3M Introduces New Assay for Molecular Detection of Cronobacter

November 10, 2016

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.

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3M™ Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Cronobacter (Photo: 3M)

3M™ Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Cronobacter (Photo: 3M)

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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