Environmental Monitoring

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How to get started with environmental monitoring.

Understanding the concepts and strategies behind environmental monitoring is a first step towards successfully implementing it as a part of your food safety program. Download the Environmental Monitoring Handbook to get started, and reach out to our team of experts to discuss your program in more detail.

Peace of mind for manufacturers.

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    Improve food safety and quality

    Identify potential spoilage or safety issues in your facility, help prevent costly product recalls and deliver a better quality of food for your customers. It's all possible when you use 3M solutions as part of a robust environmental monitoring program.

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    Continuous improvements driven by data

    With the right data analysis and management, like that available from the 3M™ Clean-Trace™ Hygiene Monitoring Software, you can help identify and justify new opportunities for cleaning and sanitation improvements throughout your facility.

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    Inspire a food safety culture

    Inspire and build a better food safety culture by embedding an environmental monitoring program into your organization. With a variety of 3M solutions and our customer-focused educational resources at hand, you'll have what you need to foster positive change and make a difference for your customers and your company.

Innovating to simplify.

3M Food Safety offers innovative solutions for environmental monitoring in every zone of your facility, from food contact zones (Zone 1) to non-food contact zones (Zones 2 to 4). Download this infographic (PDF, 1.07 MB) to see where to focus different test methods within a manufacturing environment.

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    Indicator and spoilage testing

    3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates

    • Test across all zones, with increased focus on Zones 1 and 2.
    • Identify indicator and spoilage organisms on processing equipment and environment.
    • 3M Petrifilm Plates are ready-to-use testing solutions to verify and validate sanitation.

    Explore 3M Petrifilm Plates

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    Hygiene Monitoring

    3M™ Clean-Trace™ Hygiene Monitoring System


    • Test regularly in Zones 1 and 2.
    • Use ATP testing with visual inspection and microbiological testing for a robust hygiene monitoring program.
    • 3M Clean-Trace System provides real-time testing results and data trending.


    Explore the 3M Clean-Trace Hygiene Monitoring System

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    Pathogen testing

    3M™ Molecular Detection System


    • Test across all zones, with increased focus on Zones 2 and 3.
    • Identify pathogen sources before they lead to contamination.
    • 3M Molecular Detection System uses a single post-enrichment protocol and provides results.


    Explore the 3M Molecular Detection System

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    Sample Collection

    3M™ Environmental Scrub Sampler


    • Collect samples in each zone to ensure effective cleaning.
    • Compatible with indicator and pathogen testing.
    • 3M sample collection technology offers solutions for a wide spectrum of neutralizers.


    Explore Sample Collection Products

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    Allergen testing

    3M™ ELISA Testing Kit & Lateral Flow Device


    • Test areas with direct food contact, prioritizing Zones 1 and 2.
    • Identify and monitor potential areas of cross-contact to minimize contamination.
    • 3M™ Allergen Testing provides accurate detection of processed and unprocessed target proteins.


    Explore 3M Allergen Testing

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    Lab automation

    3M™ Petrifilm™ Plate Reader Advanced & Hamilton® foodInspect™ NIMBUS®


    • Technology to help labs improve productivity.
    • Available software to track and record test results.
    • 3M automation technology can free up time to take on more value-added tasks.


    Explore 3M Lab Automation Capabilities

Validations and Recognitions

Third-party validation confirms that our products used for environmental monitoring are reliable and repeatable, performing equal to or better than the reference method to which each was compared. Learn more about the importance of laboratory recognition and third party validated methods (PDF, 1 MB).

View validations: 3M Petrifilm Plate validations (PDF, 268 KB) | 3M Molecular Detection System validations (PDF, 236 KB)

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    US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service

    Selected as the primary detection
    method for Salmonella, Listeria

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    US Food & Drug Administration

    U.S. FDA Equivalent Testing
    Methodologies for Listeria species
    and Listeria monocytogenes in
    Environmental Samples

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    AOAC International

    20 AOAC International Official Methods of Analysis (OMA) Validations and 14 AOAC Performance Tested Method (PTM) Certifications

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    19 NF VALIDATION by AFNOR Certifications

Learn About Key Environmental Monitoring Topics

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    Food Spoilage Learning Pathway

    Did you know that environmental monitoring can be used to improve product quality, reduce spoilage and extend shelf life? Learn more about controlling food spoilage in this 6-part learning pathway from Cornell University’s Dr. Randy Worobo.

    Watch Webinar

  • Doctor Martin Wiedmann webinar
    Reducing Risks - Webinar

    Effective environmental monitoring programs can help to reduce risk of recalls, extend product shelf life, streamline production and increase customer satisfaction. Join Dr. Martin Wiedmann of Cornell University for a 5-part environmental monitoring learning pathway designed to step through levels of content from beginner, to intermediate and advanced.

    Start the learning pathway

    Visit 3M Health Care Academy


Additional Resources for Creating an Environmental Monitoring Program

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    Environmental Monitoring Procedures

    Learn how to use 3M Petrifilm Plates as part of your environmental monitoring program.

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    Back to Basics: Hygiene Monitoring

    Explore the role of hygiene monitoring in an environmental monitoring program.

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    Environmental Listeria Detection

    Learn why 3M Molecular Detection System is validated for Listeria detection in meat, seafood, dairy and retail environments.

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    Here are key considerations for meeting your organization's sample collection needs.

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    Listeria Recovery After Extended Refrigeration

    See how 3M™ Hydrated-Sponges make product sampling easier and more convenient.

  • Environmental Monitoring Articles

    Stay current on additional environmental monitoring topics.

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