Firm secures US certification for E.coli kit

By Carina Perkins

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Related tags: Foodborne illness, Food safety

Firm secures US certification for E.coli kit
A food safety technology company has achieved US certification for its new E.coli testing kit, which allows manufacturers to rapidly test meat samples for the deadly bug.

3M Food Safety has recieved AOAC-PTM Certification (#071202) for its 3M Molecular Detection Assay for E.coli O157 (including H7) from the AOAC Research Institute’s Performance Tested Methods Program.

The E.coli O157 assay has been designed to work with the 3M Molecular Detection System, which the company claims is the only of its kind to combine isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection, allowing for “fast and reliable” pathogen testing. It has been found to be  equivalent to standard reference methods used by the UK’s Food Standards Agency and the US Department of Agriculture for the detection of the E.coli O157 in a range of products, including raw ground beef.

DeAnn Benesh, regulatory affairs specialist with 3M Food Safety, said: “We are very excited about this validation and what it means for the 3M Molecular Detection System.

“AOAC-PTM approval of 3M’s Salmonella and E.coli O157 (including H7) assays are the first of numerous validations for this product line, emphasising the value of a pathogen detection solution that is fast, accurate, easy-to-use and affordable.”

E.coli O157 is responsible for an estimated 73,000 cases of food-borne illness annually in the US, second only to salmonella. The verification of the E.coli O157 assay follows an earlier verification of 3M Food Safety’s Salmonella assay from the AOAC Research Institute.

3M Food Safety has recieved AOAC-PTM Certification (#071202) for its 3M Molecular Detection Assay for E.coli O157 (including H7) from the AOAC Research Institute’s Performance Tested Methods Program.

The E.coli O157 assay has been designed to work with the 3M Molecular Detection System, which the company claims is the only of its kind to combine isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection, allowing for “fast and reliable” pathogen testing. It has been found to be  equivalent to standard reference methods used by the UK’s Food Standards Agency and the US Department of Agriculture for the detection of the E.coli O157 in a range of products, including raw ground beef.

DeAnn Benesh, regulatory affairs specialist with 3M Food Safety, said: “We are very excited about this validation and what it means for the 3M Molecular Detection System.

“AOAC-PTM approval of 3M’s Salmonella and E.coli O157 (including H7) assays are the first of numerous validations for this product line, emphasising the value of a pathogen detection solution that is fast, accurate, easy-to-use and affordable.”

E.coli O157 is responsible for an estimated 73,000 cases of food-borne illness annually in the US, second only to salmonella. The verification of the E.coli O157 assay follows an earlier verification of 3M Food Safety’s Salmonella assay from the AOAC Research Institute.

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