3M, St. Paul, Minn., acquired Elution Technologies, a Colchester, Vt.-based manufacturer of test kits that enable food and beverage companies to ensure products are free from potentially harmful allergens.

“Elution Technologies’ test kits offer proven technology with an easy-to-use design that delivers fast and accurate results for companies offering peanut-free, gluten-free and other specialized foods for people with certain sensitivities and allergies,” says Polly Foss, general manager, 3M Food Safety. “We are pleased to add this technology to our broader food safety offering, and extend these important solutions to food processing companies across the globe.”

This acquisition adds more than 30 allergen-specific lateral-flow and ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test kits to 3M Food Safety’s existing total protein tests.