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During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, continuing to provide a safe global food supply is essential. That means continuing to monitor hygiene and sanitation in food manufacturing locations.
3M is committed to responding to the rapidly changing pandemic outbreak by providing food safety and monitoring supplies to help maintain food manufacturing operations. Our technical experts are available to answer your questions, provide technical support and materials for sanitation and environmental monitoring. As you work to keep food supplies available to the public, we are here to help.
Proper cleaning and disinfection of food handling environments is more important than ever. Your procedures should follow industry guidelines to maintain cleanliness. Use the following resources for guidance:
Maintaining a high standard of environmental cleaning and monitoring is core to food safety. Many food processors are taking extra precautions to increase the frequency of cleaning and sanitation in their daily operations and more frequent testing to validate the effectiveness of cleaning. The 3M™ Clean-Trace™ Hygiene Monitoring and Management System is used to rapidly verify cleanliness and hygiene of these food and beverage surfaces.
While the system can help confirm whether a surface has been cleaned in a certain manner (shown by the reduction in ATP), the Clean-Trace product cannot be used to detect viruses, including coronavirus. Viruses are particles that contain RNA or DNA, but not ATP. The 3M Clean-Trace System does not detect RNA or DNA on surfaces. The absence of ATP does not demonstrate or imply that viruses are not present or have been removed from a surface.
Use the links below to access hygiene monitoring education materials and to learn more about how the 3M Clean-Trace System technology detects ATP to evaluate the effectiveness of your cleaning procedures.
Maintain your inventory for tests you use every day. You can limit in-person interactions by ordering online. Choose how you prefer to place your orders.
As you work to help keep food supplies available for the public, we have gathered resources to help you. Stay up to date on industry recommendations and find the latest information on general health and safety for COVID-19.
Workers on food manufacturing facilities may be at an elevated risk for coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission. Find guidance from the CDC for safe practices for critical infrastructure workers. The FDA has also provided a library of materials to provide practical guidance for how to handle positive cases of COVID-19.