ACMSF Agenda: 31 January 2013

To be held at 1pm in Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London WC2B 6NH.


1. Chair’s introduction

2. Apologies for absence

3. Declaration of interests

4. Minutes of the 78th meeting (ACM/MIN/78)
Members will be invited to approve ACM/MIN/78 as a correct record of the Committee’s 78th meeting.

5. Matters arising (ACM/1090)
The Secretariat has produced an information paper summarising action taken on points arising from the minutes of previous meetings.

6. Antimicrobial resistance (ACM/1091)

The Committee will be updated on developments and emerging issues in relation to antimicrobial resistance and asked whether ACMSF need to consider this issue in more detail.

Veterinary Medicines Directorate to give a presentation on antimicrobial resistance

7. Application of molecular epidemiology to investigation of foodborne disease outbreaks (ACM/1092)

The FSA will present the report of the workshop on the above topic to the Committee for comments. (ACM/1092a)

Prof Sarah O’Brien to give a presentation on a new project applying a molecular epidemiological surveillance approach in investigation of gastrointestinal disease outbreaks


Dr Paul Cook will update Members on the outcome of the Epidemiology of Foodborne Infections Group meetings which took place on 20 June and 6 December 2012. (ACM/1093 and ACM/1094)

AHVLA to give a presentation on Salmonella surveillance in Great Britain

9. Science Governance in the FSA (ACM/1095)
The FSA will provide an update on the review of science governance in the FSA and the implications for Scientific Advisory Committees.

10. Committee sub-groups

Ad Hoc Group on Foodborne Viral Infections
Professor Sarah O’Brien will report on the Group’s eighth, ninth and tenth meetings

Ad Hoc Group on Raw, Rare and Low Temperature Cooked Foods
Dr Roy Betts will report on the Group’s first, second and third meetings

11. Dates of future meetings (ACM/1096)

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/1097: Science in the Scientific Advisory Committees
ACM/1098: Update from other Scientific Advisory Committees
ACM/1099: ACMSF Work plan
ACM/1100 and ACM/1101: CERF Horizon scanning newsletters
ACM/1102: Items of interest from the literature
ACM/1103: Codes Committee on Food Hygiene November 2012 meeting
ACM/1104: Summaries of subgroup meetings