Unique technologies power new food safety testing system

Fast, easy, accurate.

What qualities do you want in a new work tool? Speed, simplicity, efficiency, accuracy?

That’s what food safety professionals said they were looking for when testing for pathogens. So, 3M scientists set out to create a new testing system that met those needs. The result? The 3M™ Molecular Detection System –  a novel innovation that is getting attention and accolades across the industry.

Glowing results

The time-saving testing system uses Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) technology, which combines isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection. It utilizes molecular microbiology for pathogen detection and is less susceptible to false-negative results compared to older test systems. The LAMP technology is creating a buzz in the research community, and more than 8,000 peer-reviewed publications about the topic have been published since it was introduced.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) took notice, too. They chose the 3M Molecular Detection System as the primary method the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) would use in testing for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes – two serious pathogens that put food at risk during production and processing. The USDA FSIS completed rigorous, multi-laboratory testing of the 3M technology alongside other pathogen detection options and chose it based on performance.

“We’re extremely pleased that USDA FSIS has confirmed 3M as a partner for their pathogen testing needs,” says Polly Foss, global vice president of 3M Food Safety. “It represents further confirmation for the quality of the 3M Molecular Detection System and the customer praise we hear.”

Read the updated USDA FSIS Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook (MLG) methods for pathogen detection
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Becoming a go-to technology partner for the USDA is a big deal. It means playing a role in curbing the annually estimated 19,000 Salmonella-caused hospitalizations1. And it means helping thwart the 1,600 cases of Listeriosis, the illness caused by ingesting Listeria monocytogenes that is fatal in one in five persons.

The 3M testing platform also won an Edison Award – a global recognition honoring innovators that create a positive impact in the world. Winners are chosen for excellence in concept, value, delivery, and impact.

The testing kit needs only three steps to get reliable answers:

  1. Set up
  2. Run the test
  3. Monitor

The kits use the same steps for all pathogens with same-day or next-day results. And its color-change indicators make it easier to identify which organism is detected.

Learn more about 3M’s testing portfolio

Read more about 3M Food Safety’s portfolio of solutions for your industry or testing needs.

The tests are available for a variety of pathogens in the following kits:

3M™ Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Salmonella

3M™ Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Campylobacter

3M™ Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Listeria monocytogenes

3M™ Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Listeria

3M™ Molecular Detection Assay 2 – E. coli O157 (including H7)

3M™ Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Cronobacter