3M Food Safety has revealed that its 3M Petrifilm Aqua Coliform Count Plate has received NF Validation from France-based Association Francaise de Normalisation (AFNOR) for its ability to detect and enumerate colonies of Escherichia coli and coliform bacteria in bottled water samples.
3M Food Safety has revealed that its 3M Petrifilm Aqua Coliform Count Plate has received NF Validation for its ability to detect and enumerate colonies of Escherichia coli and coliform bacteria in bottled water samples.
Validated against ISO 9308-1, the AFNOR certification confirmed that the microbiological analysis of 3M's indicator technology performs as well or better than conventional and more time-consuming reference methods, the company said.
This compliance follows prior validation of the 3M Petrifilm Aqua Coliform Count Plate as a Performance Tested Method (PTM) in the US under the guidelines of the Maryland-based (US) AOAC Research Institute.
The 3M Petrifilm Aqua Plate technology was introduced globally in March 2011, offering bottled water processors a microbial testing tool that delivers simplicity, consistent performance, minimal storage and enhanced productivity, compared to reference methods that use bulkier media pads, disposable filter funnels and agar petri dishes.
Marie-Pierre Copin, 3M Food Safety regulatory affairs specialist in France, said:"AFNOR's validation provides an important vote of confidence - one we know customers around the entire world trust and respect.
"Safe water is obviously a global concern, and water bottlers everywhere need reliable methods of assurance against harmful organisms like coliform and E. coli."
Source: 3M Food Safety
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