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3M Wins USDA Food Safety Testing Contract

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – 3M announced this week that the US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) has selected the 3M Molecular Detection System for food pathogen detection.

The 3M Molecular Detection System is based on a combination of technologies, including isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection. According to the company, the system can simultaneously accommodate individual pathogen-specific assays, allowing users to run up to 96 different tests concurrently to look for a range of organisms across a variety of food and environmental samples.

Under the terms of their contract, USDA FSIS will use 3M's system as its primary method for the detection of Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and Escherichia coli O157 — including H7 — in food such as meat, poultry, and egg-related products, the company said.

Additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.