The 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Cronobacter was launched last year and is compatible with the company’s Molecular Detection System.
This system uses isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection to test for pathogens which, according to 3M, overcomes the limitations of conventional agar and PCR-based methods.
The approval process involved testing by an independent lab per the protocol of the AOAC Research Institute. It was tested on powdered infant formula, powdered infant cereal, lactose powder and an environmental surface.
The 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Cronobacter delivers results for samples between 10 and 300g after 18 hours of enrichment.
Cronobacter species, formerly known as Enterobacter sakazakii, are a group of bacteria found in powdered foods and supplements and often in infant formula. The bacteria can survive for up to two years and cause life-threatening infections in newborns.
“While less well known than other foodborne pathogens like Listeria or Salmonella, Cronobacter is no less dangerous – particularly because it preys on some of the most vulnerable populations,” said Carolina Riba, 3M global marketing manager.