The VIA allows food processors to monitor Listeria levels to identify hot spots within the plant and track progress. Using 3M Enviro Swabs or sponges, the sample is collected and enriched before being placed in the assay where the results are read and interpreted.
For the VIA PTM study, artificially contaminated surfaces were evaluated as compared to the appropriate US Food and Drug Administration or US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service reference method.
"The 3M Tecra Listeria VIA provides operation flexibility, further validating the diverse solutions 3M Food Safety is bringing to the marketplace," said DeAnn Benesh, regulatory affairs specialist with 3M Food Safety.
"This validation, coupled with recent 3M Molecular Detection Assay approvals, demonstrates 3M's commitment to quality and safe food."