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3M™ Petrifilm™ Aqua Plates Food Safety Press Release

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3M™ Petrifilm™ Aqua Plates Food Safety Press Release

  1. 1. Contact: Mary Kokkinen Aaron Berstler 3M Kohnstamm Communications (651) 733-8806 (651) 789-1264 mckokkinen@mmm.com aaron@kohnstamm.comFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE3M Brings Innovation in Microbiology Testing to Beverage Industry - New 3M Petrifilm Aqua Plates bring the modern, reliable convenience of food microbiology testing to global water and beverage processing industries -ST. PAUL, Minn. – March 9, 2011– For over 26 years, the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plate hasbeen a trusted and standard microorganism testing tool for food processers throughout theworld. Today 3M Food Safety unveiled the launch of the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Aqua Plates,available immediately for testing bottled water, in beverage and food processing plants.“We are excited to bring this product to the beverage bottling industry. For companies inthis sector, this innovative method provides a new alternative testing process totraditional agar petri dishes,” said Bob Young, senior technical service specialist, 3MFood Safety.Containing a water-soluble gelling agent, nutrients and indicators, 3M Petrifilm AquaPlates test for the four most common contaminates that threaten a company’s product:heterotrophic count, coliform, yeast and mold, and enterobacteriaceae. Today’s beverageand food processers often produce their own agars or purchase premade dishes. Bothpractices require a large investment in employee time, excessive refrigeration space andunnecessary waste.Bringing modern convenience to the water and beverage industries, 3M’s sample-readyplates replace conventional agar petri dishes by offering a reliable, simple way to assessproduct safety.“The plates are easy to use and offer quality assurance professionals the opportunity tostreamline their testing process. Results from third party testing have shown the 3MPetrifilm Aqua Plates perform similar to global standard methods. 3M Petrifilm Platescan save companies considerable time and money,” said Eric Amann, global marketingdevelopment manager, 3M Food Safety. -more-
  2. 2. Those working in the water and beverage industries face more rigorous safety regulationsand increased quality expectations from customers every year. 3M’s Petrifilm AquaPlates allow producers who make their own agar to experience consistent quality, ease-of-use, and increased productivity, while creating less waste and using less storage space.An industry study conducted with 292 food-processing plants demonstrated an 80 percentincrease in technician productivity (tests per hour), saving companies an average of 3.7hours per day of technician time. Consequently, the saved time can be redirected to morevalue-adding activities such as increased sampling, production monitoring and HACCPprogramming.To learn more about purchasing or testing 3M Petrifilm Aqua Plates, visitwww.3M.com/foodsafety or contact a customer care representative at 1-800-328-1671.3M Food Safety is the leader of innovative solutions that help the food and beverageindustry optimize the quality and safety of their products to enable consumer protection.At every step, 3M Food Safety provides solutions that help mitigate risk, improveoperational efficiencies and impact the bottom line.About 3M Health Care3M Health Care, one of 3M’s six major business segments, provides world-classinnovative products and services to help healthcare professionals improve the practice,delivery and outcome of patient care in medical, oral care, drug delivery, food safety andhealth information markets. Learn more at 3M Healthcare.About 3M3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingeniousproducts. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerfultechnologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stopsinventing. With $27 billion in sales, 3M employs about 80,000 people worldwide and hasoperations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow@3MNews on Twitter. ###

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