Outsourcing with confidence

The right contract lab can help you supplement staffing needs, provide you with independent, unbiased technical expertise and may even offer time-saving advantages.

Outsourced testing that works for you

Outsourced testing that works for you

We're here to share our insights to help you make informed decisions and stay in control.
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Your samples. Your partner. Your choice.

Developing a strong partnership with your contract laboratory is critical if your company has chosen to outsource some or all of your quality and food safety testing.
The lab you hire must be trusted to serve as a strategic partner.

When choosing a food testing lab to partner with, there are a lot of selection criteria to consider.

Supporting you through your outsourcing journey

Whether you are just preparing to outsource your food safety and quality testing to a contract laboratory, have an established partner in place or are considering bringing testing in-house, we are here to help you get the most from your outsourced testing.

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    Selecting your testing partner

    Choosing the right testing partner is an important decision with various considerations. From our experience of working with contract laboratories and food processors who outsource testing, our team of experts have developed and compiled information to help you make your choice.

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    Accurate validated methods
    When your testing is in the hands of another company you need to be confident in the results they deliver. With a host of international validations, our optimised lab solutions have fewer variables and less opportunity for things to go wrong. That means accurate, repeatable results, time after time. And peace of mind for you.
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    Methods to support sustainability

    Sustainability is an increasingly important goal for companies all over the world and this responsibility may extend to your outsourced testing. 3M has solutions that can help companies meet sustainability targets whilst supporting their business goals.

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    Sample quality without compromise

    Your test results are only as good as the sample collected. Our high-quality sample collection products are designed for reliability and convenience so you can be confident your testing is off to the right start.

Tools for successful outsourcing

Tools for successful outsourcing

  • Three articles on key considerations for outsourcing
  • Worksheet to help identify the outsourcing partner for you
  • Guide to reduce the risk of compromised samples
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Key considerations for outsourcing

When outsourcing to a contract lab, specify your preferred testing methods. No one knows your company’s metrics better than you do, so your preferences matter to the contract lab representative. It is recommended to request a method that best fits the metrics your company collects, delivering results you know you can trust.

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1. When to consider outsourcing?

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    Testing Volume
    When there is a consistent low need to conduct a certain kind/method of testing.
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    Time Restraints
    In cases where outsourcing is faster than in-house testing.
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    Employment Challenges
    When trained, qualified in-house laboratory technicians do not meet current demands.
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    Capital Costs
    In cases where outsourcing is cheaper than maintaining an in-house laboratory.
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2. What to look for when outsourcing?

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    Minimise processing time and costs by using food safety contract labs located close to your plant.

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    Improve the reliability of results by ensuring your contract lab will use methods that best fit the metrics you want to collect.
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    Guarantee the operating standards of your lab by ensuring your contract lab operates within global ISO accreditation standards.
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    Additional Services

    Get the most from your contract lab by taking advantage of any additional services they may offer their customers beyond microbiology and chemical testing.

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3. Getting appropriate results when outsourcing

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    Get reliable results and ensure consistency by asking your contract lab to use methods that best fit the metrics you want to collect and help reduce manual steps.
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    Increase the speed of your contract lab by encouraging them to use rapid testing systems.
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    Sensitivity and Specificity
    Get accurate, reliable results that uphold the values of your company by ensuring your contract lab uses testing methods with minimal risk of errors and variability, especially with manual preparation processes, like media preparation.
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    Guarantee the trustworthiness of your outsourced tests by insisting on the methods you know and trust, even if it is not currently used by your contract lab.

Total Solutions made for today’s food science

Integrated Food Safety for Contract Labs

  • 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates
    3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates

    The global food safety landscape is continuously changing. Are you keeping up?

    Take a look at quality indicator testing with 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates — a proven method for consistent, reliable results you need for the testing your lab does every day.

    Discover our Petrifilm™ Plates portfolio

  • 3M™ Molecular Detection System
    3M™ Molecular Detection System

    Be confident in your pathogen testing process and save time and labour costs with ready-to-use reagents, a single post-enrichment protocol for all pathogens and same- or next-day results for most matrices.

    Ask your food testing lab about these 3M™ Molecular Detection System pathogen detection assays.

    Discover our pathogen detection products

  • 3M™ Sample Collection, Preparation & Processing products
    3M™ Sample Collection, Preparation & Processing

    Better testing begins with better samples — and better samples are obtained when you use quality collection tools.

    3M™ Sample Collection provides quality products designed specifically for microbial surface sampling.

    Discover our Sample Collection, Preparation & Processing products

  • Allergen Testing products
    Allergen Testing

    3M™ Allergen Testing Products were designed with your needs in mind by a team of experts who use these tests every day.

    Based on experience with immunoassay technology and tests of thousands of unique food samples, they set out to design tests to detect both processed and unprocessed proteins with a simplified workflow.

    Discover our products for allergen detection

Validations and Recognitions

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Ready for outsourcing with confidence?

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    Talk to a 3M food safety expert and find out how our range of lab solutions can work with your outsourced testing requirements.

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