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3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates & Plate Reader
3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates and 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plate Reader... improving productivity and reducing costs. Saving food and beverage processors time and money for over 24 years. You want your lab to provide fast, consistently accurate tests and analysis and to meet stringent safety and hygiene requirements. As stakes keep getting higher, you can count on 3M™ Petrifilm™ Products to help you improve technician productivity which can help you improve overall profitability. 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates counted and recorded in a database in four seconds!
Improving technician efficiency. Reducing labor costs. Petrifilm Plates increase the productivity of QA personnel by an average of 80.5 percent.1 In one study, labor was determined to be the most significant factor in the cost of microbial testing. In another industry study conducted with 292 food processing plants, companies saved an average of 3.7 hours per day of technician time by using Petrifilm Plates.1
Microbial Testing Cost Breakdown
Percent Efficiency Increase 120
Number of Plants
% Testing Efficiency Gain
Traditional Agar Method
Productivity in Your Lab
Put 3M Petrifilm Plate technology to work for you. ™
Protecting companies and brands. While maximizing productivity is essential in today’s business world, providing the
Step 1: Inoculate
highest quality product is paramount. You can trust Petrifilm Plates to reduce variability, from technician to technician, shift to shift, plant to plant. Petrifilm Plate methods are recognized as AOAC INTERNATIONAL Official Methods of ®
Analysis . More than 200 evaluations have been completed from validating agencies and SM 2
peer-review publications worldwide on the precise, consistent results delivered by Petrifilm Plates. These are just some of the reasons Petrifilm Plates are proven and trusted by 86 of 1
the top 100 U.S. food companies.
Step 2: Incubate
A wide spectrum to meet your needs. Petrifilm Plates are available for most microbial testing needs, including: • Aerobic Count • Coliform Count • E. coli/Coliform Count • Enterobacteriaceae Count • Environmental Listeria • High-Sensitivity Coliform Count • Rapid Coliform Count • Staph Express Count • Yeast & Mold Count
1. Data on file. 2. 3M Petrifilm Environmental Listeria Plate is an AOAC-RI Method: Certification #030601.
Step 3: Count
3M Petrifilm Plates... Take a closer look. ™
Aerobic Count Plate An indicator dye in the plate colors all colonies red. Results in 48 hours.
Coliform Count Plate An indicator dye in the plate colors coliform colonies red and top film traps gas produced by coliforms. Results in 24 hours.
Staph Express Count Plate An indicator dye in the plate typically colors staph colonies red-violet. Simple disk assay confirms results in as few as 22 hours.
Rapid Coliform Count Plate An indicator dye in the plate colors colonies red with yellow acid zones. Early coliform results within 6 to 14 hours. Final results in 8 to 24 hours.
High-Sensitivity Coliform Count Plate An indicator dye in the plate colors coliform colonies red and top film traps gas produced by coliforms. Results in 24 hours.
Yeast and Mold Count Plate An indicator dye in the plate colors yeast colonies blue-green. Molds colonies are variably colored. Results in 3 to 5 days.
E. coli/Coliform Count Plate An indicator dye in the plate colors E. coli colonies blue and top film traps gas. Coliform colonies are red or blue and top film traps gas. Results in 24 hours for meat, poultry and seafood or 48 hours for all other foods.
Enterobacteriaceae Count Plate An indicator dye in the plate colors colonies red. Count all colonies with yellow or cream colored zones (acid) with or without associated gas bubbles. Results in 24 hours.
Environmental Listeria Plate An indicator dye in the plate colors target Listeria colonies red-violet. Results in 31 hours.
3M Petrifilm Plate Reader... consistently accurate counts in just 4 seconds. ™
Automated plate reading is fast and simple. This compact machine fits efficiently into the lab environment and saves critical time by automating your lab’s labor intensive plate reading. Technicians are free to tackle the other jobs that demand their attention, confident that the Petrifilm Plate Reader will handle its tasks with excellent performance, time after time. It processes the three most common plate tests (Aerobic Count, Coliform Count, E. coli/Coliform Count) to handle the majority of your plate reading needs. The Petrifilm Plate Reader: • reduces the chance for human error and eliminates variations between different lab technicians • stores data for audit purposes or FDA 21CFR Part11 compliance • actual color images of plates that can be stored for further interpretation Results and a color image of the plate appear on your computer screen, simplifying colony verification.
Log file data is automatically stored and easily transferred into a text file, making exporting of essential information easy.
Global experience. Local Support. You don’t need to wait. Every day, in more than 100 countries, 3M Microbiology products are helping food and beverage processors succeed in achieving their goal of maintaining the highest food safety standards possible. And every day, 3M Microbiology people are supporting our customers by providing the highest levels of service and technical support that we can offer. For accurate data you can trust every day, talk to your 3M Microbiology sales representative about putting the confidence and power of 3M
Petrifilm Plates and the 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader to work for you. ™
We also offer a comprehensive line of sampling and specialty media products for all of your food safety testing needs. For more information, contact your local 3M Microbiology representative or visit www.3M.com/microbiology.
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