Part 1 focused on cleaning verification. Part 2, below, discusses testing for allergens.
For raw material and finished product testing, it is critical to test for the presence of allergens. This can be easily done using AlerTox™ Sticks for results in less than 10 minutes with no need for special equipment. Detection levels range from 1-20 ppm, depending on the allergen. Currently, tests are available for peanut, walnut, almond, soy, egg, fish, crustacean, hazelnut, beta-lactoglobulin, mustard seed, casein, and total milk.
A related product, GlutenTox® Sticks, rapidly identifies gluten in food, beverages, or on surfaces with a detection limit of 3 ppm (<20 ppm is considered “gluten-free”). When combined with the Hygiena™ Cube Reader, quantitation of gluten levels (from 1-40 ppm) can be obtained in <50 minutes. GlutenTox™ Pro, another rapid gluten detection system, requires no lab equipment and can be used on food, beverages, and surfaces to detect residual gluten (5-40 ppm) with a 10-minute assay.