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Knabel reappointed to national food-safety advisory committee

Posted: June 2, 2010

Penn State food science professor Stephen Knabel was among 10 scientific experts recently reappointed by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.
Stephen Knabel

Stephen Knabel

The 30-member advisory committee, established in 1988, provides scientific advice on public health issues related to the safety and wholesomeness of the U. S. food supply. The committee also assists in the development of microbiological criteria and reviews and evaluates epidemiological and risk-assessment data as well as methodologies for assessing microbiological hazards.

The National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods serves the federal departments of Agriculture (Food Safety and Inspection Service), Health and Human Services (Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Commerce (National Marine Fisheries Service), and Defense (Veterinary Service Activity). Committee members serve two-year terms and meet up to two times annually, with subcommittees meeting more often as necessary.

The Secretary of Agriculture appoints committee members following consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Appointees are scientists from academia, industry and government.