3M Receives Further Certification of Test Methods

3M Receives Further Certification of Test Methods

3M Clean Trace System achieves certification; Salmonella Molecular Test validation is extended.

May 23, 2019

3M Food Safety’s Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Salmonella has earned matrix extensions from AFNOR Certification for its NF Validation. The test was first certified by AFNOR (Certificate reference number: 3M 01/16-11/16) in February 2017 for detection of Salmonella spp. in all human foods as well as in samples from the food processing environment, excluding primary production samples. The pathogen test’s validation now encompasses samples taken from primary production as well as from animal feed and pet food. 

The Salmonella pathogen test kit is part of the 3M Molecular Detection System platform, award-winning technology that combines isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection to produce rapid, accurate results with fewer steps, reducing costs and technician time. Enhanced with a proprietary 3M nanotechnology, the test gives processors a streamlined workflow that enables same-day or next-day pathogen test results and faster, more confident food safety decisions. Comparative research shows that the 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Salmonella will process a batch of 96 samples 1.7 times faster than the closest competitive technology. Last year, the 3M Molecular Detection System became a primary method of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service for the detection of both Salmonella and Listeria. A full report on the research used for the certification will be published in the Journal of AOAC International within the next year.

Additionally, the 3M Clean-Trace Hygiene Monitoring and Management System, a rapid and comprehensive method for testing food or beverage manufacturing surfaces, has received AOAC Performance Tested Methods (PTM) Certificate No. 041901 from the AOAC Research Institute. The 3M Clean-Trace System’s performance claim to detect adenosine triphosphate (ATP) on common food manufacturing contact surfaces with consistency and stability was evaluated through the AOAC Performance Tested Methods (PTM) program.

The 3M Clean-Trace System can help bridge the gap between an immediate but imperfect visual inspection and the time-consuming process of microbial culturing of collected samples, the company said. It takes only seconds to test for the presence of ATP, a molecular indicator of biological residue. ATP testing and its benefits have been well-supported for many years throughout scientific literature, but not all systems perform equally. To make an informed choice that best meets their needs, manufacturers are encouraged to evaluate ATP solutions in their individual production environments prior to adoption. Additional research comparing the performance of the 3M Clean-Trace System with other ATP monitoring tools was conducted by the ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University and is available at 3M.com/CompareATP. For more information about the technology, visit 3M.com/CleanTraceTechnology.