St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M has launched a new generation bacteria detection system.

The new 3M Petrifilm Rapid Aerobic Count Plate has received certification from the AOAC International Performance Tested Methods, according to a news release.

“We are proud to be taking yet another innovative step forward with the seventeenth addition to the 3M Petrifilm Plate portfolio and our tenth product offering that delivers results in 24-hours or less,” Jason Semerad, global marketing manager, said in a news release. “Ultimately, this is about saving food and beverage processing plants time and capital while maintaining the highest degree of accuracy and reliability to ensure customers and their hard-earned brand equity are protected.”

The sample-ready system uses a three-step process that includes inoculation, incubation and enumeration. The system contains nutrients, a cold water-soluble gelling agent and a dual-sensing indicator technology that facilitates colony enumeration for most food matrices, according to the release.

More information on the produte is at the 3M website.