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3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates

3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates are made for today’s food science.
The global food safety landscape is continuously changing. Are you keeping up? Unlike traditional agar methods, 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates are ready to use — no prep required. Each slim pack offers consistent, uniform testing media. Just open it up and get right to work. Find new freedom with time to focus on what’s really important: quality and efficiency. It’s time to take a fresh look at food safety.

  • Ready to use — reduce or eliminate time-consuming agar prep
  • Proven testing methods for consistent, reliable results
  • Compact size uses less storage/incubator space

Available models

The 3M™ Petrifilm™ Aerobic Count Plate is a time-saving, sample-ready plate designed to determine total aerobic bacteria populations. 

The 3M Petrifilm Aerobic Count Plate provides total aerobic count in as little as 48 hours. A red indicator dye in the plate colors all colonies red for better contrast and easier colony counting. The red colonies are also easily distinguished from opaque food particles that can cause confusion when using other plating methods.

In addition, 3M Petrifilm Aerobic Count Plates can be used to aerobically or anaerobically enumerate lactic acid bacteria in food and environmental samples.

  • Aerobic Count results as soon as 48 hours.
  • Plates are sample-ready, eliminating the time-consuming, cumbersome step of preparing media/agar dishes.
  • Can be used with the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plate Reader for consistent, fast, automated reading and recording of results.
  • This plate has been awarded Official Methods of Analysis (OMA) #986.33 for Milk (OMA) #989.10 for Dairy products (OMA) #990.12 for Food NF VALIDATION certificate: 3M 01/01-09/89 by AFNOR Certification for All human food products, pet food, industrial environmental samples.
  • Food processors and Contract labs worldwide trust 3M Petrifilm Plates to provide accurate, efficient, consistent results.

Results in just 24 hours!

Aerobic plate count is the “go-to” indicator test for measuring the microorganism levels in food and food production areas and helps companies ensure quality and reduce food spoilage. So getting fast, accurate counts is critical for making time-sensitive decisions.

Faster results drive:

  • Quicker quality control decision-making and corrective action  
  • Raw material release decisions
  • Environmental cleaning and production decisions
  • Product release decisions

3M™ Petrifilm™ Rapid Aerobic Count Plates are fast, accurate, sample-ready culture medium systems. They contain nutrients, a coldwater-soluble gelling agent, and a dual-sensing indicator technology that allows you to easily count colonies in just 24 hours for most food matrices.

Faster results and less labor mean more time and resources for monitoring your processes, ensuring tighter process control and improving product quality.

  • Helps prevent the costly retesting and delayed results often caused by spreader colonies.
  • Proven as reliable as the SMA plate method

Faster results. Smarter decisions. Better process control.

  • Fast results. Get accurate results after just 24 hours incubation (excluding dairy powders). 
  • Easy interpretation. Unique technology resists distortion often caused by spreader colonies. 
  • Easy to use. Added foam barrier around the inoculation area makes the process easier.
  • Broad performance. Can be used on all foods. 
  • Versatile. Ideal for air, swab or surface contact environmental testing.

The 3M™ Petrifilm™ Lactic Acid Bacteria Count Plate is a time-saving, sample-ready plate designed to determine total lactic acid bacteria populations in food and environmental samples.

Introducing the first self-contained anaerobic plates for lactic acid bacteria testing: 3M™ Petrifilm™ Lactic Acid Bacteria Count Plates. Every day, food processors, retailers and consumers are forced to throw out food spoiled with lactic acid bacteria. These normally useful bacteria can cause undesirable changes to ready-to-eat meats and seafood, dressings and sauces, vegetables and many other processed foods. This not only contributes to food waste and costly recalls, but can also damage your brand reputation. 3M science brings you a better way to test for lactic acid bacteria in your food products, raw materials and production environment without the hassle of traditional agar methods – 3M™ Petrifilm™ Lactic Acid Bacteria Count Plates.

These ready-to-use plates simplify the testing process and give accurate results in less time, helping you reduce waste, minimize recalls and protect your reputation in the marketplace. Anaerobic made easy. Now you can get true anaerobic results using standard aerobic incubation conditions. 

