ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3M Food Safety today announced its 3M™ Molecular Detection Assay Salmonella
received an NF VALIDATION mark from AFNOR Certification. The Salmonella
assay was among three pathogen test kits the company introduced
alongside its novel 3M™ Molecular Detection System less than a year ago.
In April, AOAC Research Institute granted PTM SM
certification of the Salmonella assay, another important
confirmation of the technology’s effectiveness in detecting the bacteria.
“Salmonella has been responsible for multiple foodborne illness
outbreaks in the U.S. as well as Europe this past year, so being able to
offer such a simple and rapid assay for that pathogen that stands up to
the rigor of AFNOR Certification criteria is a key development for food
processors based throughout the world,” said Marie-Pierre Copin, 3M Food
Safety’s European regulatory affairs specialist.
The 3M Molecular Detection System and its assays provide food processing
businesses, third-party laboratories, universities and government
agencies a rapid, qualitative method to easily and accurately detect
pathogens in enriched food and food process samples. Designed with early
input from 3M’s worldwide clientele, the system and its assays have
already been sold in 33 countries. The system targets and amplifies
nucleic acid in enriched samples through a unique combination of
isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection technologies.
To obtain NF VALIDATION certification for egg, meat and dairy food
products (excluding milk powders), performances of the 3M Molecular
Detection Assay Salmonella for those products were validated in
comparison with results of the ISO 6579 worldwide standard for detecting Salmonella
spp. The NF VALIDATION study was done according to ISO 16140
standard. An expert laboratory initially confirmed the technology’s
effectiveness versus the reference method. Subsequently, 18 different
labs spanning seven countries conducted collaborative testing to confirm
method robustness. Additional NF VALIDATION studies of the Salmonella
assay on seafood and vegetables as well as processing environment
samples are anticipated in 2013.
“We’re proud to offer this important international validation to our
worldwide clients,” said Niki Montgomery, 3M Food Safety global
marketing manager. “It’s a big milestone in our continued effort to
systematically chart the path toward comprehensive scientific
For more information, visit www.3M.com/3MMolecularDetectionSystem/SALAFNOR
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food and beverage industries optimize the quality and safety of their
products to enable consumer protection. At every step, 3M Food Safety
provides solutions that help mitigate risk, improve operational
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