St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M Food Safety says third-party testing has found its new food safety detection system can save as many as 312 hours of technician time over the course of 10,000 tests.

According to a study conducted by a third-party ISO/IEC 17025-accredited laboratory — which 3M did not identify — 3M’s Molecular Detection Assay 2-Salmonella test saved “significant hours and cost” versus three other pathogen detection platforms.

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, according to a news release.

Fresh produce can be tested using the same methodology, 3M said.

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 focused largely on speed, because turnaround time significantly affects food production and testing, particularly when a producer’s goods are perishable or in high demand, according to the release.

Turnaround time significantly affects food production and testing, particularly when a producer’s goods are perishable or in high demand, the company said.

More information is at 3M.com/foodsafety/MDA2.