July 15, 2010
On Thursday, July 15, USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service announced the reestablishment of the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) and the newly appointed members of the committee for 2010-2012.
Established in 1971, the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) advises the Secretary of the USDA on federal and state meat and poultry inspection programs. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) requires the Secretary to consult with a committee for advice on meat, poultry and egg inspection and safety programs. The twenty-person committee is appointed by the Secretary and each member serves for 2 years. The committee makes recommendations through the Under Secretary for Food Safety to the Secretary of Agriculture. You can read more about the committee structure on the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) website.
Congratulations to active NSAC participant Steve Warshawer of Mesa Top Farm, Beneficial Farm CSA, and La Montanita Coop in New Mexico and the National Good Food Network for his appointment to this advisory body! Steve will serve along side representatives of academic institutions, state agriculture departments, food companies, and non-profits including the Center for Science in the Public Interest and Consumer Federation of America. We know Steve will be a strong, reasoned farmer and good food voice on this important committee.