Pure and Simple

Food safety is a worldwide problem. To help prevent contaminations that threaten public health, we’re innovating pathogen testing to make it easier, faster, and more reliable.

The Challenge

Because lives are on the line, food producers of all sizes monitor the world’s food supply for dangerous pathogens like Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria. The need for fast, accurate detection methods has only increased with new demands on the food supply, increased consumer awareness, and changes in food safety legislation.


Two Technologies, One Test

Looking to reduce the amount of time and money spent on analyzing food samples, 3M scientists created the 3M™ Molecular Detection System by combining two technologies, isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection—in a robust device smaller than a laptop.

“Numerous organisms can be tested in a single run, and it was designed to help our customers perform fewer repeat tests and make critical decisions faster.”

- Niki Montgomery

Global Marketing Development Manager, 3M Food Safety


Better design delivers better workflow

Accurate, fast, simple, and cost-effective, the 3M Molecular Detection System was designed to require less training and reduce the potential for human error. User-friendly touches like color-coded tubes and accessories go a long way to improving customer efficiencies.

“Protocols need to be followed for all systems to work—the one we offer is just a very simple one to follow.”

- Niki Montgomery


Protecting brands and bottom lines

Trusted by the world’s top food providers to ensure safe, quality food reaches the consumer, the system is simple to use, requires minimal maintenance, and is easy to integrate in both small and large operations. Launched in more than 29 languages, it’s an idea that now lives on around the globe, helping food suppliers safely feed people every day.