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The National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection; Nominations for Membership

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AGENCY:

Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), USDA.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting nominations for membership on the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI). The full Committee consists of no less than 16 and no more than 18 members, and each person selected is expected to serve a two year term. Existing members can serve three consecutive two year terms. USDA is soliciting nominations in order to fill 16 to 18 vacancies on the Committee.

DATES:

Nomination materials must be received no later than October 12, 2006.

ADDRESSES:

Nominations should be submitted by e-mail to NACMPI@fsis.usda.gov, or by mail to Dr. Barbara J. Masters, Administrator, Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), USDA, in care of the Advisory Committee Specialist, Room 405 Aerospace Building, 901 D Street, SW., Washington, DC 20250-3700, or by fax to (202) 690-6519.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Loraine Cannon, (202) 690-6647.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app. 2, USDA is seeking nominees for membership on the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection. The Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary on meat and poultry inspection programs, pursuant to sections 7(c), 24, 301(a)(3), and 301(c) of the Federal Meat Inspection Act, 21 U.S.C. 607(c), 624, 645, 661(a)(3), and 661(c), and to sections 5(a)(3), 5(c), 8(b), and 11(e) of the Poultry Products Inspection Act, 21 U.S.C. 454(a)(3), 454(c), 457(b), and 460(e). Nominations for membership are being sought from persons representing industry, academia, State and local government officials, public health organizations, and consumers.

Nomination materials including the names of the nominees and their curricula vitae or résumés, must be submitted to the person described in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Applications, AD-0755 Advisory Committee Membership Background Information, are available on-line in Word and pdf format at: http://www.ocio.usda.gov/​forms/​ocio_​forms.html.

Appointments to the Committee will be made by the Secretary. To ensure that recommendations of the Committee take into account the needs of the diverse groups served by the Department, membership shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. It is anticipated that the Committee will meet at least twice annually.

Additional Public Notification

Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy development is important. Consequently, in an effort to ensure that minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are aware of this notice, FSIS will announce it on-line through the FSIS Web page located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/​regulations/​2006_​Notices_​Index/​. FSIS also will make copies of this Federal Register publication available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal Register notices, FSIS public meetings, recalls and other types of information that could affect or would be of interest to constituents and stakeholders. The update is communicated via Listserv, a free electronic mail subscription service for industry, trade and farm groups, consumer interest groups, allied health professionals, and other individuals who have asked to be included. The update is available on the FSIS Web page. Through the Listserv and Web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader and more diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an e-mail 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/​news_​and_​events/​email_​subscription/​. Options range from recalls to export information to regulations, directives and notices. Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves and have the option to password protect their account.

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Done at Washington, DC on September 7, 2006.

Barbara J. Masters,

Administrator.

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[FR Doc. E6-15060 Filed 9-11-06; 8:45 am]

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