The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has invited bids from contractors to carry out research into the future of meat controls.
The food watchdog said it has carried out work to identify food safety hazards connected to meat production, as well as ways to establish methods for their control.
The issue has been highlighted as a priority for the FSA. In 2007, it agreed to adopt a more risk and evidence-based, proportionate and targeted approach to the regulation of meat hygiene
Present and future research in this area is aimed at providing the scientific base for an improved meat inspection regime, as well as informing the review of the current regulatory framework.
The current review is centring on two broad aims; to ensure the safety of food in the UK and to establish a regulatory system that identifies the responsibilities of all industry players and boosts consumer confidence in food.
The deadline for applications is Monday 4 January, 2010.