WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that nominations are being sought for membership on the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection.

Nominations for membership are being sought from individuals representing industry, academia, State and local government officials, public health organizations, and consumers and consumer organizations. The full committee consists of 16 to 18 members, and each person is expected to serve a two-year term.

The NACMPI was established in 1971 to the provide advice and recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on meat and poultry inspection programs. Membership is drawn from a broad range of groups interested in food safety including consumers, producers, processors, exporters and importers of meat and poultry products, as well as those in academia, public health, and federal and state government.

Nominations must include the nominee's typed resume or curriculum vitae and should be submitted by e-mail to NACMPI@fsis.usda.gov or by mail to Alfred Almanza, Administrator, Food Safety and Inspection Service, in care of Faye Smith, Room 1175-South Building, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, D.C. 20250, or by fax to (202) 720-5704.

Nominations must be e-mailed or postmarked by Jan. 23, 2009. For further information, contact Faye Smith, Public Affairs Specialist, Congressional and Public Affairs Office at (202) 205-3826 or at Faye.Smith@fsis.usda.gov. The NACMPI Membership background information and an application form are available at online.