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Are you keeping it clean?

20 November 2020

Find out more about a range of rapid microbial detection, monitoring, and identification solutions that offer reassurance that your surfaces are clean. 

The current pandemic has caused consumers to be more cautious about the food they buy and consume which is why it is vital that food and beverage manufacturers ensure that workers are safe, facilities are clean, and products are free of unwanted contaminants.

Although both the FDA and World Health Organization (WHO) have stated there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of Covid-19, facilities are still required to use practices that protect against contamination of food, food contact surfaces and packaging, and to maintain clean and sanitised facilities and food contact surfaces.

Further, manufacturers that expand their current food safety practices will help slow the spread of respiratory viruses in the community and help reduce working days lost due to illness. Not to mention, it will also earn goodwill with their customer base.

Hygiena offers rapid microbial detection, monitoring, and identification solutions for the food and beverage industry, utilising technologies and designs that provide rapid, accurate, dependable and affordable cleaning verification tests. 

Surface and water Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) testing devices from Hygiena, for example, can provide easy verification of equipment and surface cleanliness and safety. Similar tests can rapidly detect the presence of indicator organisms with additional tests available for the enumeration of key bacteria impacting food safety.

The meat and poultry manufacturing industry in particular has suffered significant losses since the pandemic started, with many plants forced to close amidst increasing coronavirus positive tests. In these facilitites a broad range of food safety tests – ranging from ATP bioluminescence to verify surface cleanliness to PCR (polymerase chain reaction) technology to detect pathogen contamination to allergen and mycotoxin testing – can help ensure food quality at all steps of the manufacturing process, from raw ingredients to finished product. 

Hygiena’s EnSURE Touch, UltraSnap ATP test swab and SureTrend Cloud data analysis platform can be utilised by manufacturers looking to track and verify the cleanliness of food equipment surfaces and instantly validates surface hygiene across multiple facilities, allowing immediate corrective action to be taken when necessary. MicroSnap takes this testing technology to the next level, with the ability to rapidly detect and enumerate key indicator organisms in less than eight hours. InSite tests expand detection to Listeria and Salmonella species, with results in 24 – 48 hours. For those needing to verify additional pathogens are not present, the BAX PCR system can provide specific, simplified assays for testing a wide variety of foodstuffs and environmental surfaces.

With the latest Covid crisis, the ability to monitor environmental surfaces has become even more critical. These surfaces pose risks not only to food product, but to the employees involved in the manufacturing and packaging of these items. Verification of cleaning can easily be done with the various monitoring systems noted above, with ATP monitoring being the most rapid way to ensure cleaning efficiency. It is vital that food manufacturers conduct this testing to guarantee safe conditions for their workers – providing them with peace of mind so they can be productive while staying safe – their lives depend on it, and so does the success of the business.

It looks like the pandemic may continue to have an impact on food manufacturing for some time yet, so food processors need to assure their customers that they are implementing the most rapid, reliable food testing processes possible while, at the same time, providing safety measures to ensure their staff are working in the safest environment possible. 


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