  • Self-contained anaerobic environment enabled by oxygen-scavenging technology and oxygen-barrier films. No gas packs, chambers, or CO₂ incubators needed.
  • Results in 48 hours of incubation time.
  • Ready-to-use plates eliminates the need for labor intensive media preparation, special diluents and sample pH adjustment.
  • All-in-one method for differentiation of gas-producing colonies without Durham tubes or extra steps.
  • Proven reliability versus MRS and APT agar methods. Can be used to test a broad range of foods and environmental samples.
  • 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates use 75% less energy, use 79% less water, produce 75% less greenhouse gases and result in 66% less waste (by weight and volume) compared to competitive agar methods.
  • Companies worldwide trust 3M Petrifilm Plates to provide accurate, efficient, consistent results.

3M™ Petrifilm™ Coliform Count Plates provide a cost-effective, convenient and reliable method for testing equipment, raw materials, food products and manufacturing environmental samples.

 

The 3M Petrifilm Coliform Count Plate is a sample-ready-culture-medium system which contains Violet Red Bile (VRB) nutrients, a cold-water-soluble gelling agent, and a tetrazolium indicator that facilitates colony enumeration in food and beverage samples.

These plates provide total coliform count information with confirmed results in just 24 hours. By eliminating subsequent confirmation steps required with most traditional reference methods, the 3M Petrifilm Coliform Count Plates can help increase productivity and reduce overall lab costs.

  • Coliform results in 24 hours.
  • Plates are sample-ready, eliminating the time-consuming, cumbersome step of preparing media/agar dishes.
  • Can be used with the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plate Reader for consistent, fast, automated reading and recording of results.
  • This plate has been awarded Official Methods of Analysis (OMA) #986.33 for Milk, OMA #989.10 for dairy products and OMA #991.14 for Food NF VALIDATION certificates: 3M 01/02-09/89 A for all human food products (except raw shelffish), Pet Food and Environmental samples, 3M 01/02-09/89 B for all human food products (except raw shelffish), and 3M 01/02-09/89 C for all human food products by AFNOR Certification
  • Food processors and Contract labs worldwide trust 3M Petrifilm Plates to provide accurate, efficient, consistent results.

3M™ Petrifilm™ Aqua Coliform Count Plates are sample-ready media plates used to measure coliform levels and provide reliable test method for bottled water.

Each plate contains a water-soluble gelling agent, nutrients and indicators in a dry, shelf-stable format. The indicator dye colors all colonies red, and the top film traps the gas produced by the coliforms. Gas trapped around red coliform colonies indicates confirmed colonies.

  • Results in 24 hours.
  • Detects coliforms in bottled water.
  • Plates are sample-ready, eliminating the time-consuming, cumbersome step of preparing media/agar dishes.
  • This plate has been awarded AOAC® Performance Tested Methods℠ (PTM) Certificate #091101 for bottled water
  • compatible with membrane filtration systems

3M™ Petrifilm™ Rapid Coliform Count Plates are designed to provide fast, accurate results in detecting coliform contamination.

Coliform colonies may begin to appear at 6 hours of incubation as discrete yellow zones indicating colony forming units (CFUs). Presumptive coliforms may be be recorded at 14 hours. Confirmed coliforms will appear as red colonies associated with gas after 8 – 24 hours of incubation.

  • Coliform results in 6 - 14 hours. Confirmed coliform results at 24 hours.
  • Plates are sample-ready, eliminating the time-consuming, cumbersome step of preparing media/agar dishes.
  • Highly sensitive indicator provides faster results
  • This plate has been awarded Official Methods of Analysis (OMA) #2000.15 for Food and NF VALIDATION certificates: 3M-01/5-03/97 A for all Human food products , 3M-01/5-03/97 B for All humand food products and 3M-01/5-03/97 C for All humand food products (except process pork products) by AFNOR Certification.
  • Food processors and contract labs worldwide trust 3M Petrifilm Plates to provide accurate, efficient, consistent results.

The 3M™ Petrifilm™ High-Sensitivity Coliform Count Plate accommodates 5 mL samples and detection of low levels of confirmed coliforms in 24 hours.

