Proteome Sciences has entered into an agreement with IDEXX Laboratories, to launch its BSE biomarkers for live cattle, the first testing kit of its kind. Current detection methods require brain tissue or spinal cord samples from slaughtered animals.
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.