Hygiene monitoring is a critical step in food production plants and other industries and markets to minimize the contamination risk of products and personnel within applicable environments. This is achieved by routinely verifying the effectiveness of cleaning and disinfection practices for equipment, personnel, and high touch surfaces.
For rapid monitoring, our tests use of established detection methods such as ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate), NAD (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide), and protein detection which are commonly known and accepted indicators of overall surface hygiene and cleaning efficacy.
For traditional monitoring, our tests use various selective media for semi-quantitative determination of hygienic conditions on surfaces or in liquid samples.
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The ATP test is a sensitive and rapid method to measure growing microorganisms through the detection of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), an energy-carrying molecule found in living cells.
Our MVP ICON® is an ATP test system and software platform that combines HACCP and hygiene monitoring with powerful program management capabilities.
For specialty industrial applications such as fuel testing, industrial process fluids, and monitoring of bioburden for water quality, our HY-LiTE® 2 ATP monitoring system with TREND2 software provides unparalleled measurement and performance.
Food contact surfaces may appear clean but can still contain traces of protein residue, which is difficult to remove. Undetected, this can provide a nutrient source for harmful bacteria to grow. And since most food allergens are proteins, regular protein testing can be an effective method for verifying cleaning methods and avoid cross-contamination to allergen-free products. The FLASH® total protein test gives a visual readout with results within 10 minutes, allowing corrective action to be taken immediately. No instrumentation is required, and the test can be used by all personnel without the need for extensive training.
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotides (NAD, NADH) are compounds that are found in all living cells, including microorganisms. HY-RiSE® detection test kits measure quickly and reliable NAD and their phosphates and indicates the presence of microorganisms by color development on the test strip.
Swabs and dip slides are designed for surface monitoring on difficult to access areas. These techniques do not need the cumbersome and expensive hardware and materials associated with traditional testing methods.
Ready-to-use dehydrated Dip and Swab testers are designed for convenient microbial counting in a broad range of applications. They are convenient and easy to use, suitable for liquid and swab samples.
Our Envirocheck® Dip Slides for semi-quantitative detection of microorganisms on surfaces and in liquids are flexible paddles that are coated with different nutrient media. After sampling and incubation, two parameters can be determined in one step.