Animal & Veterinary
VMAC Fall 2004 Meeting Scheduled for October 13th
August 31, 2004
FDA's Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC) will meet on October 13, 2004, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the DoubleTree Hotel, Plaza Room III, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD. At the October 13, 2004 meeting, VMAC will discuss the microbial food safety of an antimicrobial drug application currently under review for use in food producing animals in accordance with FDA/Center for Veterinary Medicine's Guidance for Industry #152. Microbial food safety is that part of the human food safety evaluation that looks at the impact of the use an antimicrobial drug on the development of resistance among pathogenic, zoonotic bacteria of human health concern (Salmonella, E. coli, Campylobacter, etc.).
Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on the issues pending before the committee. Written submissions may be sent to Aleta Sindelar, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-3), Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855. Written comments must submitted by October 1, 2004. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 10:45 and 11:45 a.m. The time allotted for each presentation may be limited. Individuals wishing to make oral presentations should notify Aleta Sindelar (telephone number 301-827-4515, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or address above) before October 1, 2004. They should submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation. They will be notified of their allotted time prior to the meeting.
FDA welcomes public attendance at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Ms. Sindelar at least seven days in advance of the meeting.
Information concerning the issues of microbial food safety will be made available to the VMAC members and the public in advance of the meeting and posted on the Center for Veterinary Medicine's Home Page. A limited number of paper copies of the background information will be available at the registration table the day of the meeting.
Additional information about the VMAC meeting also will be posted on the FDA/Center for Veterinary Medicine Home Page. Up-to-date information on the VMAC meeting is also available on the FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area), code 301-451-2548.