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How to get started with environmental monitoring

Understanding the concepts and strategies is the first step towards successfully implementing environmental monitoring as a part of your food safety program. Download the Handbook to get started, and reach out to our team of experts to discuss your program in more detail.


Peace of mind for manufacturers.

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    Reach the next level of food safety and quality

    Identify potential spoilage or safety issues in your facility, help prevent costly product recalls, and deliver better food quality for your customers with efficient and productive environmental monitoring tools. It's all possible when you use 3M products and solutions.

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    Continuous improvements driven by data
    With the right data analysis and management, like that available from the 3M™ Clean-Trace™ Hygiene Monitoring Software, you can help identify and justify new opportunities for cleaning and sanitation improvements throughout your facility.
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    Inspire a food safety culture
    Inspire and build a better food safety culture by embedding an environmental monitoring program into your organisation. With a variety of 3M solutions and our customer-focused educational resources at hand, you'll have what you need to foster positive change and make a difference for your customers and your company.

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Improve your environmental monitoring with a consultation.

Gain insights to optimise your environmental monitoring. Request an assessment to identify areas for possible improvement and get resources to step up your program.

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Innovating to simplify

3M Food Safety offers innovative solutions for environmental monitoring in every zone of your facility, from food contact zones (Zone 1) to non-food contact zones (Zones 2 to 4). Download this infographic to see where to focus different test methods within a manufacturing environment.

  •  3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates
    Indicator and spoilage testing

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    3M™ Petrifilm™ Rapid Plates produce results two times faster than traditional methods, so you can confidently make time-sensitive decisions.
    • Ready to use – reduce or eliminate time-consuming agar prep.
    • Proven testing methods for consistent, reliable results.
    • Compact size uses less storage/incubator space.

     

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    Hygiene Monitoring

    3M™ Clean-Trace™ Hygiene Monitoring System

     
    Hygiene monitoring solutions that make you shine.
    • Use ATP testing with visual inspection and microbiological testing for a robust hygiene monitoring program.
    • 3M Clean-Trace System provides real-time testing results and data trending.

     

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    Pathogen testing

    3M™ Molecular Detection System

     
    • Tests for multiple organisms in a single run. Positive samples are identified as early as 15 minutes.
    • Removable heater for easy cleaning and decontamination.
    • Uses a single post-enrichment protocol and provides results.

     

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    Sample Collection

    3M™ Sample Collection, Preparation & Processing

    • Collect samples in each zone to ensure effective cleaning.
    • Compatible with indicator and pathogen testing.
    • 3M sample collection technology offers solutions for a wide spectrum of neutralisers.

     

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    Allergen testing

    3M™ ELISA Testing Kit & Lateral Flow Device

    • Test areas with direct food contact, prioritising Zones 1 and 2.
    • Identify and monitor potential areas of cross-contact to minimise contamination.
    • 3M™ Allergen Testing provides accurate detection of processed and unprocessed target proteins.

     

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    Lab automation

    3M™ Petrifilm™ Plate Reader Advanced

     
    • Productive: Save time counting – enumerates plates in 6 seconds or less.
    • Proficient: Standardised technology enables accurate colony counting.
    • Proactive: Software simplifies results storage and offers data analytics.

     


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Validations and Recognitions

Third-party validation confirms that our products used for environmental monitoring are reliable and repeatable, performing equal to or better than the reference method to which each was compared. Learn more about the importance of laboratory recognition and third party validated methods (PDF, 1 MB).

View validations: 3M Petrifilm Plate validations (PDF, 268 KB) | 3M Molecular Detection System validations (PDF, 236 KB)

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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Selected as the primary detection method for Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes and Campylobacter
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    U.S. Food & Drug Administration
    U.S. FDA Equivalent Testing Methodologies for Listeria species and Listeria monocytogenes in Environmental Samples
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    AOAC International
    20 AOAC International Official Methods of Analysis (OMA) Validations and 14 AOAC Performance Tested Method (PTM) Certifications
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    AFNOR
    19 NF VALIDATION by AFNOR Certifications

Learn About Key Environmental Monitoring Topics

  • Doctor Randy Worobo
    Food Spoilage Learning Pathway

    Did you know that environmental monitoring can improve product quality, reduce spoilage and extend shelf life? Learn more about controlling food spoilage in this 6-part learning pathway from Cornell University’s Dr Randy Worobo.

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  • Doctor Martin Wiedmann webinar
    Reducing Risks - Webinar

    Effective environmental monitoring programs can help to reduce the risk of recalls, extend product shelf life, streamline production and increase customer satisfaction. Join Dr Martin Wiedmann of Cornell University for a 5-part environmental monitoring learning pathway designed to step through levels of content from beginner to intermediate and advanced.

    Visit 3M Health Care Academy


Additional Resources for Creating an Environmental Monitoring Program

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    Environmental Monitoring Procedures

    Learn how to use 3M Petrifilm Plates as part of your environmental monitoring program.

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    Back to Basics: Hygiene Monitoring

    Explore the role of hygiene monitoring in an environmental monitoring program.

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    Environmental Listeria Detection

    Learn why 3M Molecular Detection System is validated for Listeria detection in meat, seafood, dairy and retail environments.

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    3M™ Sponge Stick and 3M™ Hydrated Sponge

    Here are key considerations for meeting your organisation's sample collection needs.

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    Listeria Recovery After Extended Refrigeration

    See how 3M™ Hydrated-Sponges make product sampling easier and more convenient.


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