ST. PAUL, Minn. – The 3M Molecular Detection Assay for E. coli O157 (including H7) has received NF Validation from AFNOR Certification for successfully detecting the bacteria in raw beef, fruit, vegetables and dairy products.

NF Validation requires products undergo a multi-phased scientific review. The 3M assay was evaluated under the ISO 16140 standard by an expert independent laboratory, and then further analyzed by 15 European laboratories to confirm reproducibility and repeatability. Additionally, the assay was tested by an independent laboratory before obtaining AOAC-PTM approval from the AOAC Research Institute in July 2012.

“We’re pleased to see our easy-to-use 3M Molecular Detection System continue performing so well in third-party certifications,” said Marie-Pierre Copin, 3M Food Safety European regulatory affairs specialist. “Having such rigorous demonstration of the performance for our technology is really valuable to our customers selling and operating throughout the world.”

The certification is valid for four years. A similar evaluation process was completed recently for 3M’s Molecular Detection Assay for Salmonella.