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The Hygiena SystemSURE--'thing'.

Cleaning and hygiene is a primary preventative measure for all food business operators both large and small, and is a key component of many food safety initiatives. The Hygiena SystemSURE products have recently been identified by an independent laboratory as providing the most precise, accurate and repeatable surface hygiene testing results.

The use of ATP bioluminescence provides a simple rapid test method for monitoring cleanliness, hygiene and risk. The technology and application has been in use for more than 30 years. Senior technical professionals from leading independent organisations around the world concur that the ATP test is a direct, objective method that detects potentially harmful product residues on surfaces.

The broader benefits of this rapid alternative test include the provisions of: real time information for early warning of risk to enable immediate corrective action; Data provided for key performance indicators and trend analysis; data available as evidence of due diligence; cost savings of 25-50% from optimisation of cleaning procedures and chemical usage; Improvements in food product quality and shelf life.

Recent developments in technology such as liquid stable reagents and robust low cost detector systems have now made the test simpler, more reliable and more affordable.

In the largest ever laboratory study of its kind, a comparison of the leading ATP hygiene monitoring systems was conducted by a leading food safety and quality laboratory in the USA.

The key performance criteria evaluated were linearity, sensitivity, repeatability and accuracy. These were determined by experimentation in controlled laboratory conditions using ATP, dilutions of foodstuffs (tested directly and on surfaces) and dilutions of microbes. All of the systems tested were shown to give a good linear response to all 3 sample types, however there was a difference in the sensitivity, repeatability and accuracy between systems.

The most precise, accurate and repeatable system results were achieved by the Hygiena SystemSURE Plus combined with either their Ultrasnap or Supersnap swabs.

The Hygiena SystemSURE Plus was found to be 'simply the best'.

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Title Annotation:Plant and Equipment
Publication:Food Trade Review
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 1, 2010
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