The St. Paul, Minn., company debuted new automation technology in January that gives food safety professionals new options to rapidly and accurately image, count and document microbiological colonies on 3M Petrifilm Plates indicator tests. By rapidly automating the colony-counting step of 3M Petrifilm Plates, the 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced saves food safety labs time and increases productivity.

“Food safety is always a top concern globally, but challenges related to COVID-19 have put additional pressure on organizations to maximize resources,” says Elliott Zell, 3M Food Safety global new product marketing manager. “3M is in a unique position to help the food and beverage industry maximize the efficiency of the critical tests it manages each day.”



Perfex’s Squeegee 9500 series floor squeegee features dual-mounted PVC blades that provide double service, one blade wipes the surface while the other acts as a splash guard. The lightweight and durable squeegee, made in the U.S. using Department of Agriculture- and Food and Drug Administration-approved materials, is now available in eight vibrant colors such as blue, green or yellow. Prefex said it is tear-resistant, non-marring, non-conductive and chemical resistant. It also shouldn’t rust or corrode and is unaffected by water, oil, grease, detergents, sanitizer and solvents.

The company’s patented Lite-N-Tite connection system makes swapping blades a snap, and a unique socket design locks the handle in for a tight fit, promising no more broken handles. The lightweight and ergonomic handle adjusts from 34-62 inches to optimize working posture and cleaning efficiency.