This allows a 1-coliform-per-gram sensitivity if a 1:5 dilution of product is made. A 2-coliform-per-gram sensitivity is achieved if a 1:10 dilution is used. Whether testing milk, ice cream, cheese, or other food products, testing labs can benefit from the labor savings of 3M Petrifilm Plates. These plates reduce overall testing costs and allow producers to easily conform to higher sensitivity standards.

3M Petrifilm High-Sensitivity Coliform Count plates may be especially well-suited for use in facilities producing dairy products, where regulations and strict internal quality standards demand a high-sensitivity test that can deliver results quickly and accurately.

  • Coliform results in 24 hours.
  • Plates are sample-ready, eliminating the time-consuming, cumbersome step of preparing media/agar dishes.
  • Unique plate design to trap the gas produce by coliform
  • This plate has been awarded Official Methods of Analysis (OMA) #996.02 for Dairy products and NF VALIDATION certificate: 3M-01/7-03/99 for Human food products by AFNOR Certification.
  • Food processors and contract labs worldwide trust 3M Petrifilm Plates to provide accurate, efficient, consistent results.

3M™ Petrifilm™ E. coli/Coliform Count Plates provide a cost-effective, convenient and reliable method for testing equipment, raw materials, food products and manufacturing environmental samples.

The 3M Petrifilm E. coli/Coliform Count Plate is a sample-ready-culture-medium system which contains Violet Red Bile (VRB) nutrients, a cold-water-soluble gelling agent, an indicator of glucuronidase activity (BCIG), and a tetrazolium indicator that facilitates colony enumeration in food and beverage samples.

These plates provide both E. coli and total Coliform Count information with confirmed results in just 24-48 hours. By eliminating subsequent confirmation steps required with most traditional reference methods, the 3M Petrifilm E. coli/Coliform Count Plates can help increase productivity and reduce overall lab costs.

  • Confirmed E. coli results in 24-48 hours.
  • Plates are sample-ready, eliminating the time-consuming, cumbersome step of preparing media/agar dishes.
  • Can be used with the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plate Reader for consistent, fast, automated reading and recording of results.
  • This plate has been awarded Official Methods of Analysis OMA #991.14.for Food OMA # 998.08 for Poultry, Meat and Sea Food
  • Food processors and Contract labs worldwide trust 3M Petrifilm Plates to provide accurate, efficient, consistent results.

3M™ Petrifilm™ Rapid E. coli/Coliform Count Plates provide a cost-effective, convenient and reliable method for testing equipment, raw materials, food products and manufacturing environmental samples.

The 3M™ Petrifilm™ Rapid E. coli / Coliform Count (REC) Plate is a selective and differential sample-ready-culture medium system which contains proprietary nutrients, a cold-water-soluble gelling agent, 5-bromo-4-chloro-3-indolyl-D-glucuronide (BCIG) an indicator of glucuronidase activity, and a tetrazolium indicator that facilitates colony enumeration. The 3M Petrifilm REC Plate is used for the enumeration of Escherichia coli (E. coli) and coliforms in the food and beverage industries.

These plates provide both E. coli and total coliform count information with confirmed in just 18-24 hours. By eliminating subsequent confirmation steps required with most traditional reference methods, the 3M Petrifilm Rapid E. coli/Coliform Count Plates can help increase productivity and reduce overall lab costs.

  • E. coli and coliform results in 18-24 hours
  • Plates are sample-ready, eliminating the time-consuming, cumbersome step of preparing media/agar dishes.
  • Food processors and contract labs worldwide trust 3M Petrifilm Plates to provide accurate, efficient, consistent results.
  • This plate has been awarded Official Methods of Analysis (OMA) #2018.13 for select food and MicroVal certificate no. 2017LR76 for a broad range of foods and select environmental surfaces by Lloyd's Register Nederland B.V. following ISO 16140-2. Food Categories tested: meat products, dairy and egg products, fish and seafood products, vegetable products, ready to eat and ready to reheat, animal feed and samples from the industrial production environment

3M™ Petrifilm™ Enterobacteriaceae Count Plates provide a cost-effective, convenient and reliable method for testing equipment, raw materials, food products and manufacturing environmental samples and bottled water testing

3M™ Petrifilm™ Enterobacteriaceae Count Plates enable you to quickly determine potential sources of contamination. This plate enumerates all coliforms as well as potential pathogens such as SalmonellaShigella and Yersini.

