3M Molecular Detection System Procures Extended Validation from AFNOR CERTIFICATION for Salmonella Assay

  3M Molecular Detection System Procures Extended Validation from AFNOR
  CERTIFICATION for Salmonella Assay

   3M Food Safety’s molecular detection technology meets international test
  criteria for spotting Salmonella in all food categories and environmental

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- February 20, 2013

3M Food Safety today announced its 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 spp. in seafood and vegetable products as well as in environmental
samples taken from food processing sites.

This follows AFNOR CERTIFICATION’s validation in December of the same
product’s efficacy finding Salmonella spp. in egg, meat and dairy products.
Based on these two sets of data, the certification is now granted for all food
categories and environmental products.^1

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

“Salmonella can be found in a wide variety of foods and surfaces,” said
Marie-Pierre Copin, 3M Food Safety European regulatory affairs specialist.
“Having AFNOR CERTIFICATION’s recognition for detecting the organism in so
many types of samples is a testament to the technology’s robust and versatile

Now used in at least 33 countries, the 3M™ Molecular Detection System was
introduced to food processors, third-party reference laboratories and other
customers in December 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 simultaneously
pinpoints and amplifies nucleic acid in enriched food and food process

“It’s a great accomplishment that this technology has been comprehensively
validated to detect such a common and harmful organism throughout the world,”
said Niki Montgomery, global marketing manager for 3M Food Safety. “Its
increasingly proven accuracy is a perfect complement to its simplicity and

For more information, visit www.3M.com/3MMolecularDetectionSystem/SALAFNOR2

^1Products excluded for the certification: spices, aromatic herbs, instant
coffees and teas, bouillon cubes, concentrates, milk powders and cocoa powders

3M Food Safety is a leader of innovative solutions that help the food and
beverage industries optimize the quality and safety of their products to
enable consumer protection. At every step, 3M Food Safety provides solutions
that help mitigate risk, improve operational efficiencies and impact the
bottom line. For more information, visit www.3M.com/foodsafety or follow
@3M_FoodSafety on Twitter.

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Janna Fischer, 651-736-5824
Kohnstamm Communications
Aaron Berstler, 651-789-1264
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