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How to use 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates

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    1. Innoculate

    Eliminate media prep — plates are ready to inoculate.

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    2. Incubate

    A compact incubator is all you need.

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    3. Interpret

    Indicator dyes facilitate colony counting.


3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates: Certifications and validations

Third-party validations such as AOAC confirm that the method has been scrutinized to prove that it is reliable, repeatable and has performed equal to or better than the reference method to which it was compared.

  • AOAC® Performance Tested Methods℠ (PTM)

  • AOAC® Official Methods of Analysis℠ (OMA)

  • NF VALIDATION by AFNOR Certification

  • Health Canada Certification

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