ACMSF agenda: 5 June 2008

To be held at 10.30am in Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London WC2B 6NH.


1. Chair’s introduction

2. Apologies for absence

3. Declaration of interests

4. Minutes of the 66th meeting (ACM/MIN/66)
Members will be invited to approve ACM/MIN/66 as a correct record of the Committee’s 66th meeting.

5. Matters arising (ACM/907)
The Secretariat has produced an information paper summarising action taken on points arising from the minutes of previous meetings.

6. Interim Report on Listeria in the elderly (ACM/908)
Professor Humphrey will present an interim report of the work of the Ad Hoc Group on Vulnerable Groups to investigate the incidence of listeriosis in the UK.

7. IID 2 Study (ACM/909)
The FSA will update the Committee on a large FSA-funded study of infectious intestinal disease to inform work to assess the burden of foodborne disease.

8. Botulism in sheep and goats (ACM/910)
Professor Williams will present the final report on the work of the Ad Hoc Group on botulism in cattle, sheep and goats to assess the potential risk to human health from food chain issues linked to botulism in sheep and goats, for discussion.

9. Good Practice Guidance Assessment (ACM/911)
The Secretariat will present a paper summarising members’ self-assessment of the Committee’s work against the FSA’s Good Practice Guidance for Committees.

10. Committee sub-groups
Professor Humphrey will report on the progress of the Working Group on Surveillance

11. Dates of future meetings (ACM/912)

12. Any other business

13. 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:

ACM/913: LACORS/HPA EU study on the microbiological examination of dried spices and herbs
ACM/914: LACORS/HPA Pilot study: Assessment of the microbiological safety of RTE nuts
ACM/915: Revised ACMSF Code of Practice
ACM/916: EFSA Opinion on four substances used to decontaminate poultry carcasses
ACM/917: Update on outbreak of E. coli O157 in South Wales and subsequent developments
ACM/918: WHO/FAO/OIE Expert Meeting on Critically Important Antimicrobials
ACM/919: Pen portraits
ACM/920: Items of possible interest from the literature