3M Food Safety Takes Home Gold at 2022 Edison Awards™ for 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plate Reader Advanced

3M Food Safety has been named a gold winner at the 2022 Edison Awards™ for its 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plate Reader Advanced in the Commercial Technology category. The Edison Awards globally recognizes, honors and fosters innovations and innovators whose solutions make a positive impact in the world.  

3M Food Safety maintains an impressive history with the Edison Awards. In the last decade alone, 3M Food Safety has achieved six awards – two gold wins, three silver wins and one bronze win – demonstrating a strong commitment to innovation through customer insights and market trends, helping to bring productivity and efficiency to food testing labs. 

The Industry Impact of the 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced

As food manufacturers continue to face the pressures of labor shortages and supply chain disruptions on top of existing expectations in meeting and maintaining food safety production goals, the 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced has served as a pivotal resource to help alleviate these challenges.  

The 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plate Reader Advanced helps food safety testing professionals reallocate their resources to ease some of the effects of staffing shortages.  This in turn can allow technicians to increase their focus on proactive food testing to manage food borne risks.  

“The 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced has helped our lab tremendously. We have a high volume of 3M Petrifilm Rapid Aerobic Count Plates and the 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced allows us to allocate one analyst to record the data. This process previously required two analysts to spend two or more hours enumerating 3M Petrifilm the Rapid Aerobic Count Plates, but now one analyst can complete the task in less than an hour. The flexibility the 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced has been very beneficial to this lab over the past eight months. During these times when staffing is a challenge, having this ability to streamline a process is incredibly valuable.” –  Jon Hammond, lab supervisor at Midwest Labs 

About the Award-Winning 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced

3M Food Safety launched the 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced in 2021 as an enhancement of previous technology that allows food safety professionals to enumerate microorganisms quickly. The award-winning technology is a small peripheral device containing a five-megapixel camera, versatile bar code reader and fixed artificial intelligence that expedites result interpretation. 

3M Petrifilm Plates are inserted into the reader device, which automatically delivers an image and information on a USB-connected computer in six seconds or less. The device can enumerate ten 3M Petrifilm Plates and the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Staph Express Disk. The system includes software that allows technicians to create worklists and edit results to include relevant test information.  The plate reader is designed to assist laboratories and technicians to help improve productivity by automatically counting colonies, recording and reporting results. In a productivity study, the results demonstrated up to 94%-time reduced[i] over manual counting.

“The 3M Food Safety team is proud to have been recognized and honored at the Edison Awards this year for its 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced. Our innovative technology has played a critical role in increasing lab efficiency with its impressive time-saving features, and can help alleviate some of the impacts labor shortages have had on food testing labs.” – Mario De La Torre, global portfolio manager for 3M Food Safety

“Being able to count the supported 3M Petrifilm Plates in six seconds or less enables food processors to work quickly, which in turn allows them to react faster in identifying and correcting potential hazards.” – Alec Teagarden, 3M Food Safety microbiologist

For more information about how the 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced in combination with the supported 3M Petrifilm Plates and can help improve the efficiency of your lab, visit 3M.com/PetrifilmProductivity.

About the Edison Awards

Designated for Thomas Edison (1847-1931), whose incredible product development and inventions changed the world, the Edison Awards have been honoring the most innovative new products and services for more than 30 years. They are judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives consisting of past award winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medicine.


[1] Observed on the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Aerobic Count Plate with High Counts. ©3M 2022. All rights reserved. 3M and Petrifilm are trademarks of 3M. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.