3M Food Safety Launches 48-Hour Yeast and Mold Indicator Test

  3M Food Safety Launches 48-Hour Yeast and Mold Indicator Test

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- September 17, 2013

3M Food Safety announces the global launch of the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Rapid Yeast
and Mold Count Plate, an indicator test that enables the detection of yeasts
and molds in as little as 48 hours, faster than conventional agar methods.
Expanding the 3M Petrifilm Plate technology that has become a worldwide
standard for more than 25 years due to its reliability and simplicity, this
new plate also offers food processors a simplified solution for inoculation
along with an easy, consistent way to interpret and enumerate colonies.

Conventional agar testing methods for yeast and molds require a five to seven
day incubation period, the longest waiting time of all microbial quality
indicators. By incorporating a new innovative technology, the 3M Petrifilm
Rapid Yeast and Mold Count Plate greatly reduces this delay, improving
time-to-result, productivity gains, finished goods inventory and product shelf

“Yeast and mold indicator testing is extremely important for determining
product freshness and quality, but the current testing process is so long that
it can hold up a product’s release for several days,” said Mojdeh Poul, vice
president and general manager, 3M Food Safety. “With the 3M Petrifilm Rapid
Yeast and Mold Count Plate, we are changing all of that.”

The sample-ready system uses an easy three-step process: Inoculation,
Incubation and Enumeration. With the reduced incubation time of as little as
48 hours along with the flexibility of incubation at 25°  C or 28°  C, food
processors can benefit from an innovative solution that enables clearer,
easier and faster than ever colony enumeration. The 3M Petrifilm Rapid Yeast
and Mold Count Plate results in blue-colored yeast and mold colonies and
contains technological enhancements that prevent colonies from spreading or
overlapping, providing superior interpretation.

“Being able to clearly enumerate the colonies when there are large,
overlapping molds was another important customer need we kept hearing about,”
said Eric Amann, global marketing manager at 3M Food Safety. “Our researchers
were able to significantly improve this attribute in addition to providing
faster time-to-result with the plate.”

The technology has been rigorously tested to perform well on both low and high
water activity foods, and will be especially useful for processors of grain,
fruit and dairy products where yeast and mold control is particularly
important. In addition to foods, the 3M Petrifilm Rapid Yeast and Mold Count
Plate can also be used for air, swab or surface contact environmental testing.
Food processors can obtain a quantitative assessment of both yeast and molds
together, or as a separate count by visually differentiating between the two
forms of fungi.

When 3M Petrifilm Plates launched in the mid-1980s, it was widely viewed as a
step forward in ensuring the quality and safety of food products. Eliminating
the need to prepare, purchase and store agar dishes, they enhance lab
productivity and take up 85 percent less space than agar plates, freeing up
valuable room in processors’ incubators, lab benches and refrigerators, and
reducing company waste. Today, 91 of the top 100 U.S. food processing
companies rely on 3M for their indicator testing needs.

For more information, please visit www.3M.com/foodsafety/RapidYeastAndMold.

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.

About 3M
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ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the
innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M
employs 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries.
For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

3M and Petrifilm are trademarks of 3M.


Mary Kokkinen, 651-733-8806
Kohnstamm Communications
Aaron Berstler, 651-789-1264
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