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    Recognize food spoilage with 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates

    Food spoilage can be microbiological or non-microbiological. Factors that contribute to microbial food spoilage include the nature of the food, pH, packaging environment, available water temperature and time.

    Read the lactic acid bacteria and food spoilage study

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    The future is green — make sure your lab is too

    3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates are a significantly more sustainable alternative to traditional agar methods.

    Read the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Brand sustainability brochure

    Read the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Brand sustainability calculation sell sheet

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Fresh science for the modern lab

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Reliable consistency and fast results with 3M™ Petrifilm™ Rapid Plates

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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.

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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

Resources for 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates

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