The charter of the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) was re-established by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. He also appointed members to the committee for 2010-2012.

"The diverse perspectives that NACMPI members bring to Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is invaluable to our mission and success in ensuring the safety and wholesomeness of the foods we eat," Vilsack said. "I am firmly committed to aggressively decreasing the incidence of foodborne illnesses and with the support of these individuals, I am confident that we will be able to protect the American people's food supply."

NACMPI, which was established in 1971, meets on food safety concerns and advises the USDA Secretary on matters affecting federal and state inspection program activities. It also contributes to USDA regulatory policy development. Recommendations are sent to USDA's Under-Secretary for Food Safety for consideration and review by the Secretary of Agriculture.

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