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The Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food has published its annual report for 1996. ...
The Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food has published its annual report for 1996.

The report reviews the topics addressed by the committee during the course of 1996, and summarises ongoing and planned future work. The report also sets out the committee's terms of reference, details of membership and a register of members' interests.

Members of the committee are drawn from the microbiological, medical and veterinary professions, public and environmental health, consumer affairs, the food industry, food science, retailing, catering and food research.

To date, the ACMSF has published reports on Salmonella in eggs, vacuum packaging and associated processes, Campylobacter, verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia-coli (VTEC) and poultry meat.

-- The role of the ACMSF is to provide the government with independent expert advice on the microbiological safety of food. The committee's chairman is Professor D L Georgala, an independent scientific consultant and retired Director of the Institute of Food Research.

-- The committee's terms of reference are:

'to assess the risk to humans of microorganisms which are used, or occur, in or on food, and to advise ministers on the exercise of powers in the Food Safety Act 1990, relating to the microbiological safety of food.'

Copies of the report are available from the Department of Health, PO Box 410, Wetherby, LS23 7LN, price£4.95, quoting ISBN 1 85839 7243.

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