The appointment of five external members of the Meat Hygiene Advisory Committee (MHAC) was announced yesterday by Suzi Leather, Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency. The MHAC is made up of Board members of the Food Standards Agency and independent experts, who will develop a strategic oversight of the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) to ensure that it operates efficiently and effectively. The committee's role is to consider, review and advise on the direction of meat hygiene policy (including BSE) within a framework set by the FSA Board.