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 … Continue reading “3M Food Safety Takes Home Gold at 2022 Edison Awards™ for 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plate Reader Advanced”

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Food manufacturers: Is something missing in your hygiene monitoring program?

Establishing and maintaining a robust hygiene monitoring program can be challenging. However, consider these three questions to help evaluate the current status of your program and identify opportunities for continuous improvement:  Which test methods are used to evaluate cleaning and sanitation?  How are test points selected?  How are pass and fail limits for each test … Continue reading “Food manufacturers: Is something missing in your hygiene monitoring program?”

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3M™ Petrifilm™ Plate Reader Advanced Named Finalist for the 2022 Edison Awards

3M Food Safety has been named a finalist for the 2022 Edison Awards for its innovative 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plate Reader Advanced in the Commercial Technology category.  Keep reading to learn more about the significance of the Edison Awards, the 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced, and its role in helping lab efficiencies, as well as 3M Food … Continue reading “3M™ Petrifilm™ Plate Reader Advanced Named Finalist for the 2022 Edison Awards”

How automation can help relieve burden for lab technicians

In a recent survey of food processors from around the world, more than 90% indicated they are expecting to maintain or increase their microbiological testing over the next 12 months, with a significant portion of tests outsourced to contract labs.1 While microbiology contract labs are already an integral part of the food value chain, an … Continue reading “How automation can help relieve burden for lab technicians”

How food microbiology contract labs can drive sustainable impact

Safe and trusted food is essential for the food industry to prosper — especially in today’s landscape of increased transparency. A heightened focus on sustainability has added another level of scrutiny for businesses within the food value chain. From food processors to laboratory services, each player has a role in reducing the environmental impact of … Continue reading “How food microbiology contract labs can drive sustainable impact”

Advancing the future of microbiology, one classroom at a time.

In an age of virtual-first education, hands-on experiences have taken on even greater meaning. As universities prepare to bring back students for the next semester, many educators are searching for ways to add practical, in-person experiences to their syllabi. One Marquette University adjunct professor did just that—at no cost to his university thanks to a … Continue reading “Advancing the future of microbiology, one classroom at a time.”

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Why keeping bacteria alive longer actually helps improve food safety: a conversation with a 3M inventor.

Most of us clean with the intention of eliminating bacteria. While that seems like a simple goal, the science is a bit more complicated—especially in settings like food manufacturing facilities. Food processing equipment needs to be clean and bacteria-free to ensure food products are safe to eat. One way the food industry confirms that cleaning … Continue reading “Why keeping bacteria alive longer actually helps improve food safety: a conversation with a 3M inventor.”

Building efficiencies to help combat labor shortages

As the economy works to bounce back from the effects of an ongoing pandemic, some businesses are struggling to staff up. Across the country, many store hours are limited, or service is slow. “Now hiring” signs decorate business windows, while other storefronts remain closed indefinitely as they search for willing workers.   This labor shortage seems to be hitting all industries, including food manufacturing. If your lab or facility is short … Continue reading “Building efficiencies to help combat labor shortages”

Explore the role of microorganisms in the safety, quality and shelf life of meat and meat products.

Pathogenic organisms like Salmonella, Campylobacter and Listeria monocytogenes represent food safety hazards and public health threats. Other microorganisms are involved in spoilage, quality issues and reduced shelf life.   In a 3M-sponsored webinar on December 2, experts from Iowa State University and University of Wisconsin-River Falls will investigate major pathogens in meat and the public health burden of foodborne illness outbreaks involving these pathogens. Speakers James Dickson, Ph.D., and Purnendu C. Vasavada, … Continue reading “Explore the role of microorganisms in the safety, quality and shelf life of meat and meat products.”

Food Safety Matters podcast episode wraps up food safety culture webinar series

Listen to the episode to hear host Barbara VanRenterghem interview Jonathan Walsh, 3M Food Safety, and Lone Jespersen, Ph.D., Cultivate. Jonathan and Lone share learnings and key take-aways from the five-part webinar series that ran from February to June.  ​ About the Global Food Safety Culture Webinar Series  The Global Food Safety Culture Webinar Series was designed to … Continue reading “Food Safety Matters podcast episode wraps up food safety culture webinar series”