ACMSF agenda: 29 May 2012

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


1. Chair’s introduction

2. Apologies for absence

3. Declaration of interests

4. Minutes of the 77th meeting (ACM/MIN/77)
Members will be invited to approve ACM/MIN/77 as a correct record of the Committee’s 77th meeting.

5. Matters arising (ACM/1063)
The Secretariat has produced an information paper summarising action taken on points arising from the minutes of previous meetings.

6. Internalisation of pathogens by fresh produce (ACM/1064)
The Committee will receive a presentation on pathogen internalisation by fresh produce and recent research on this topic from the James Hutton Institute.

7. ACMSF risk assessment (ACM/1065)
The Secretariat will present a paper on the output options for ACMSF risk assessments.

8. Update on Social Science Research (ACM/1066)
The Social Science Research Unit will present an update on research of relevance to microbiological food safety including the evidence review of food safety behaviour in the home, the in home food safety behaviours study and the Food and You survey.

9. Risk profile in relation to toxoplasma in the food chain (ACM/1067)
Dr Rick Holliman will present the response to the public consultation on the Ad Hoc Group on Vulnerable Groups risk profile in relation to toxoplasma in the food chain.

10. Horizon scanning
ACMSF’s catering horizon scanning subgroup will brief the Committee on the outcome of their first meeting

11. Committee sub-groups

Ad Hoc Group on Foodborne Viral Infections
Professor Sarah O’Brien will report on the Group’s seventh meeting

Working Group on Newly Emerging Pathogens
Professor Peter Williams will report on the Group’s fourth meeting
Statement on Bovine Neonatal Pancytopenia (ACM/1068)

Surveillance Working Group
Dr Roy Betts will report on the recent work of the Group

12. Dates of future meetings (ACM/1069)

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.

Information papers:-

ACM/1070: Update from other Scientific Advisory Committees
ACM/1071: ACMSF Work Plan
ACM/1072: CERF Horizon Scanning Newsletter
ACM/1073: Blackett review of high impact low probability risks
ACM/1074: ECDC Operational guidance on rapid risk assessment methodology
ACM/1075: Items of interest from the literature
ACM/1076 FSA Board paper on microbiological safety of raw milk and minutes of Board meeting (ACM 1076a)
ACM/1077: The microbiological safety of sprouted seeds
ACM/1078: Summary of Foodborne Viral Infections meeting
ACM/1079: ACMSF response to the WRAP report on: quality, safety and use of digestate in UK agriculture