Environmental Monitoring

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The Importance of Environmental Monitoring

  • The impact of major recalls, increased consumer awareness, changing regulations and international standards is driving a shift in food safety and quality strategies. While the focus of food testing has traditionally been on raw materials and finished product, a preventive approach through testing the food processing environment can help identify and correct potential issues before they lead to a major problem or recall.

    Developed in partnership with Cornell University and other industry experts, there is now a comprehensive resource for environmental monitoring in the food and beverage industries. Based on industry practice and a scientific approach, this handbook provides guidance on building and implementing a holistic environmental monitoring program.

Environmental Monitoring Solutions

  • Hygiene Monitoring
  • Indicator Organisms
  • Pathogens
  • Allergens
  • Spoilage Organisms
  • Enviromental Sampling Guidance

Validations and Recognitions

In partnership with Cornell University and other industry experts, 3M has developed the Environmental Monitoring Handbook for the Food and Beverage Industries – a comprehensive guide to help you build and enhance your environmental monitoring program


Food Spoilage

Did you know that environmental monitoring can be used to improve product quality, reduce spoilage, and extend shelf life?

Learn more about controlling food spoilage in this 6-part learning pathway from Cornell University’s Dr. Randy Worobo.


  • Martin Wiedmann of Cornell University webinar series on Environmental Monitoring

    Effective environmental monitoring programs can help to reduce risk of recalls, extend product shelf life, streamline production and increase customer satisfaction. Join Dr. Martin Wiedmann of Cornell University for a 5-part environmental monitoring learning pathway designed to step through levels of content from beginner, to intermediate and advanced.

    These courses are beneficial for companies starting to implement environmental monitoring programs, companies working through implementation and its challenges, as well as companies who have an existing program and are looking for ways to enhance it.

    Start the learning pathway

    Visit the 3M Health Care Academy℠ to start learning about this topic and others

Explore the Industry Segments from 3M Food Safety

  • Keep your facility safe from pathogens such as Campylobacter, Listeria, Salmonella, and others with an integrated food safety solution for poultry processing. Monitor simultaneously and accurately with a total solution from 3M Food Safety.

  • Fluid milk, cheese, ice cream, powdered infant formula, UHT processing, butter, and dry ingredients: we help you test them all. With access to our dairy testing solution as well as our expert technical support, we can help you maximize consistency, efficiency, and accuracy.

  • Accurately test for pathogens such as E. coli O157, Listeria, and Salmonella and keep your company’s brand reputation safe with 3M Food Safety solutions for meat processing. Passage of the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service’s Pathogen Reduction means it’s never been so important to test your beef, lamb, veal, and pork, and we’ll help you every step of the way.

  • Utilize our complete portfolio of food safety testing, including produce, seafood, eggs, and Ready-To-Eat (RTE).

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