3M Food Safety announced on August 28 that its 3M Molecular Detection System has won a bronze Stevie® award in the 2013 International Business Awards. The system, awarded under the category of Best New Product or Service of the Year – Health & Pharmaceuticals, was recognized for being a simple, accurate and cost-effective pathogen detection solution that benefits food processors, universities, governments, and contract testing laboratories.

3M officials noted that after just 19 months on the market, the Molecular Detection System is now used in over 35 countries and has garnered multiple certifications from the most rigorous and well-known third-party validation organizations. The technology also received a silver Edison award in March 2013.

The 2013 International Business Awards received entries from more than 50 nations and territories. Nicknamed the “Stevies” for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala awards banquet at the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain on October 14.

“We are thrilled to be recognized with this award, and see it as another acknowledgment that 3M is at the forefront of developing technologies that help protect the worldwide food supply,” said Niki Montgomery, global marketing and development manager for 3M Food Safety.

Developed with the benefit of insights from customers based in multiple countries and responsible for multiple types of food, the 3M Molecular Detection System integrates two innovative technologies – isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection. Individually compatible assay test kits are available for Salmonella, E. coli O157 (including H7), Listeria and Listeria monocytogenes.