Academia and industry, partnering to advance the future of food safety.

As a member of the science community, you know that there’s a big difference between theory and real-life application. That gap is one of the reasons universities strive to give students hands-on experiences that resemble what they’ll run into when they’re in the workforce. But the need for understanding goes both ways. Industries that don’t … Continue reading “Academia and industry, partnering to advance the future of food safety.”

Will we see you at IAFP?

The International Association for Food Protection’s 2022 Annual Meeting (IAFP) is right around the corner. Join thousands of other food safety professionals in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania July 31-August 3 for one of the leading food safety conferences worldwide.   Register to explore current and emerging food safety issues, the latest science, and innovative solutions to new and … Continue reading “Will we see you at IAFP?”

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”