February 15, 2017 : ATP Testing on Dr. Oz

ATP Testing on Dr. Oz

In a segment on the Dr. Oz show, a viewer was asked to sleep with her make up on for a week to see how much bacteria would be on her face by the end of the week. The results were shocking!
They used a Hygiena  ATP EnSURE luminometer and ultrasnap swabs to do the test to see how much ATP (live bacteria) resided on this viewers face after a week of not washing her face. Before they gave the results of her face, they said how they had recently tested the dirtiest places in a home, like the sink faucet, and that got a score of 689. It would seem like a sink faucet would be dirtier then a week’s worth of makeup on the face, right? Wrong! After they swabbed her face and put the ultrasnap swab into the ATP luminometer her results came back at 3753! So next time you're tired and don't feel like washing off your makeup you might want to think again! 

May 26, 2016 : Allergen Testing

Allergen Testing

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, allergic conditions are the most common health issues in the U.S., which affect about 50 million people a year.  There are different types of allergies ranging from indoor allergies, outdoor allergies, drug allergies and food allergies. The eight most common food allergies according to the AAFA are milk, soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. The reactions that people have with food allergies can range from food poisoning symptoms to much more severe anaphylactic shock.  For that reason, it’s extremely important that surfaces are cleaned properly to ensure that the protein residues of these foods are non-existent if people with food allergies are present. 
A good way to prevent cross-contamination of the protein residues, according to Foodallergy.org, is to clean and sanitize with soap and water or all purpose cleaning agents and sanitizers that meet state and local food safety regulations, all surfaces that come in contact with these foods. 

To ensure that you have cleaned the surface thoroughly, you can follow up by using the AllerSnap that validates the hygiene of the surface and detects any remaining protein residues on the surface. 

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April 19, 2016 : What is ATP Monitoring?

What is ATP Monitoring?

Here at Testkitcentral.com we offer many products in the ATP monitoring category, but what exactly does ATP monitoring mean? 

According to Hygiena “ATP monitoring is a rapid testing method used by food and beverage processors to quickly assess the cleanliness of surfaces or liquid samples from such places as CIP systems”. ATP, also known as Adenosine Triphosphate, exists in all organic material and is the universal unit of energy used in all living cells. Since it exists in all organic material, most foods and microbial cells will contain some level of naturally occurring ATP.  Luminometers used with ATP swabs, use bioluminescence to detect residual ATP as an indicator of surface cleanliness. The existence of ATP on a surface signifies improper cleaning and the existence of contamination, including food residue, allergens and/or bacteria. 

ATP monitoring is used in food and beverage-processing plants to ensure that ATP presence has been eliminated or has been minimized by the sanitation procedure. The benefits of ATP monitoring is that it prevents cross-contamination, ensures product integrity, and protects brand reputation, and complies with GMP standards and HACCP requirements.
*Information from Hygiena.com 


January 28, 2016 : Preventing Cross Contamination

Preventing Cross Contamination

Cross-contamination is very important to be mindful or when working with raw meats, poultry and seafood. Cross-contamination is the transfer of harmful bacteria from other foods, cutting boards, utensils, etc. if they are not handled properly. Here is a list of ways to reduce cross-contamination:

- Don’t wash your raw meat, poultry seafood prior to cooking. Contaminated water can splash on surfaces without you knowing.

-       -  Always use a clean cutting board.

-       -  Use separate cutting boards to cut up fresh produce and raw meats, poultry and seafood.

-       -  Never marinate food on the countertop. Instead marinate in the refrigerator.

-       -  Wash your hands and surfaces regularly with hot and soapy water.

-       -  Wash cutting boards, utensils and any other kitchen item that came in contact with the raw meat, poultry and seafood with hot, soapy water.

-       -  Wipe down counter surfaces with Sani Cloth wipes to disinfect.

-       -  To make sure that you have removed all raw meat residue, use Cross Check protein residue tests