WASHINGTON – The charter of the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (N.A.C.M.P.I.) was re-established by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. He also appointed members to the committee for 2010-2012.

"The diverse perspectives that N.A.C.M.P.I. members bring to Food Safety and Inspection Service [F.S.I.S.] is invaluable to our mission and success in ensuring the safety and wholesomeness of the foods we eat," Mr. Vilsack said. "I am firmly committed to aggressively decreasing the incidence of foodborne illnesses and with the support of these individuals, I am confident that we will be able to protect the American people's food supply."

N.A.C.M.P.I., which was established in 1971, meets on food-safety concerns and advises the Secretary of Agriculture on matters affecting federal and state inspection program activities. It also contributes to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (U.S.D.A.’s) regulatory policy development. Recommendations are sent to U.S.D.A.'s Under Secretary for Food Safety for consideration and review by the Secretary of Agriculture.

Members of the committee include: Patricia Buck, Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention; Dr. Fur-Chi Chen, Tennessee State University; Brian Covington, Keystone Foods LLC; Dr. Catherine Cutter, Pennsylvania State University; Nancy Donley, Safe Tables Our Priority; Veneranda Gapud, private individual; Dr. Craig Henry, Deloitte & Touche LLP; Dr. Cheryl Jones, Morehouse School of Medicine; Dr. Heidi Kassenborg, Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Sarah Klein, Center for Science in the Public Interest; Dr. Shelton Murinda, California State Polytechnic University; Dr. Edna Negrón, University of Puerto Rico; Robert Reinhard, Sara Lee Corporation; Dr. Craig Shultz, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture; Dr. Stanley Stromberg, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry; Dr. John Tilden, Michigan Department of Agriculture; Carol Tucker-Foreman, Consumer Federation of America; Steve Warshawer, Mesa Top Farm; Dr. J. Byron Williams, Mississippi State University; and Leonard Winchester, Public Health - Seattle & King County.

For more information, visit www.fsis.usda.gov/About_FSIS/NACMPI.