WASHINGTON – Nominations for membership to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) are being solicited by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for appointment in 2022. Eligible nominees include those with an interest and familiarity with food safety and FSIS policies, including those individuals with backgrounds working in small meat and poultry processing plants from a variety of geographic regions in the United States. Self-nominations are encouraged as are referrals by others who recommend those people working in academia or for industry professionals as well as officials working in public health roles or with state and local governments.

“NACMPI members play a significant role in advising on the safety and wholesomeness of the foods we eat,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.”

He added that perspectives of individuals representing diverse points of view and backgrounds are being targeted as the agency seeks to appoint 20 members who will provide him with recommendations and input on food safety regulations and policies.

“As USDA continues to advance racial justice and equity into its decision-making and policymaking process, attracting and appointing individuals from diverse perspectives and expertise to serve on NACMPI will be essential to accomplishing our food safety goals,” Vilsack said.

Nominations packages must be received by Feb. 18, 2022. More information about how to apply for membership is available from the NACMPI.