Study Compares Multiple Rapid Tests for Salmonella Detection Head-to-head comparison measures time to result required to detect Salmonella in ground chicken ST. PAUL, Minn. – January 26, 2017 – 3M Food Safety today announced the results of a scientific study conducted by a third party ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory. Cost and time associated with performing each platform’s protocol was modeled (evaluated) by comparing workflows. The research found that the 3M™ Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Salmonella test saved significant hours and cost versus three other common pathogen detection platforms included in the study. For each of the four pathogen detection platforms, a total of 96 samples of ground poultry were evaluated in duplicate, resulting in 192 detection method tests per platform, for a total of 768 results. Time was measured on the aggregate and according to the following parts of the detection protocol: sample preparation; instrument and software set up; sample lysis/capture; and assay setup. The study focuses largely on speed because turnaround time significantly affects food production and testing, particularly when a producer’s goods are perishable or in high demand. While the introduction of any rapid microbiology method should have a positive impact, there are still distinctions between each method. Table 2. Total time to result for the detection of Salmonella by four different platforms in 96 samples. Method Steps Time to Result (minutes)a 3M™ MDA2 Technology 1* Technology 2* Technology 3* Detection method set up 31.7 37.3 63.9 84.8 Lysis/capture incubation +Instrument run time 80 240 124 207 TOTAL 111.7 277.3 187.9 291.8 aPreparation of sample including weighing 25 g of sample and adding 225 mL of culture media was similar for all four methods, at approx. 116 min *Technology: Commercial method available in the marketplace Based on the findings of this study, using the 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Salmonella method to perform 10,000 Salmonella tests would save a laboratory between 132 and 312 labor hours annually as compared to the other detection platforms, up to 2.6 times faster, which would potentially result in an annual cost savings of up to $6,240. To download the complete study and view the accompanying infographic, click here. For more information about the 3M Molecular Detection System, visit or follow @3M_FoodSafety on Twitter.
An Unprecedented Day Dedicated to the Future of Food Policy Announcing Third Annual D.C. Food Tank Summit Speaker Lineup WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Food Tank (, in partnership with The George Washington University and the World Resources Institute, will hold a one-day summit entitled "Let's Build Better Food Policy," Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 9AM to 5PM EST. The summit will take place in the Jack Morton Auditorium at The George Washington University. Please direct inquiries to Food Tank Media Outreach Associate, Thomas Moes, at 312-800-3913 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A limited number of press passes are available. The event will bring together 35+ experts including business executives, government officials, policymakers, nonprofit leaders, farmers, union leaders, chefs, and more. Interactive panel topics include Creating Resiliency in Food and Agriculture, Cultivating Global Food Security, Healthy Local and Regional Food Systems, and the Next Farm Bill. Expert journalists and food advocates will moderate each panel. Confirmed speakers include (in alphabetical order—more to be announced soon): Chuck Abbott, Food and Environment Reporting Network (FERN); Leo Abruzzese, The Economist Intelligence Unit; Chef José Andrés, ThinkFoodGroup; Allison Aubrey, National Public Radio (NPR); Eliza Barclay,; Chris Bradshaw, Dreaming Out Loud, Inc.; Emily Buck, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance; Tim Carman, Washington Post; Mary Cheh, DC Councilmember, Ward 3; Fran Drescher, Cancer Schmancer Movement; Shenggen Fan, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); Joe Glauber, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); Dan Glickman, Aspen Institute Congressional Program; Matt Herrick, Story Partners; Julie Howard, Michigan State University; Jason Huffman, Politico; Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union (NFU); Mike Koch, FreshFarm; Tricia Kovacs, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); Kathleen Merrigan, The George Washington University; Ted Monk, Sodexo; Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank; Anne O'Connor, Organic Valley; Marc Oshima, AeroFarms; Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME); Janet Ranganathan, World Resources Institute (WRI); Emmy Simmons, AGree; Roger Thurow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Kip Tom, Tom Farms; Eric Trachtenberg, McLarty Associates; and Ambassador Darci Vetter, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. The entire event will be broadcast on a free livestream at and on Facebook Live at More than 15,000 people from around the world streamed the last Food Tank Summit in Chicago, while there were one million organic views on Facebook Live. Following the Summit, all attendees are invited to a reception hosted by Restaurant Nora (America's First Certified Organic Restaurant). For more information, including ticket purchase options, please click here: WHO: 35+ experts and top leaders across all sectors of the food industry WHAT: One-day summit hosted by Food Tank, The George Washington University, and World Resources Institute WHEN: Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 9AM to 5PM EST. For more information: WHERE: Jack Morton Auditorium at The George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20052 Last year's D.C. Food Tank Summit brought together 70+ speakers for a completely sold-out event (400 in-person attendees) from more than 25 states. There were more than 30,100 livestream participants from more than 125 countries. This year, Food Tank will hold inaugural summits in Boston and L.A., while expanding globally in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The final 2017 summit will be held Chicago, IL. About Food Tank Food Tank ( is focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. We spotlight environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty. Food Tank creates networks of people, organizations, and content that push for food system change.


The SIAL International Food Show Will Be Back from May 2 to 4, 2017
at Toronto’s Enercare Centre for Its 14th Edition!

Toronto, February 8th, 2017 – After a record-breaking show in Montreal in 2016, SIAL Canada’s 14th edition, in Toronto, is pleased to establish SIAL as the biggest food-innovation tradeshow in Canada and the Great Lakes Region, setting itself apart by virtue of its unparalleled selection of Canadian and international products.

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