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3M Food Safety unveils Molecular Detection Assay for Listeria monocytogenes

FBR Staff Writer Published 11 July 2013

US-based 3M Food Safety has unveiled a new Molecular Detection Assay for Listeria monocytogenes, the fourth test from the Molecular Detection System which provides testing for pathogens in a variety of food matrices.

According to the company, the 3M Molecular Detection Assays utilize isothermal amplification of nucleic acid sequences, bioluminescence to detect the amplification.

The system is fast, cost-effective and easy to use, without compromising sensitivity or specificity. Presumptive positive results are reported in real-time while negative results are displayed after the assay is completed.

3M Food Safety global marketing and development manager Niki Montgomery said: "Listeria monocytogenes is a highly dangerous pathogen that remains a serious concern in the food processing industry, so we are pleased to offer such a simple and reliable solution for detecting it."

The 3M Molecular Detection System was launched in December 2011 for food processors, third-party reference laboratories and other customers. The technology is designed for enriched foods as well as food process samples.