3M Introduces New Assay for Molecular Detection of Cronobacter

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Advanced isothermal molecular test method for Cronobacter overcomes
limitations of older methods and delivers higher accuracy

ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–3M Food Safety, a worldwide leader in innovative solutions that help the
food and beverage industries ensure safety and quality in their
products, is proud to offer safety from the start with the introduction
of the new, 3M™ Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Cronobacter. The
product joins four other next generation assays (Salmonella, E. coli O157
(including H7), Listeria and Listeria monocytogenes) as
part of the 3M™ Molecular Detection System pathogen testing platform.


Cronobacter species, formerly known as Enterobacter sakazakii,
is a group of bacteria naturally found in the environment that has been
associated with contaminated powdered infant formula, causing severe and
sometimes fatal infections in infants. Cronobacter has been shown
to persist up to two years in powdered infant formula, and testing for Cronobacter
in these products is required by the United States Food and Drug
Administration (FDA), as well as in other countries.

“We are pleased to bring this advanced technology for the detection of Cronobacter
spp. to our customers, helping them to enhance their food safety program
and protect an at-risk population,” said John David, scientific
marketing manager, 3M Food Safety. “This isothermal molecular assay
overcomes the limitations of conventional agar and PCR-based methods
with improved accuracy, reduced time to results, and a streamlined
workflow that provides increased productivity and unparalleled
ease-of-use.”

Applicable to powdered infant formula with and without probiotics, raw
materials used to manufacture powdered infant formula, infant cereals,
and environmental samples, the 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Cronobacter
delivers reliable results for samples between 10 and 300 grams in size
and after as little as 18 hours of enrichment. In comparison to
agar-based methods, the 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Cronobacter can
save two to four days during the testing process, resulting in a faster
outcome. Customers can employ a total solution to help maintain the
safety of their products by using this new assay with the 3M™ Molecular
Detection Assay 2 – Salmonella and the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Enterobacteriaceae
Count Plate.

This award-winning 3M Molecular Detection System platform is used by
food processors, universities, governments and contract testing
laboratories in more than 40 countries. The 3M Molecular Detection
System is powered by a combination of advanced technologies—isothermal
DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection—to provide a pathogen
testing solution that is fast, accurate, easy to use and affordable.

Customers interested in this new technology may contact their local 3M
Food Safety representative or visit http://www.3M.com/foodsafety/MDA2
to learn more.

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Contacts

For 3M:
Kohnstamm Communications
Aaron Berstler,
651-789-1264
aaron@kohnstamm.com