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News | February 13, 2014

NACMCF Subcommittees to Hold Public Meetings on Norovirus, Microbiological Criteria

By Heidi Parsons

NACMCF Subcommittees to Hold Public Meetings on Norovirus, Microbiological Criteria


The National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) subcommittees will hold public meetings at the Patriot’s Plaza 3, 1st Floor Auditorium, 355 E. St., SW, Washington, DC 20024 on the following dates:

  • March 18-20: A subcommittee on Control Strategies for Reducing Foodborne Norovirus Infections will meet on Tuesday – Thursday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Subcommittee will continue discussions on improving control of the foodborne transmission of Human Noroviruses (HuNoV). The subcommittee will also assess the current state of knowledge on HuNoV.
  • March 25-27: A subcommittee on the Study of Microbiological Criteria as Indicators of Process Control or Insanitary Conditions will meet on Tuesday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to develop guidance to assist the Department of Defense (DOD) in refining its microbiological criteria for evaluation of process control and insanitary conditions at the point of production using both pathogens and indicator organisms. Updated standards will assist DOD in their evaluation of whether product produced under certain circumstances destined for U.S. military personnel is safe and wholesome. The information obtained from this project will assist all U.S. food safety agencies.

Anyone wishing to attend these meetings should contact Advisory Committee Specialist Karen Thomas at 202-690-6620 or via e-mail at karen.thomas-sharp@fsis.usda.gov.

Please note that due to increased security measures at Patriots Plaza III, all persons wishing to attend must RSVP in advance.