Standing Committee on the Use of Public Health Data in FSIS Food Safety Programs

Statement of Task

A standing Committee for the Review of Food Safety and Defense Risk Assessments, Analyses and Data (working title Committee on the Use of Public Health Data in FSIS Food Safety Programs) will be formed to identify emerging issues related to risk-based food inspection and the work of USDA's FSIS that may be addressed by NRC and IOM studies. Studies will be undertaken by separately appointed ad hoc committees with the necessary expertise, to review specific data, risk assessments, vulnerability assessments, algorithms for using data to support risk-based food inspection, and other information of concern to FSIS. The ad hoc committees will prepare consensus reports that include the evaluation of the materials reviewed and detailed findings and recommendations.

The full standing committee will meet twice each year to review the performance of past studies; be briefed by agency liaisons about prospective study needs; identify emerging issues that the agency might wish to have addressed in a study; be briefed on new scientific methods or approaches relative to risk assessments or other issues of interest; and, discuss areas of expertise that should be added to or dropped from the standing committee. During the remainder of the year, the committee will operate by conference calls and email correspondence to discuss new studies, recommend the appropriate composition of study subcommittees, and conduct other business.

Meeting 5 September 22 & 23, 2011

Meeting four agenda December 13 & 14, 2010 (PDF)

Meeting three agenda April 15 & 16, 2010 (PDF)

Meeting two agenda June 3, 2009 (PDF)

Meeting one agenda November 6, 2008 (PDF)