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3M launches new Petrifilm Salmonella Express System for detection of the food pathogen

Minnesota-based company, 3M, has announced the launching its new pathogen detection technology, 3M™ Petrifilm™ Salmonella Express System, according to a company news release Tuesday.

Salmonella image/CDC

Salmonella image/CDC

Immediately available worldwide, this system is focused on Salmonella, which comprises nearly half of all pathogen testing.

“Leveraging 3M’s record of innovation, the 3M Petrifilm Salmonella Express System exemplifies our commitment to food safety,” said Mojdeh Poul, vice president and general manager, 3M Food Safety. “3M’s newly expanded portfolio of pathogen detection solutions represents our dedication to collaborate closely with the industry to deliver fast detection methods with accurate results.”

According to the company, the easy-to-use system is an all-in-one method. First, the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Salmonella Express Plate is a sample-ready, chromogenic culture medium that is specific to Salmonella and provides a presumptive result.

Next, the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Salmonella Express Confirmation Disk contains a substrate that facilitates the biochemical confirmation of all presumptive positive Salmonella colonies on the plate in just four hours.

By way of comparison, when food processors outsource sample testing with a third-party contract lab, they’ll commonly wait 24-72 hours for confirmation and pay a nominal amount for each presumptive positive colony requiring confirmation.

The 3M Petrifilm Salmonella Express System was found to be equivalent to or better than the reference methods for raw ground chicken, pasteurized liquid whole egg, raw ground beef, raw ground pork, cooked chicken nuggets, frozen uncooked shrimp, fresh bunched spinach, dry dog food and stainless steel.

“This product was created with the needs of our customers in mind,” said Tina Bauman, global marketing supervisor with 3M Food Safety. “Increased regulation and prevalence of foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella have created a demand for new pathogen detection solutions that are accurate, fast, simple and affordable.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, salmonellosis is an infection with bacteria called Salmonella. Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment.

However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

3M Food Safety is a leader of innovative solutions that help the 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 efficiencies and impact the bottom line.

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