1. Chairman's introduction
2. Apologies for absence
3. Minutes of the 36th meeting ACM/MIN/36
Members will be asked to agree ACM/MIN/36 as a correct record of the meeting held on 17 March 2000.
4. Matters arising
5. Campylobacter ACM/475
Members will receive a draft report of the Microbiological Safety of Food Funders' Group on UK publicly-funded research relating to Campylobacter.
6. Ready-to-eat fruit and vegetables ACM/476
The Public Health Laboratory Service will present a paper exploring whether there is significant human illness associated with the consumption of ready-to-eat fresh fruit and vegetables. This will enable members to assess the need for further ACMSF work in this area.
7. Salmonella in Eggs Working Group : partial draft report ACM/478
The Working Group's Chairman, Dr Mike Painter, will introduce a partial draft of the Working Group¿s report. The aim is to afford members an opportunity to comment on the shape and coverage of the report so far and to point out any omissions or areas of major disagreement.
8. Clostridium botulinum ACM/479
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will present a report of a literature review on Clostridium botulinum in preserved products.
9. Briefing the Food Standards Agency Board, and review of risk assessment.
The Chairman will give an oral report on his participation in
- a briefing and discussion session for the FSA Board on 24 May; and
- a review of the principles and procedures of risk assessment used by the Government¿s scientific committees dealing with food safety. ACM/474
Surveillance Working Group ACM/481
The Chairman will introduce a paper recommending the setting up of a standing Surveillance Working Group to help advise funding Departments in planning microbiological food surveillance and animal and human surveillance projects.
FSA survey of raw chicken ACM/482
The FSA will seek the advice of members in connection with their planned surveillance of raw chicken on retail sale for Salmonella and Campylobacter.
11. Any other business
12. Meetings for remainder of 2000.
The Committee is scheduled to meet on 19 September and 5 December.
PAPERS CIRCULATED FOR INFORMATION
Microbial antibiotic resistance
ACM/483 Report of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate on Sales of Antimicrobial Products used as veterinary medicines or growth promoters.
EU SCVM Report on Foodborne Zoonoses
ACM/484 Press release and extract from The Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures relating to Public Health Report on Foodborne Zoonoses.
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