3M Petrifilm

3M Petrifilm
3M Petrifilm
3M Petrifilm
3M Petrifilm
3M Petrifilm
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Petrifilm plates can be incubated within a smaller-size incubator.

Incubate the plates in a horizontal position or on a tripod for 3M PetrifilmTM plates, with the transparent side up, on shelves comprising no more than 20 plates. The air in the incubator should be thoroughly wetted.

During the incubation process, the loss of moisture off the plate (determined by the loss of weight) should not exceed 15%.

As per АОАС Official MethodsSM (991.14. Counting Coliform Bacteria and Escherichia Coli in Food Products on Dry Rehydrated Films), Petrifilm ЕC plates should be incubated within (48 ± 2) hours at (35 ± 1)°C. The Nordic Committee on Food Analysis (NMKL) Method 147.1993.

Incubate Petrifilm ЕC plates to determine coliforms within (24 ± 2) hours at 37 °C.

Incubate Petrifilm ЕC plates to determine Escherichia coli within (48 ± 2) hours at 37 °C.

3M Petrifilm Plates: Coating Technology

Example. A 3 М Petrifilm plate to count aerobic bacteria

Upper Film

A plastic film coated with adhesive, indicator and gel soluble in cold water.

Lower Film

Plastic covered paper with an applied grid, adhesive, standard kit of nutrients, and gel soluble in cold water.


Petrifilm plates are easy to inoculate. No preliminary preparation of environment is required.

1. Place Petrifilm ЕC plates on a smooth surface (see Fig. а). 2. Raise the upper film and distribute 1 ml of a sample or diluted sample in the centre of the lower film (see Fig. b). 3. Rotate the upper film to lower it upon the sample (see Fig. c).4. Place the plastic distributor with the smooth side down to the centre of the plate (see Fig. d).

5. Softly press the centre of the device to uniformly distribute the sample. Do not move the distributor over the plate. Distribute the inoculate throughout the Petrifilm plate growth zone prior to gel formation.

6. Remove the distributor and leave the plate for at least one minute until the gel is solidified.

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  • Reliable and reproducible results of the analysis
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1. The number of colonies on Petrifilm ЕC plates can be calculated using a standard colony counter or another backlit magnifier. Ignore the colonies appearing in the foamy bridge because they are not subject to a selective environmental effect. Do not count artefact bubbles which may be present in the gel.

2. Estimation of Escherichia coli and coliform colonies on Petrifilm ЕC plates depends on the method used. Approximately 95% of Escherichia coli produce gas. Escherichia coli colonies are normally red-blue in colour and are closely associated with gas inclusions (at a distance not exceeding the diameter of one colony).

Colonies of coliform bacteria are of red colour and are closely associated with gas inclusions (at a distance not exceeding the diameter of one colony) (see Fig. е). Indicator dyes facilitate interpretation.

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