The 3M Petrifilm Enterobacteriaceae Count Plate can also be read using the 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader which provides consistent, fast, automated reading and recording of results of 3M Petrifilm Plates (Aerobic Count, Rapid Aerobic Count, Coliform Count, E. coli/Coliform Count, Enterobacteriaceae Count and Select E. coli Count ) in 4 seconds.

  • Results in 24 hours.
  • Plates are sample-ready, eliminating the time-consuming, cumbersome step of preparing media/agar dishes.
  • Can be used with the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plate Reader for consistent, fast, automated reading and recording of results.
  • This plate has been awarded Official Methods of Analysis (OMA) #2003.01 for selected foods and NF VALIDATION certificate: 3M 01/6-09/97 for All human food products, Animal feed and Industrial environmental samples by AFNOR Certification.
  • Food processors and Contract labs worldwide trust 3M Petrifilm Plates to provide accurate, efficient, consistent results.

3M™ Petrifilm™ Environmental Listeria Plates detect the presence of Listeria in environmental samples. A sample-ready culture medium containing selective agents, nutrients, a cold water-soluble gelling agent and a chromogenic indicator.

This is designed to analyze environmental samples and help increase the efficiency of monitoring plant sanitation.

  • Proven cost effective tool for the detection of environmental Listeria.
  • Unique results (qualitative, semi-quantitative and quantitative) allow identification of hot spots in plant and track progress against Listeria over time.
  • Rapid results in 26-30 hours from sample collection.
  • Safer method: no enrichment, no culture transfers.
  • This plate has been awarded Performance Tested Method (PTM) #030601 for stainless steel, ceramic tile and sealed concrete
  • Food processors and contract labs worldwide trust 3M Petrifilm Plates to provide accurate, efficient, consistent results.

3M™ Petrifilm™ Staph Express Count Plates provide Staphylococcus aureus results. S. aureus appears as distinctive red-violet colonies. Other colonies have to be checked using the Staph express disk.

If you encounter high background flora in your staph testing, the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Staph Express Disk can be used to identify Staph aureus from all suspect colonies.

Recommended Industries: Bakery, Confectionary, Dairy, Eggs, Fruits & Vegetables, Meat, Pet Food & Animal Feed, Poultry, Seafood

  • Results in 24 Hours.
  • Plates are sample-ready, eliminating the time-consuming, cumbersome step of preparing media/agar dishes.
  • This plate has been awarded Official Methods of Analysis (OMA) #2003.07, #2003.8 and #2003.11 and NF VALIDATION certificates: 3M-01/9-04/03 A and 3M-01/9-04/03 B by AFNOR Certification.
  • 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates use 75% less energy, use 79% less water, produce 75% less greenhouse gases and result in 66% less waste (by weight and volume) compared to competitive agar methods.
  • Companies worldwide trust 3M Petrifilm Plates to provide accurate, efficient, consistent results.

3M™ Petrifilm™ Staph Express Disks Have to be used to distinguish Staphylococcus aureus from all suspect colonies.

Used when background flora exists in your staph testing. This disk is used to identify Staph aureus from all suspect colonies.

Recommended industries: Bakery, Confectionary, Dairy, Eggs, Fruits & Vegetables, Meat, Pet Food & Animal Feed, Poultry, Seafood

  • Utilizes the convenience and efficiency of the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plate platform.
  • Proven cost effective tool for the detection of Staph aureus.
  • Results in as few as 22 hours.

Details

  • Results in 3-5 days.
  • Plates are sample-ready, eliminating the time-consuming, cumbersome step of preparing media/agar dishes.
  • No pH adjustment is required
  • This plate has been awarded Official Methods of Analysis (OMA) #997.02 for food
  • Food processors and Contract labs worldwide trust 3M Petrifilm Plates to provide accurate, efficient, consistent results.

This 3M Petrifilm Yeast and Mold Count Plate is a sample-ready-culture medium system which contains nutrients supplmented with antibiotics, a cold-water-soluble gelling agent, and an indicator that facilitates yeast and mold enumeration.

