Food Safety Magazine

Biztracks | April 24, 2017

3M Food Safety’s Molecular Detection Assay 2 Honored with 2017 Edison Award

By Staff

3M Food Safety’s Molecular Detection Assay 2  Honored with 2017 Edison Award

3M Food Safety’s 3M™ Molecular Detection Assay 2 has earned a Gold 2017 Edison Award in the Diagnostic Tools category. The product, amongst other categories and winners, was chosen based on excellence in concept, value, delivery and impact.

The 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 platform is the next generation of tests for 3M’s previously Edison-awarded 3M™ Molecular Detection System. Powered by Isothermal DNA Amplification and Bioluminescence Detection, the technology makes molecular detection of foodborne pathogens simpler and faster, providing food manufacturers never-before-available speed and ease in identifying Salmonella, Listeria, Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli O157 (including H7) in food or environment-collected samples, and Cronobacter for powdered infant formula. It uses a single assay protocol for all pathogens, enabling batch processing of up to 96 different samples at once and improving efficiency in the laboratory. Enhanced with a proprietary 3M nanotechnology, the test gives processors a streamlined workflow that simplifies their pathogen detection, enabling same- or next-day results and faster, more confident food safety decisions. Comparative research shows that the 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 - Salmonella, for example, will process a batch of 96 samples 1.7 times faster than the closest competitive technology.

“At 3M, we work to enhance food safety by offering transformational technology that protects the health of consumers while optimizing productivity, and protecting the brands of our customers,” said Polly Foss, vice president and general manager for 3M Food Safety. “Therefore, we are especially proud to receive this honor as it showcases our commitment to innovative solutions that bring about safety and quality in our food supply.”