3M Food Safety has announced that its 3M Petrifilm Rapid Aerobic Count Plate has been granted Official Method of Analysis status by AOAC INTERNATIONAL (OMA method number 2015.13).

The 3M Petrifilm Rapid Aerobic Count Plate detects and accurately enumerates aerobic bacteria counts in just 24 hours for most food matrices and environmental samples. 3M introduced the plate in January 2015 as a faster and superior indicator test alternative to conventional agar methods, having received certification from the AOAC® Performance Tested Methods program prior to its customer launch.

Food and beverage processors are constantly under pressure to make time-sensitive decisions, so the ability to efficiently and reliably detect and count aerobic bacteria is critical. Proven to be as effective as standard agar plating methods, the 3M Petrifilm Rapid Aerobic Count Plate uses proprietary indicator technology to facilitate swift counting of aerobic bacteria colonies, helping food companies maximize worker productivity, make smart cleaning decisions and improve the quality and safety of their products. “We are proud to be taking yet another innovative step forward with the seventeenth addition to the 3M Petrifilm Plate portfolio and our tenth product offering that delivers results in 24-hours or less,” says Jason Semerad, global marketing manager, 3M Food Safety. “But an even greater source of pride is saving food and beverage processing plants time and capital and maintaining the highest degree of accuracy and reliability so that their hard-earned brand equity is protected.”

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