The UK Food Standards Agency commissioning new research to evaluate the microbiology of mechanically separated meat (MSM) from poultry and pork in comparison with fresh meat cuts, meat preparations and minced meat.
The Agency wants to determine the safety of MSM compared to other meat products so that it can assess whether the current restrictions on their use are appropriate. The project will collect data on the types and numbers of microorganisms present in MSM, including foodborne pathogens like Salmonella and Campylobacter. It will include samples from all stages of production to determine how the microbial population changes during processing.
Applications from interested researchers must be submitted by 27 January 2014 and more details can be found here.