Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced the appointment of five new members and 12 returning members to the National Advisory Committee on Meat & Poultry Inspection (NACMPI). Members from the industry, as well as consumer groups, are among those included.

NACMPI was established in 1971 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS). NACMPI is a discretionary advisory committee that advises on food safety concerns and other matters affecting federal and state inspection program activities. It also contributes to USDA’s regulatory policy development.

It is our goal to protect public health, prevent foodborne illness and promote confidence in the U.S. food safety inspection system, which is the most reliable and well documented in the world,” Perdue said. “These committee members, with their breadth of experience and expertise, will help inform USDA on best practices as we continue to protect public health with the latest advances in science and technology.”

The new NACMPI members appointed to serve two-year terms are:

  • Thomas Gremillion, Consumer Federation of America
  • James Jenkins, Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry
  • Dr. Amilton De Mello, University of Nevada
  • Tina Rendon, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp
  • Kimberly Rice, U.S. Foods

Committee members reappointed to NACMPI are:

  • Dr. Manpreet Singh, University of Georgia
  • Dr. Randall K. Phebus, Kansas State University
  • Dr. Patricia Curtis, Auburn University
  • Brian Sapp, White Oak Pastures
  • Sherri Jenkins, JBS USA
  • Dr. Betsy Booren, Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC
  • Dr. Alice Johnson, Butterball
  • Dr. Michael Crupain, “Dr. Oz” show.
  • Dr. Tanya Roberts, Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention
  • Kurt Brandt, United Food & Commercial Workers Union
  • Dr. Dustin Oedekoven, South Dakota State University
  • Dr. Kryzsztof Mazurczak, state of Illinois

For further information on NACMPI, visit the FSIS website.