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Set up in 1990, this non-statutory committee provides expert advice to Government on questions relating to microbiological issues and food.
The Committee provides advice in response to requests from the Food Standards Agency and also on matters that Committee members themselves identify as important. It consists of independent experts drawn from a wide range of interests.
It has produced a number of comprehensive scientific reports, prepared by Working Groups and based on the most up-to-date information available. Agendas of meetings are published in advance on this website and Committee papers and minutes are placed on the website after each meeting. All of the three main meetings held each year are open to the public.
To assess the risk to humans of microorganisms which are used, or occur, in or on food, and to advise the Food Standards Agency on any matters relating to the microbiological safety of food.
The Food Standards Agency provides a secretariat for the Committee.
A new working group on antimicrobial resistance has been set up and will hold its first meeting on 9 September 2013. For more information see the Subgroups page.