ACMSF agenda: 15 March 2007

To be held in Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London WC2B 6NH. If you wish to attend please contact the Secretariat.


1. Chairman's introduction

2. Apologies for absence

3. Declaration of interests

4. Minutes of the 61st meeting (ACM/MIN/61)
Members will be invited to approve ACM/MIN/61 as a correct record of the Committee's 61st meeting.

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

6. Toxoplasmosis and food
Members will receive a presentation from the Health Protection Agency on human toxoplasmosis in the UK, US and the Netherlands

7. Botulism in sheep and goats
The FSA will seek the view of the Committee on the foodborne risk to human health linked to botulism or suspected botulism in sheep and goats

8. Safe cooking of burgers - consultation response
Professor Peter Williams will present the finalised report on safe cooking of burgers, and the summary of consultation responses for agreement for publication.

9. Codex Food Hygiene meeting
Dr Paul Cook will update the Committee on the December 2006 meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene.

10. Committee sub-groups

  • The Chair of the Ad Hoc Group on Newly-emerging pathogens (Professor Hunter) will report on the progress of this Group.

11. Update on Avian Influenza
The FSA Assessor will update the Committee on recent developments.

12. EFIG
Dr Judith Hilton (Chair, EFIG) will update Members on the outcome of the Epidemiology of Foodborne Infections Group meeting which took place on 1 March.

13. Dates of future meetings

14. Any other business

15. 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.

Information papers:

Surveillance database for Local Authorities
VMD report on sales of antimicrobial products
Good Practice Guidelines for the independent Scientific Advisory Committees
Microbiological topics covered under the FSA's Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme
EFSA Report on trends and sources of zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance an foodborne outbreaks in the EU in 2005
Items of possible interest from the literature
MSFFG Clostridium Report
New Scientific Advisory Committee: FSA Board Paper
E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in spinach
Food Industry Guide on Mail Order Food
MSFFG Microbial Antibiotic Resistance Report