3M Food Safety announced that the 3M Petrifilm Rapid E. coli/Coliform Count Plate has been granted the Official Methods of Analysis (OMA method number 2018.13) validation by AOAC INTERNATIONAL. The plate, which had previously earned the AOAC Performance Tested Method certification as well, is a next day indicator test that quantifies the presence of E. coli and other coliform bacteria. 3M introduced the two-in-one indicator test in February 2018 as a versatile microbial test that enables food and beverage processors to realize greater operational efficiencies and ship products sooner.

“We are thrilled that this test has been recognized as an official testing method,” said Adriana Robayo Niño, 3M Food Safety global marketing manager. “Our aim is to always provide reliable, accurate solutions that save our customers both time and money, and the 3M Petrifilm Rapid E. coli/Coliform Count Plate has succeeded in that goal.”

The 3M Petrifilm Rapid E. coli/Coliform Count Plate provides a marked improvement in attaining actionable time-to-result over competitive technologies by requiring only three simple steps: inoculation, incubation and interpretation. By eliminating subsequent confirmation steps required with most traditional reference methods and enabling a simultaneous dual readout, the plate increases productivity and reduces overall lab costs.

The approval process for becoming an Official Method involves intense review by multiple, independent laboratories and subsequently by an expert review panel. The full study conducted for the AOAC Official Method of Analysis validation of the 3M Petrifilm Rapid E. coli/Coliform Count Plate will be published in an upcoming edition of the Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL and will be made available online at http://eoma.aoac.org

AOAC INTERNATIONAL is a worldwide provider and facilitator in the development, use and harmonization of validated analytical methods. AOAC methods are used globally to promote trade and to facilitate public health and public safety. AOAC has two programs by which methods are evaluated and approved. These programs are the AOAC OMA and PTM programs.

MicroVal Certification
The 3M Petrifilm Rapid E. coli/Coliform Count Plate also recently earned a Certificate of Compliance (Certificate Number 2017LR76) from MicroVal, ISO 16140-2, an international certification organization. MicroVal tested the release on a wide variety of matrices and also found that the product was equivalent or better than a standard reference method.

“MicroVal is a very well-respected organization and the Certificate of Compliance is an important certification for our customers that speaks to the strength of the technology,” said Robayo.

3M Food Safety is a leader of innovative solutions that help the food and beverage industries optimize the quality and safety of their products in order to enable consumer protection and improve their bottom lines.

For more information visit http://3M.com/RapidEcoli.