The European Commission believes that the results of the Electronic Identification of Animals (Idea) project, presented yesterday, confirm the feasibility of electronically tagging cattle, sheep and goats.
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.
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.