Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF)

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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.

Terms of reference

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 FSA provides a secretariat for the Committee.


New Chair sought for the ACMSF

The Food Standards Agency Chairman Heather Hancock is inviting applications to fill the post of Chair of the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF). This post became vacant on 31 March 2017. The ACMSF is the independent expert committee which advises the FSA on microbiological food safety.