The 3M™ Petriﬁlm™ Aqua Coliform Count Plates are sample-ready culture medium systems that can detect and measure coliform levels in water or beverages within 24 hours. This product is not documented for use in industries other than bottled water, which excludes testing of surface and municipal waters, or waters used in the pharmaceutical or cosmetic industries. 3M™ Petriﬁlm™ Aqua Coliform Count Plates are manufactured and distributed by 3M™, an American multinational conglomerate company.
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Market Suggested Retail Price
Target Users (Target Impact Group)
Household, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
3M™ Petri?lm™ Aqua Coliform Count Plates can be purchased through 3M™ food safety U.S. authorized distributors.
3M™ Petri?lm™ Aqua Coliform Count Plates are mass produced by 3M™ , an American company based in Maplewood, Minnesota, USA. This product is manufactured at Brookings, SD, USA.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Users can purchasethese products through 3M™ food safety U.S. authorized distributors.
Distributions to Date Status
The 3M™ Petrifilm™ Aqua Coliform Count (AQCC) Plates comes in two presentations: 1000 plates/case or 50 plates/box. These sample-ready media plates contain Violet Red Bile (VRB) nutrients, a cold-water-soluble gelling agent, and an indicator dye (tetrazolium) which colors all colonies red. The top film traps the gases produced by the coliforms, indicating confirmed colonies. For more information see the Interpretation guide. For specific instructions on how to use the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Aqua Coliform Count (AQCC) Plates see research and standards. This product is composed of the following ingredients: adhesive, guar gum, polypropylene film, hinge tape, lactose, and pancreatic digest of gelatin.
Users are responsible for familiarizing themselves with product instructions and information. They can contact 3M™ product support for specific product and application questions.
Single use plates
3M™ Petrifilm™ Aqua Coliform Count (AQCC) Plates must be stored at temperatures less than or equal to 8ºC and have a shelf life of 18 months from date of manufacture. Expiration and lot number are indicated on each package.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates were designed to be ready to use, to reduce or eliminate time-consuming agar prep, to provide consistent, reliable results, and to have a compact size using less storage/incubator space. The system is also designed to be more sustainable in comparison to traditional agar methods, by using less energy and water, and produce less waste therefore reducing the products carbon footprint.
Vetted Performance Status
This product is considered to be an article which does not release or otherwise result in exposure to a hazardous chemical under normal use conditions. This product is exempt from hazard classification according to OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200.
Complementary Technical Systems
This product requires a 3M™ Petrifilm™ Spreader to extend the inoculum over uniform area. A standard colony counter or other illuminated magnifier is required to count colonies.
Academic Research and References
Compliance with regulations
This product is in compliance with the ISO 9001:2008. And has the AOAC® Performance Tested Methods? (PTM) Certificate #091101 for bottled water.
This plate has been awarded AOAC® Performance Tested Methods? (PTM) Certificate #091101 for bottled water.