Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 13 2017 - Page 20

ATP Measurement: the front line defence for food safety processors, caterers and inspectors. The ATP hygiene test is the simplest, fastest, most sensitive technique for rapid hygiene monitoring. It correlates well with contamination levels and is widely accepted. Preventing food poisoning is a key processing equipment and for focus of any food safety system. environmental cleaning in high- Food poisoning is usually caused care/high-risk areas, limits of by the proliferation of undesirable acceptable and unacceptable cleaning microorganism. Cross-contamination performance shall be defined. This and inadequate sanitation are major shall be based on the potential contributory factors. Accordingly hazards. Acceptable levels of cleaning good hygienic practices are primary may be defined as visual appearance, preventative controls measures that ATP bioluminescence, microbiological are part of the essential Operational testing or chemical testing as pre-requisites programs of modern appropriate. food safety systems. There are several test methods Hygiene monitoring provides an available to measure hygiene and early warning of potential problems cleanliness. ATP bioluminescence and also generates evidence of has been used for over 30 years due diligence. Optimising cleaning and is a well-established accepted programs also reduces costs (in method that used by industry, materials and labour time), reduces retailers and local authorities, and is environmental waste and improves recommended by BRC. It has been product quality and shelf life. used at major sporting events by High standards of hygiene are essential for food safety therefore cleaning and maintenance are the Food Standards Agency where the technology had “exceeded expectations”. fundamental and critical procedures. The technology requires a small There is an increasing requirement hand held instrument and an all- to demonstrate due diligence by in-one reagent swab device. The measurement to validate and verify developments in technology and cleaning processes. For example, convenient format provide a variety as referenced by the BRC Global of technologies and products Standards for Food Safety – as a that are user-friendly, affordable minimum food contact surfaces, and applicable to almost all food 20 FDPP - www.fdpp.co.uk Hygiena’s EnSURE instrument with increased sensitivity is used with Micro-Snap and other specific tests (e.g. ZymoSnap) and SuperSnap that gives more sensitivity and robustness and gives a super-sensitive hygiene monitoring applications particularly in support of allergen control programs. Simple screening tests for Listeria and Salmonella based on a visual colour end point are also available in Hygiena’s all-in-one snap valve format. The devices do not require an instrument and give results in 24 – 48 hours. To learn about Hygiena’s full range of products visit hygiena.com and follow us @HygienaInt. Rapid hygiene tests provide an additional information quickly to aid food safety programs by facilitating immediate corrective action and avoidance of expensive (potentially life threatening) mistakes. Results provide evidence of due diligence, auditing, optimising manufacturing processes and reducing costs whilst providing quality product. For a free demonstration contactus@hygiena.com