3M Molecular Detection Assay 2-E. coli O157 earns AOAC distinction

Assay granted First Action status through the Official Methods of Analysis programme

3M Food Safety’s Molecular Detection Assay 2-E. coli O157 (including H7) has been granted First Action status through the Official Methods of Analysis programme by AOAC International (AOAC 2017.01).

The test kit was introduced in April 2016 and joins the family of the next-generation molecular pathogen detection test kits using a single assay protocol. This enables batch processing of samples and improving efficiency in the laboratory. The 3M Molecular Detection System was introduced in 2011.

This next generation of assays also includes tests for Cronobacter, Salmonella, Listeria and Listeria monocytogenes.

The 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 provides a streamlined workflow that simplifies pathogen testing, with fast assay processing time and instrument run time of only one hour for E. coli O157 (including H7), the company said, adding, these features give customers flexibility in their testing that allow them to make critical decisions faster.

“We are proud that this test has been recognised as an official testing method,” said Adriana Robayo Nino, global pathogen manager with 3M Food Safety.

She added: “AOAC recognition of the 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 - E. coli O157 (including H7) emphasises the value of a pathogen detection solution that is fast, accurate and reduces the risk of releasing products contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 which can lead to disease outbreaks.”

For more information, visit www.3M.com/3MMolecularDetectionSystem/MDA2