AOAC Research Institute Extends PTM Approval to 3M Molecular Detection Assay Listeria for Foods

Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:00am EST

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ST. PAUL, Minn.--(Business Wire)--
3M Food Safety today announced its 3M Molecular Detection Assay Listeria method
has received a matrix extension for select foods through the AOAC Research
Institute`s Performance Tested MethodsSM Program from the AOAC Research

An expansion of the prior PTM certification from AOAC-RI (PTM Certification
#081203) , 3M Molecular Detection Assay Listeria method is now certified for the
detection of Listeria spp. in select food matrices, providing greater
applicability of the method for food and beverage processors. In recent years,
several large outbreaks of listeriosis have been linked to contaminated
manufactured foods ranging from vegetables to milk to meat. 

The matrix extension of AOAC-PTM status required a rigorous, independent
laboratory examination of 3M`s unique molecular test method`s ability to
accurately detect Listeria spp. within a variety of intentionally contaminated
food matrices. Select food matrices specifically analyzed during the testing
process included cantaloupe, spinach, cottage cheese, beef hot dogs, deli-style
turkey meat and cold, smoked salmon. No statistically significant differences
were found in the sample results between the 3M Molecular Detection Assay
Listeria when compared to conventional reference methods. 

"We`re pleased with the 3M Molecular Detection System`s steady performance
evaluating Listeria spp., particularly given that this bacteria is notorious for
multiplying even at low temperature points," said Niki Montgomery, 3M Food
Safety global marketing manager. "The reliability and robustness of this
patented technology is continuing to serve and meet the needs of the processing

The 3M Molecular Detection System is based on unique isothermal DNA
amplification and bioluminescence detection technologies and is designed around
modern-day food processors` needs for a real-time pathogen detection approach
that`s faster and simpler while also more accurate. The company now has AOAC-PTM
validations for compatible assays designed for E.coli O157 (including H7) and
Salmonella as well as Listeria. 

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AOAC RI, based in Gaithersburg, Md., is a subsidiary of AOAC International, a
globally recognized, independent, not-for-profit association founded in 1884.
AOAC serves communities of the analytical sciences by providing the tools and
processes necessary to develop voluntary consensus standards or technical
standards through stakeholder consensus and working groups in which the
fit-for-purpose and method performance criteria are established and fully
documented. AOAC provides a science-based solution and its Official Methods of
Analysis gives defensibility, credibility and confidence in decision-making.
AOAC Official Methods are accepted and recognized worldwide. 

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 or follow @3M_FoodSafety on

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

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