USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Chooses 3M for Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli O157 Testing.
3M Food Safety is honored to announce that following rigorous performance evaluations against other commercially available rapid methods, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) has chosen 3M™ Molecular Detection System as the primary method to be used for the detection of Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli O157 (including H7), three major pathogenic organisms continually threatening food production and processing.
For over 150 years, the United States Department of Agriculture has worked to improve the lives of Americans through many facets, including transportation and production of food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) is devoted to their mission statement: “Protecting the public’s health by ensuring the safety of meat, poultry, and processed egg products,” and 3M Food Safety is proud to diligently work with them on this.
“Protecting food, consumers and businesses with innovative and reliable technologies has been at the core of everything we do, so the USDA FSIS’ selection of 3M as a partner is validation of the science and the spirit of our work,” said Polly Foss, 3M Food Safety Global Vice President. “The 3M™ Molecular Detection System has proven to be a highly accurate and efficient tool for many food producers globally.”
Pathogen Testing for Salmonella
Salmonella can infect the digestive tracts of humans, warm and cold-blooded animals (this includes your beloved pets), and the environment. Salmonella is known to be a significant problem in the poultry industry throughout the world and is tightly regulated. Poultry and meat-associated products are recognized as a recurrent vehicle for Salmonella outbreaks. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year Salmonellosis results in around 19,000 Salmonella-induced hospitalizations. 3M Food Safety is assisting the food and beverage industries to detect this dangerous pathogen through the use of the 3M™ Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Salmonella and the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Salmonella Express System.
Pathogen Testing for Listeria
Listeria is a ubiquitous and hardy bacterium. It can survive acidic, higher salt, or refrigerated conditions. Because of this, it poses a unique challenge to the food industry. But, not all species are pathogenic to humans and animals. L. monocytogenes, one of the species considered a pathogen may result in Listeriosis if ingested. In the United States, the CDC estimates that 1600 people are infected with Listeriosis annually. L. monocytogenes has a higher mortality rate (20%) when compared to Salmonella (1%). Unlike Salmonella the population at greatest risk for Listeriosis are pregnant women and their fetuses, newborns, elderly, and the immune-compromised. Demand for increased preventions and controls are being placed in the food industry; making it crucial to have a detection method that you can trust. The 3M™ Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Listeria and the 3M™ Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Listeria monocytogenes help you detect this harmful pathogen.
Pathogen Testing for E. coli
Escherichia coli (E. coli), another ubiquitous bacterium, is generally harmless and a common part of the human and animal digestive tract. However, the STEC pathotype is characterized by the ability to produce one or more shiga or shiga-like toxins. E. coli O157 belongs to the pathotype STEC and some infections are very mild with others being severe or even life threatening. The symptoms can vary, but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. Around 5–10% of infections lead to potential life-threatening hemorrhagic diarrhea and kidney failure known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). According to the CDC, STEC O157 and non-O157 result in about 63,000 and 113,000 episodes of foodborne illness per year, respectively. In fact, the recent multi-state outbreak associated with romaine lettuce was linked to E. coli O157 (H7) which resulted in 210 infections and 5 deaths. The 3M™ Molecular Detection Assay 2 – E. coli O157 (including H7) detection kit offered by 3M Food Safety is assisting the food and beverage industries to detect this dangerous pathogen.
Advanced Technology, Enhanced Reliability
Regardless of the pathogen being tested, a reliable testing method is vital. Our complete portfolio of pathogen testing products feature the instruments, assays, and accessories you need to quickly and reliably test for major pathogens. The 3M™ Molecular Detection System combines novel technologies – isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection – resulting in a fast, accurate, easy-to-use application that overcomes certain limitations of PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) pathogen testing methods. It simultaneously accommodates individual, pathogen-specific assays, enabling users in meat, poultry and other food and beverage categories to run up to 96 different tests concurrently for a range of organisms and across various food and environmental samples. The next generation 3M™ Molecular Detection Assays have been consistently validated by leading scientific validation organizations throughout the world (AOAC® INTERNATIONAL, AFNOR, Health Canada, MAPA) for a comprehensive variety of sample types.
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