October 19, 2021

PMA’s Teplitski named to USDA’s advisory committee on microbiological criteria for foods

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has appointed 13 new members and 17 returning members to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF).

Members of the committee are chosen based on their expertise in microbiology, risk assessment, epidemiology, public health, food science and other relevant disciplines. One individual affiliated with a consumer group is included in the membership of the committee to serve in a representational capacity.

“As we invest in strengthening our food systems by supporting improved production and processing, NACMCF members offer expert advice on scientific and technical food safety issues,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack through a press release. “These individuals will play a significant role in helping to ensure the safety of our nation’s food supply.”

The activities of NACMCF are carried out, in part, by subcommittees that are focused on specific areas being considered by the full committee. NACMCF has made important contributions to a broad range of critical food safety issues. The committee reports provide current information and scientific advice to federal food safety agencies and serve as a foundation for regulations and programs aimed at reducing foodborne disease and enhancing public health. Federal food safety agencies involved with NACMCF are FSIS, FDA, CDC, Department of Commerce National Marine Fisheries Service and Department of Defense Veterinary Services.

The newly appointed NACMCF members to serve a two-year term are:

  • Max Teplitski, PMA Chief Science Officer

    Dr. Teshome Yehualaeshet, Tuskegee University

  • Dr. Yaohua (Betty) Feng, Purdue University
  • Dr. Bing Wang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Dr. Randy W. Worobo, Cornell University
  • Dr. Mahipal Kunduru, Topco Associates LLC
  • Dr. Elisabetta Lambertini, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
  • Ms. Joelle Mosso, Eurofins
  • Dr. Max Teplitski, Produce Marketing Association (PMA)
  • Dr. Joseph (Stan) Bailey, bioMérieux
  • Dr. Tanya Roberts, Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention
  • Ms. Janell Kause, USDA, Food Safety and Inspection Service
  • Dr. Andreas Keller, HHS, Food and Drug Administration
  • Lt. Col. Audrey McMillan-Cole, DVM, DoD, Defense Logistics Agency

See the full list of NACMCF members.

NACMCF will hold a public meeting of the full Committee and Subcommittees from Nov. 17-19, 2021. The Committee will discuss the following two new charges: Enhancing Salmonella Control in Poultry Products and Cyclospora cayetanensis Contamination. For more details about NACMCF charges or to register to attend this meeting, go to FSIS’ website at www.fsis.usda.gov/policy/federal-register-rulemaking/federal-register-notices.




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