WASHINGTON – Nominations are being sought for membership on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (N.A.C.M.C.F.), announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Nominations are being sought for individuals with scientific expertise in the fields of epidemiology, food technology, microbiology, toxicology, chemistry, risk assessment, infectious disease, biostatistics and other related sciences. Individuals who may be currently employed by state and federal governments, industry, academia or consumer groups are invited to submit nominations.

Members who are not federal government employees will be appointed to serve as non-compensated special government employees (S.G.E.s). S.G.E.s will be subject to appropriate conflict of interest statutes and standards of ethical conduct.

U.S.D.A. is also seeking nominations for one person affiliated with a consumer group to serve on the N.A.C.M.C.F. This member will serve as a representative member to provide a consumer viewpoint, and is not required to have a scientific background.

Nominations and submissions must be received by Aug. 9, and should be sent to Karen Thomas-Sharp, advisory committee specialist, Room 333, Aerospace Center, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, D.C. 20250. Thomas-Sharp can be reached at (202) 690-6620, by fax at (202) 690-6634, or at Karen.Thomas-Sharp@fsis.usda.gov.