ACMSF agenda: 25 September 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 67th meeting (ACM/MIN/67)
Members will be invited to approve ACM/MIN/67 as a correct record of the Committee’s 67th meeting.

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

6. Microbiological status of ready-to-eat foods
HPA will update the Committee on foodborne outbreaks linked to RTE foods including fresh produce.

7. Report on listeria in the elderly
Professor Humphrey will present the final report of the work on the Ad Hoc Group on Vulnerable Groups to investigate the incidence of listeriosis in the UK for discussion.

8. Survey of listeria in retail smoked fish
The FSA will present the findings of a recently published FSA survey to examine the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in retail smoked fish.

9. B14 Foodborne Diseases Research Programme
The FSA will update the Committee on the outcome of a review of its research programme on foodborne diseases.

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

11. Dates of future meetings

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:-

LACORS/HPA EU shopping basket study on RTE foods with a focus on L.monocytogenes
Update on outbreak of E. coli O157 in South Wales and subsequent developments
EFSA Annual Report 2007
ACMSF Annual Report 2007
Food Handlers Guidance
US Outbreak - Salmonella Saintpaul
Items of possible interest from the literature
Human Listeria monocytogenes infections in Europe