ACMSF agenda: 17 March 2005

The fifty-fifth meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food will be held at 10.30 am on Thursday 17 March 2005 in Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London WC2B 6NH. This meeting is open to members of the public.

1. Chairman's introduction

2. Apologies for absence

3. Declaration of interests

4. Minutes of the 54th meeting (ACM/MIN/54)
Members will be invited to approve ACM/MIN/54 as a correct record of the Committee's 54th meeting.

5. Matters arising (ACM/727)
The Secretariat has produced an information paper summarising action taken on points arising from the minutes of previous meetings.

6. Salt reduction ' impact on food safety
Members will receive a paper from the Food Standards Agency outlining the Agency's work to reduce the level of salt in food, and will receive a report on the review being carried out on the impact of salt reduction on the microbiological safety of foods.

7. Microbiological status of ready to eat fruit and vegetables (ACM/729)
Members will receive an update paper from the Health Protection Agency on the microbiological status of ready to eat fruit and vegetables for their consideration.

8. Report from the Defra Antimicrobial Resistance Co-ordination Group (DARC) (ACM/730)
Members will receive a paper from DARC updating the Committee on progress since publication of the 1999 ACMSF Report on microbial Antibiotic Resistance in relation to food safety.

9. Antimicrobial treatment (decontamination) of poultry meat (ACM/731)
Members will receive a paper from the Food Standards Agency outlining a draft Commission Regulation laying down specific conditions for antimicrobial treatment of food of animal origin for consideration.

10. Committee sub-groups

  • The Chair of the Ad Hoc Group on Infant Botulism (Professor O'Brien) will report on the progress of this Group.
  • The Chair of the Ad Hoc Group on Botulism in cattle (Professor Reilly) will report on the progress of this Group.
  • The Chair of the Ad Hoc Group on Imported Foods (Mr Mepham) will report on the progress of this Group. (ACM/732)
  • The Chair of the Ad Hoc Group on Newly-emerging pathogens (Professor Hunter) will report on the progress of this Group.

    11. EFIG
    The Chair of the Epidemiology of Foodborne Infection Group (Dr Hilton) will update the Committee on the outcome of the January meeting.

    12. Dates of future meetings (ACM/733)

    13. Any other business

    14. Public Questions and Answers
    Members of the public present will be invited to ask any questions they may have about the Committee and/or to make any statements.