3M Molecular Detection System

ST. PAUL, Minn. — 3M Food Safety has been awarded a contract from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service for campylobacter detection with the 3M Molecular Detection System

The award makes the 3M Molecular Detection System the primary method used by FSIS for the detection of campylobacter in poultry, the company said.

"The 3M Molecular Detection System has proven to be a highly accurate and efficient tool for many food producers and contract labs globally," said Srini Raman, 3M Food Safety vice president.

3M has been working with FSIS to initiate the transition process. FSIS will announce when the transition is complete for testing campylobacter with the system.

FSIS previously named the 3M Molecular Detection System as the primary method for salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes testing for meat, poultry and egg products.

For poultry processors, the system, which uses assays for both campylobacter and salmonella, is a complete solution that can be used in parallel to test both bacteria, the company said. 3M's system (using a single protocol for both pathogens post-enrichment) allows processors to perform up to 96 tests of both pathogens in a single 60-minute run.

The system uses loop-mediated isothermal DNA amplification (LAMP) technology and provides food manufacturers previously unavailable speed and ease in identifying these pathogens, the company added.

As an emerging pathogen, consistent and accurate monitoring of campylobacter prevalence within the pre-production and production areas can control its occurrence in poultry products.

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