3M Food Safety’s next generation 3M Molecular Detection Assays for Listeria, Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella have been certified by NF Validation from AFNOR Certification. Earlier this year, all three assays were also designated by AOAC International as Official Methods. These pathogen test kits were introduced last year as part of the 3M Molecular Detection System platform, award-winning technology that leverages the combination of isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection. The test kits are accurate, faster to get results easy-to-use and offer a cost-effective solution with high sensitivity and specificity.
The NF Validation certification process is comprised of two phases, beginning with a method comparison study in which a single, expert lab thoroughly tests the new technology’s effectiveness versus standard methods. Subsequent to that, an inter-laboratory study occurs in which multiple laboratories compare the efficacy of both the new test method and reference method under defined conditions of reproducibility and repeatability.
The validations for the 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Listeria (Certificate reference number: 3M 01/14-05/16), Listeria monocytogenes (Certificate reference number: 3M 01/15-09/16), and Salmonella (Certificate reference number: 3M 01/16-11/16), certify that the test kits are each equivalent to or better than standard reference methods in detecting those pathogens in all human foods as well as in samples from the food processing environment, excluding primary production samples.
3M Food Safety is a leader of innovative solutions that help the food and beverage industries optimize the quality and safety of their products to enable consumer protection. It provides solutions that mitigate risk, improve operational efficiencies and impact bottom lines. For more information on the next generation 3M Molecular Detection Assay solutions, visit 3M.com/foodsafety/MDA2.