January 20, 2005, as reported
by just-food.com: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
has released new safety information including a preferred method
for killing tapeworms and their eggs in slaughtered meat and a new
test for detecting Taenia saginata cysticercosis, a particularly
hard to diagnose strand of tapeworm.
EFSA’s BIOHAZ panel says freezing pig, wild boar or cattle
carcasses at -10°C or lower for ten days or longer kills these
‘cysticerci’. This “provides a basis for the prevention
and control of human taeniosis” caused by tapeworms taenia
solium, saginata and saginata asiatica.
The panel also called for the speedy official validation of new
diagnostic meat tests detecting the pathogen Taenia saginata cysticercosis.
This is often missed by standard meat inspections, where existing
incision tests can cause cross-contamination. Blood sample analyses
awaiting EU approval “appear particularly promising.”