WASHINGTON – The National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection will hold a public meeting Sept. 29-30 to review and discuss issues relating to data collection, analysis, response, and transparency, and strengthening policy and collaboration in pre-harvest food safety, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

The N.A.C.M.P.I. public meeting is scheduled for Sept. 29 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the South Building Cafeteria, U.S.D.A., 14th & Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. As part of this meeting, N.A.C.M.P.I. subcommittees will hold open meetings during their deliberations and report preparation. A complete agenda, registration, and documents relating to the meeting are available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/about_fsis/nacmpi/index.asp.

N.A.C.M.P.I. meets on food-safety concerns and advises the Secretary of Agriculture on matters affecting federal and state inspection program activities. It also contributes to U.S.D.A.'s regulatory policy development.

F.S.I.S. will accept comments from Sept. 16 through Oct. 18 on topics discussed at the N.A.C.M.P.I. public meeting. Comments can be submitted through e-mail at NACMPI@fsis.usda.gov.