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3M Petrifilm Plates
Improving Productivity
and Reducing Costs

3M Petrifilm Plates.
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Technology that makes a difference.

As a recognized leader in microbial testing, 3M Microbiology has responded to the unique needs of
the food and beverage industry with innovative solutions for your laboratory. 3M Petrifilm plates
are a family of sample-ready plates that are uniquely designed to offer you time savings, increased
productivity, reliability and most of all, greater overall efficiency that you can feel confident about.
For technology that makes a difference, look to 3M Petrifilm plates.

Saving time to improve efficiency.

Petrifilm plates increase the productivity of QA personnel by
Accurate results in three easy steps.
an average of 82 percent. Petrifilm plates save labor time by reducing microbial testing
Percent Efficiency Increase to three simple steps:
That’s because lab 120
technicians conduct
Number of Plants

testing much faster 73 Inoculate
with Petrifilm plates 60 66
Petrifilm plates are easy to
than with conventional inoculate with a sample.
methods. 0 15 22
30-60 60-90 90-120 120-150 150-240
% Testing Efficiency Gain

Reduce labor costs.

Because labor, rather than materials, is the largest cost
component of microbial testing, using Petrifilm plates
will help you control costs and increase
26-Plant Study The space-saving design
productivity for better Labor 70.7%
maximizes incubator space.
overall efficiency.

In an industry study Overhead 15.7%

Waste 1.5%
conducted with 292 food Materials 12.1%
processing plants, companies
A built-in grid makes
using Petrifilm plates saved an
counting colonies fast and easy.
average of 3.7 hours per day
of technician time.

These labor savings allow

you to address other priorities
that can contribute to the
overall Quality Assurance effort.
Reliability you can trust.
3M Petrifilm plates have become the industry standard in food testing because they provide
reliable results, technician-to-technician, shift-to-shift, plant-to-plant. Plus, Petrifilm
plates are AOAC® Official Methods that you can rely on to deliver consistently accurate
and reproducible results.

Petrifilm plates are available for most microbial testing needs, including:
• Aerobic Count
• Coliform Count
• E. coli/Coliform Count
• Enterobacteriaceae Count
• High-Sensitivity Coliform Count
• Rapid Coliform Count
• Rapid S. aureus Count
• Staph Express Count
• Yeast & Mold Count
• Environmental Listeria

Leading with confidence.

If you're looking for a food testing method you can feel confident about,
consider that more than 200 evaluations have been completed from
validating agencies and peer-review publications worldwide on the
precise, consistent results delivered by Petrifilm plates.

Additionally, Petrifilm plates are used by 83 of the top 100 food

companies. So whether your operation is large or small, you too
will appreciate how efficient Petrifilm plates are to work with.

For more information about how Petrifilm plates can help you
increase your labor productivity and reduce overall costs,
call us at 1-800-328-6553. Or visit our Web site at and go to our EMAIL subscription link to
receive future updates.
3M Microbiology offers a full line of products to accomplish a variety
of your microbial testing needs. For more product information, visit us at

Additional Products

• 3M™ Quick Swab

• 3M™ Electronic Pipettors and Tips
• 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plate Reader
• 3M™ Laboratory Start-Up Package
• 3M™ Sterilization Assurance Products
• 3M™ Homogenizer Bags

Additional Information
• Questions? U.S., call 1-800-328-6553.

• To order, call 1-800-328-1671 or fax 1-800-972-9307.

• Canada, call 1-800-563-2921 for technical service.

• Latin America / Africa and Asia Pacific regions,

call 1-651-733-7562.

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