§ Mr. Todd
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 18 March 2003,Official Report, column 644W, on food safety, whether the test techniques referred to will be the most accurate available for detecting salmonella in foodstuffs. 
§ Mr. Morley
The test techniques referred to in the answer given on 18 March 2003,Official Report, column 644W, on food safety, do not relate to the detection of salmonella in foodstuffs. They relate to the detection of meat and bone meal and other mammalian protein in fishmeal intended for the feeding of farmed animals.
In relation to testing for detecting salmonella in foodstuffs, the choice of technique will be dependent on many factors, with accuracy, robustness, simplicity, cost and other issues all needing to be taken into account. No one technique will be suitable for all foodstuffs, and it is incumbent on those undertaking the testing to make sure that the method they use is fit for purpose.