Company: 3M Food Safety, St. Paul, MN


Equipment Snapshot: 3M Food Safety’s 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2–Listeria monocytogenes has been approved by the AOAC Performance Tested Methods program (Certification 081501). The approval certifies that the next-generation test kit is now equivalent to or better than standard reference methods used to detect L. monocytogenes. According to 3M, achieving AOAC PTM status required a rigorous, independent laboratory examination of the company’s unique molecular test method’s ability to accurately detect L. monocytogenes within a variety of foods. The latest L. monocytogenes assay is one of two test kits that were expanded on the 3M Molecular Detection System platform, which is based on unique isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection technologies, and designed around food processors’ needs for a real-time pathogen detection approach that’s fast, simple and more accurate.