Sustainable Microbial Indicator Testing

Save time and money with innovative microbiological testing for food and beverage industry

Investing in the long term, sustainability solutions is becoming a growing focus for companies across the country. As important as environmental sustainability is to the planet, economic viability is just as critical for your business. With significant productivity and performance advantages over traditional agar plates, 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates have become the standard in process of the microbial indicator ‘and spoilage organism’ testing for companies all over the world.

For more than 30 years 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates have helped reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and consume less water in production facilities dealing with food processing, dairy, poultry, beverages and bottled water, seafood, meat and animal feeds. What’s more, they’ve delivered these benefits while helping to streamline, standardize and simplify the entire process of microbial indicator testing.

A recent study* compared the environmental impacts of 3M Petrifilm Plates with traditional agar methods. The study found that when comparing raw materials, manufacturing, packaging, use and disposal, 3M Petrifilm Plates used 76% less energy and 79% less water, emitted 75% less greenhouse gas and produced 66% less waste.

3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates are available for most microbial testing needs, including:

For more information on 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates please contact our team on 01924 444577 or email

* “Reduction in Primary Energy Demand, Blue Water Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates Compared to Traditional Microbiological Analysis Method,” Jason Howland, 3M Environmental Laboratory and Hannah Bakken, 3M Food Safety

3M and Petrifilm are trademark of 3M Company.

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