​Sample collection, preparation and processing

Our sampling products give you a choice of high-quality solutions for collection, transporting and preparation of food and environmental samples, ensuring you get consistent, repeatable results. Our range includes sponges and swabs designed specifically for microbial surface sampling, durable bags for sample storage and transport, and prepared enrichments and diluents for convenient testing and standardised results.

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3M™ Sample collection, preparation and processing

Better testing begins with better samples. Try our latest 3M™ Environmental Scrub Sampler with Wide Spectrum Neutralizer.


Millions of people around the world get sick from a foodborne illness each year. Developing a prevention-based system is how you work to ensure your plant is operating within guidelines. This important data comes through the task of sample collection, preparation and processing.

We don’t compromise on quality

Your results are only as reliable as the tools you use.
Using poor-quality sampling products can increase the risk of human error and inconsistent data. And they can be harder to use, too.

Ensure consistency from the start with our precision-designed sponges, swabs, bags and preparation materials. With this full line of sampling products, your environmental testing and product sampling process will be faster, more efficient and more reliable. And your results will be more consistent, more repeatable and more accurate.

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    Ready to use

    Work more efficiently, with products that are ready to go, right out of the pack.

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    Standardise your sampling procedure, from technician to technician and plant to plant.

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    Our innovative designs and focus on quality means our products won’t let you down.

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    Use it everywhere

    Use our products from the product contact surface (zone 1) to non-food contact surfaces outside of the processing areas (zone 4).

Your complete solution for exceptional sampling results

  • Sponges and swabs

    Sponges and swabs

    Collect microbial surface samples quickly, efficiently and consistently with 3M sponges and swabs.

  • Sample Bags

    Sample bags

    Durable, easy-to-open bags with wire ties for strong seals which ensure the integrity of samples during transport to your testing lab.

  •  Media Products

    Media products

    Prepared enrichments and diluents for standardised results — test after test.

Environmental Scrub Sampler with Wide Spectrum Neutralizer

3M™ Environmental Scrub Sampler with Wide Spectrum Neutralizer

Easier collection of environmental microbial samples, with effective neutralisation and test method compatibility. Designed for sampling rough surfaces, with better pick up, release, and absorbency without degradation.


Get to know our latest standard of sampling - The 3M Environmental Scrub Sampler

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    The 3M Environmental Scrub Sampler with 10mL Wide Spectrum Neutralizer is the first and only sample collection device and neutralising solution to be granted the AOAC® Performance Tested Method℠ certification.

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    Wide Spectrum Neutraliser

    It effectively neutralises commonly used sanitisers, including quats, high acid cleaners, chlorine-based, hydrogen peroxide and peroxyacetic acid-based sanitisers and allows for up to a 96-hour sample hold time.

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    Test method compatibility

    Designed for compatibility with 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates and the 3M™ Molecular Detection System.

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    Ease of use

    The stick is designed to be ergonomic, metal detectable and features a convenient 1-step detachment for ease of use.

  • See the 3M Environmental Scrub Sampler in action

    See the 3M Environmental Scrub Sampler in action

    Designed for optimal pick up, release, and absorbency while staying intact when sampling rough surfaces; features scrub dot technology to quickly and effectively disrupt organic residue.

    Video (1:47)

  • You’ll want to get to know the 3M™ Environmental Scrub Sampler with 10 mL Wide Spectrum Neutralizer, an innovative solution for environmental microbial sampling applications.

    See all benefits and product details (PDF, 1MB)

  • Check effective neutralisation of commonly used sanitisers in the food industry

    View our comparison chart (PDF, 95.3KB)

Featured sampling products

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  •  3M Sponge-Stick

    3M™ Sponge-Stick

    • Sample without directly handling the sponge
    • Increase efficiency with less risk of contamination
    • Stick enables sampling from hard-to-reach areas
    • Biocide-free cellulose sponge maintains organism viability
  • 3M Dry-Sponges

    3M™ Dry-Sponges

    • Simplified packaging convenience minimises handling and preparation and reduces waste.
    • Sample bag included for safe, convenient transportation.
    • Decontaminated through gamma irradiation to maintain aseptic conditions.
  • 3M Enviro Swabs

    3M™ Enviro Swabs

    • Designed to minimise the risk of sample contamination and improve the detection of bacteria
    • Large swab head with a shaped tip to sample crevices
    • Flexible plastic stem allows swabbing of difficult-to-access areas
    • Easily re-sealed for transport

How to videos for 3M sample collection, preparation and processing products

  • 3M Quick Swabs
    3M Environmental Scrub Sampler (1:47)
  • 3M Sponge Sticks
    3M Sponge-Stick (1:47)
  • 3M Hydrated Sponges
    3M Hydrated-Sponge (2:06)
  • 3M Flip-Top Dilution Bottle
    3M Flip-Top Dilution Bottle (0:59)

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Get your free environmental monitoring handbook

Get your free handbook

Explore environmental monitoring including sample handling in our 122 page handbook and read about:

  • Selecting the right sampling device and employing the right sampling method for your needs
  • Why sample collection devices should incorporate components that are effectively able to neutralise any sanitisers present
3M Environmental Monitoring Handbook

3 tips for better sample collection in food safety

  • 3 tips for better sample collection in food safety whitepaper
  • Better testing begins with better samples

    It’s important to remember that how a sample is taken is critical to the outcome, and just like any scientific process, there are best practices that can lead to more accurate results. Learn more about three steps that you can take in your own plant for better sample collection.

    View our 3 tips for better sample collection (PDF 1MB)

Ready to give 3M sampling products a try?

Ready to give 3M sampling products a try?

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    Talk to a 3M Food Safety expert to discuss how 3M sample collection, preparation and processing products could support your environmental testing and product sampling process.

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Support you can count on

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Protecting the world’s food supply is a big responsibility — but we’re here to help. We’ve got people to support you locally with technical advice, software support, and exceptional service.

From purchase, through to installation and ongoing support, we’ll help you mitigate risk and improve operations — every batch, every shift, every day.

Choose the right food safety solution for your needs

  • Free up your lab to focus on quality and efficiency with our ready to use, validated and accurate testing solution.

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