3M Food Safety announced the launch of its 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 – E. coli O157 (including H7), adding to a line of next-generation tests which also includes Salmonella, Listeria and Listeria monocytogenes. Introduced in 2011, the 3M Molecular Detection System is utilized by food processors, laboratories, universities and government agencies in over 40 countries for accurate and reliable pathogen testing.

The 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 kits, enhanced with a proprietary 3M nanotechnology, provide customers with a streamlined workflow that simplifies their pathogen testing. All four assays – Salmonella, Listeria, Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli O157 (including H7) – use a single assay protocol, enabling batch processing of samples and improving efficiency in the laboratory.

Incorporation of a unique color-change indicator provides increased confidence during the process. Compared to first generation tests, assay processing time is 30% faster and instrument run time is only one hour for E. coli O157 and Salmonella. Combined with short enrichment times, as low as eight hours for raw meat samples, these features give customers flexibility in their testing that allow them to make critical decisions faster.

“For existing customers, the transition from the first to second-generation assays will be seamless – all assays can be run simultaneously using the same compact 3M Molecular Detection Instrument, providing high efficiency and productivity in the laboratory,” said John David, global marketing supervisor with 3M Food Safety.

Individuals can visit www.3M.com/3MMolecularDetectionSystem/MDA2ECOLI to learn more about the technology and can contact their local 3M Food Safety representative for availability in their specific regions. In order to use the new assays on the existing instrument, customers simply need to download and install a free software upgrade available at www.3M.com/foodsafety. In addition to making the new assay platform compatible, the software enhancements feature a redesigned user interface and new features that allow for easier, more efficient data entry and improved administrative control.