U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has appointed members to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection for the 2012-2014 term. This 17-member committee was established in 1971. They meet on food safety concerns and advise the Secretary of Agriculture on matters affecting federal and state inspection program activities. The committee also contributes to the department’s development of regulatory policy. According to Vilsack - the diverse perspectives on food safety that the committee members bring are invaluable to USDA’s success in ensuring the safety of the foods we eat. Vilsack says he is committed to aggressively decreasing the incidence of foodborne illnesses. He says the support of those serving on this advisory committee will be instrumental in the work of protecting the American people’s food supply.
New members of the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection are Dr. Carol Lorenzen of the University of Missouri, Sherika Harvey of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, Dr. John Marcy of the University of Arkansas Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, Christopher Waldrop of the Consumer Federation of America and Dr. Michael Rybolt of Hillshire Brands Company. The others appointed to the committee are returning members.
Public meetings of the advisory committee are scheduled for January 16th and 17th in Washington, D.C.