Food Safety and Inspection Service August 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Nominations for Membership on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods; Correction
Document Number: E6-13976
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published a document in the Federal Register on June 23, 2006, concerning Nominations for Membership on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF). Correction: In the Federal Register of June 23, 2006, Volume 71, Number 121, on page 36056, the last paragraph of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section states that ``Members (of the committee) are required to attend all meetings in- person as this is necessary for the functioning of the advisory committee.'' As a point of clarification, the physical presence of members at subcommittee working groups and at plenary sessions is critical to the continued success of the work of NACMCF. However, we realize that unexpected events or extenuating circumstances (e.g., a personal or family emergency) may result in a member's inability to attend a meeting in-person, and that attendance through teleconferencing may be necessary. Since this has been a less than optimal means to contribute to the work of the committee, members should make efforts to attend all meetings to the extent that it is possible to do so. In-person attendance is expected but is not a requirement. The Agency is publishing this corrected notice and is accepting nominations 30 calendar days from the date of the publication of this corrected notice. FSIS is republishing in this notice the entire contents from the prior Federal Register notice published on June 23, 2006Nominations for Membership on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. The only changes in this correction notice are about the in-person attendance of NACMCF members at NACMCF meetings and the date for accepting nominations. This corrected notice announces that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting nominations for membership on the NACMCF. Nominations for membership are being sought from individuals with scientific expertise in the fields of epidemiology, food technology, microbiology (food, clinical, and predictive), risk assessment, infectious disease, biostatistics, and other related sciences. Persons from State and Federal governments, industry, consumer groups, and academia, as well as all other interested persons, are invited to submit nominations. Members who are not federal government employees will be appointed to serve as non-compensated special government employees (SGEs). SGEs will be subject to appropriate conflict of interest statutes and standards of ethical conduct. The nominee's typed resume or curriculum vitae must be limited to five one-sided pages and should include educational background, expertise, and a select list of publications. For submissions received that are more than five one-sided pages in length, only the first five pages will be considered.
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses
Document Number: E6-13851
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are sponsoring a public meeting on September 12, 2006. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States positions that will be discussed at the 28th Session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand on October 30-November 3, 2006. The Under Secretary for Food Safety and FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties with the opportunity to obtain background information on the 28th Session of the CCNFSDU and to address items on the agenda.
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery Products
Document Number: E6-13361
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are sponsoring a public meeting on September 6, 2006. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States positions that will be discussed at the 28th Session of the Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery Products (CCFFP) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held in Beijing, China from September 18-22, 2006. The Under Secretary for Food Safety and FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties with the opportunity to obtain background information on the 28th Session of the CCFFP and to address items on the agenda.
Frequency of Foreign Inspection System Supervisory Visits to Certified Foreign Establishments
Document Number: E6-12565
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-08-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) FSIS is amending 9 CFR parts 327 and 381 to bring the frequency with which foreign inspection systems are required to make supervisory visits to certified establishments into agreement with the frequency with which the Agency makes supervisory visits to domestic establishments. This final rule does not affect in-plant inspection requirements. FSIS is deleting the requirement that supervisory visits take place ``not less frequent[ly] than one such visit per month.'' Instead, FSIS will require foreign inspection systems to make ``periodic supervisory visits'' to certified establishments to ensure that establishments meet FSIS requirements for certification to export meat and poultry to the United States.
Codex Alimentarius Commission: 23rd Session of the Codex Committee on Processed Fruits and Vegetables
Document Number: E6-12337
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) are sponsoring a public meeting on September 7, 2006 to provide draft U.S. positions and receive public comments on agenda items that will be discussed at the 23rd Session of the Codex Committee on Processed Fruits and Vegetables (CCPFV) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held in Arlington, VA, on October 16- 21, 2006. The Under Secretary and AMS recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to comment on the agenda items that will be debated at this forthcoming Session of the CCPFV.