Yeasts are easily differentiated from molds on the plate:

  • Yeasts are typically indicated by small, blue-green colonies with defined edges and no foci.
  • Molds are indicated by large, variably-colored colonies with diffuse edges and center foci.

3M™ Petrifilm™ Aqua Yeast and Mold Count Plates are a sample-ready culture medium system which contain nutrients supplemented with antibiotics, a cold-water-soluble gelling agent, and an indicator that facilitates yeast and mold enumeration.

These plates are used for the enumeration of yeast and mold in bottled water industries.

  • Results in 3-5 days.
  • Detects yeast and mold in bottled water.
  • Plates are sample-ready, eliminating the time-consuming, cumbersome step of preparing media/agar dishes.
  • compatible with membrane filtration systems
  • Botlled water producers and contract labs worldwide trust 3M Petrifilm Plates to provide accurate, efficient, consistent results.

3M™ Petrifilm™ Rapid Yeast and Mold Count Plate features a new indicator technology that makes colonies easier to interpret. This sample-ready-culture-medium system provides results in as little as 48 hours of incubation time.

 

Yeast and molds can grow in a wide range of conditions in raw materials, finished products and production environments, making them difficult to control. The 3M™ Petrifilm™ Rapid Yeast and Mold Count Plate method is faster and easier than the traditional agar method that requires a five-day incubation period. This plate features a new indicator technology that makes colonies easier to interpret. This sample-ready-culture-medium system provides results in as little as 48 hours of incubation time.

Proven as reliable as the DRBC and DG-18 spread plate methods as well as the acidified PDA and YGC agar pour plate methods, 3M Petrifilm Rapid Yeast and Mold Count Plates also enhance productivity by eliminating the inoculation of multiple spread plates, the addition of antibiotics or tartaric acid, and the agar preparation process altogether. Faster results provide more time to monitor processes and ensure tighter process controls along with a higher quality product.

  • Yeast and mold results in 48-72 hours.
  • Easy to use: Added foam barrier around the inoculation area makes inoculating the plates easier
  • Easy to interpret: Special technology keeps mold colonies from spreading and overlapping
  • This plate has been awarded Official Methods of Analysis (OMA) #2014.05 for Select food and NF VALIDATION certificate: 3M 01/13-07/14 for All human food products, Pet food, Animal feed and Environmental products (primary production sample excepted) by AFNOR Certification.
  • Food processors and contract labs worldwide trust 3M Petrifilm Plates to provide accurate, efficient, consistent results.
  • Broad food performance: Can be used with both low and high water activity foods
  • Versatile: It can be used for air, swab or surface contact environmental sampling

3M™ Petrifilm™ Salmonella Express Plate is a sample ready media for detection of Salmonella.

  • Plate provides presumptive positive Salmonella results in as little as 40 hours for low-background, processed foods and 48 hours for high-background, non-processed foods.
  • Utilizes the convenience and efficiency of the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plate platform to deliver an all-in-one test and biochemical confirmation method.
  • Confirmation disk easily added to plate for biochemical confirmation, results in 4-5 hours.
  • Only one enrichment for low-background, processed foods.
  • This plate has been awarded AOAC® Performance Tested Methods℠ (PTM) Certificate #061301.
  • 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates use 75% less energy, use 79% less water, produce 75% less greenhouse gases and result in 66% less waste (by weight and volume) compared to competitive agar methods.

3M™ Petrifilm™ Salmonella Express Confirmation Disk for biochemical detection of Salmonella organisms.

  • Confirmation disk easily added to plate for biochemical confirmation.
  • Results in 4-5 hours.

3M™ Petrifilm™ Aqua Heterotrophic Count Plates provide fast, accurate results in enumerating heterotrophic bacteria in the bottled water industry.

These plates are used for the enumeration of heterotrophic bacteria in bottled water industries.

  • Results in 48-72 hours hours.
  • Detects heterotrophic bacteria in bottled water.
  • Plates are sample-ready, eliminating the time-consuming, cumbersome step of preparing media/agar dishes.
  • compatible with membrane filtration systems
  • Botlled water producers and contract labs worldwide trust 3M Petrifilm Plates to provide accurate, efficient, consistent results.
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