Scientists in Scotland have developed a laser that kills all pathogens on the surface of cooked meat.
The University of Glasgow believes the system could offer processors and retailers extra assurances that meat has not been contaminated between cooking and packing.
Trials are still at an early stage and on a small scale. But food industry consultant Richard Payne & Associates said it was exploring opportunities for commercialising the system.
MD Richard Payne said: “We think it could dramatically reduce the chance of a product recall, through the elimination of pathogens.”