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Molecular detection technology meets international standard

By Food in Canada magazine staff   

Facilities Maintenance Food Safety

3M Molecular Detection Assay Salmonella from 3M Food Safety has received an extension of its current NF Validation by AFNOR Certification

St. Paul, Minn. – 3M Food Safety’s 3M Molecular Detection Assay Salmonella has received an extension of the current NF Validation certificate from AFNOR Certification.

The Paris-based AFNOR Certification expert committee found 3M’s assay to be as or more effective than standard methods for detecting Salmonella sub species in seafood and vegetable products, as well as in environmental samples taken from food processing sites.

To obtain NF Validation certification, the 3M Molecular Detection Assay Salmonella test kit went through a comprehensive scientific review process. The assay was tested by an expert independent laboratory against EN ISO 6579, the worldwide standard for detecting Salmonella sub species.

Next, collaborative studies were conducted by 18 other laboratories from seven different countries to ensure the test method could be effectively reproduced and repeated.


The 3M Molecular Detection System was introduced to food processors, third-party reference laboratories and other customers in 2011, along with 3M Molecular Detection Assays for E.coli (O157 including H7), Listeria and Salmonella. Leveraging isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection technologies, it can simultaneously pinpoint and amplify nucleic acid in enriched food and food process samples.

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