Dupont Qualicon's BAX system - a genetics-based screening method - has been adopted by the United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service to detect Salmonella in meat and poultry.
Italian meat packer and foodservice operator Cremonini has reported net profits of €2.5 million for 2002, a welcome return to the black after the company incurred losses totalling some €13.5 million in 2001.
Researchers in Canada are developing a natural antibody cocktail that they claim can help prevent the most common foodborne germs, including E. coli and Salmonella, in a range of fresh foods including meats.
The Scientific Steering Committee has a number of new resolutions to help fight both BSE and TSE in Europe. The resolutions include the approval of a test kit for BSE from Swedish company Perbio Science.
A year of reorganisation and consolidation for Spanish meat group Campofrio ended with slight declines in sales and profits. But the company's East European operations performed particularly well during the year.
The 14 member companies of the Migros food group in Switzerland have generated combined sales of SF4bn for the first time ever, helped in particular by strong export sales from Swiss Delice and private labels.
A particularly strong performance from the cooked meats and ready meals unit helped France's Fleury Michon to post sales in excess of even its own bullish expectations in 2002 - and 2003 is likely to see even further growth.
A 40 per cent decline in customer numbers in the last few weeks of December as a result of allegations of fraud relating to the BSE crisis has impacted annual results at French fast food chain Buffalo Grill. But the company continues to protest its innocence.