Committee and 
subcommittee meetings and may be required to assist in document 
preparation. Committee members serve on a voluntary basis; however, 
travel expenses and per diem reimbursement are available.

Regarding Nominees Who Are Selected

    All SGE and Federal government employee nominees who are selected 
must complete the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) 450 Confidential 
Financial Disclosure Report before rendering any advice or before their 
first meeting. With the exception of the consumer representative 
committee member, all committee members will be reviewed pursuant to 18 
U.S.C. 208 for conflicts of interest relating to specific NACMCF work 
charges, and financial disclosure updates will be required annually. 
Members subject to financial disclosure must report any changes in 
financial holdings requiring additional disclosure. OGE 450 forms are 
available on-line at: https://www2.oge.gov/web/oge.nsf/Confidential%20Financial%20Disclosure.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy 
development is important. Consequently, FSIS will announce this Federal 
Register publication on-line through the FSIS Web page located at: 
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/federal-register.
    FSIS also will make copies of this 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 our constituents and 
stakeholders. The Update is available on the FSIS Web page. 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 which 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, regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or 
delete subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password 
protect their accounts.

USDA Non-Discrimination 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: program.intake@usda.gov.
    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: December 1, 2016.
Alfred V. Almanza,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2016-29271 Filed 12-6-16; 8:45 am]
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