News from Hygiena

Brexit update

With the Brexit deal signed by the EU and the British government, the Hygiena team is working hard to put all the steps in place to minimize any potential impact on deliveries.

  1. We are working closely with our logistics partners, DHL, FEDEX and DPD to ensure minimum disruption from our warehouse in the UK and exploring all freight options, including supporting our customers (importer of record) with customs clearance and increased air freight shipments. In addition, Hygiena has conducted stability studies  to confirm that our products are resistant to temperature conditions found with potential extended shipping times.
  2. If you utilize your own courier service, please contact them to determine any other recommendations they may have.
  3. You will continue to be declared as the importer of record on all shipments.
  4. Sales to you (EU customers) would be zero-rated for VAT as an export.
  5. Import VAT will apply to products imported into the European Union, which should be fully refundable through your local VAT return. You are advised to consult with your finance department regarding VAT issues and claiming back local VAT charges as per country regulations.
  6. We are no longer able to ship to EU customers under DDP terms. All previous DDP shipments are now changed to DAP.
  7. Under the Brexit deal, import duties do not apply to diagnostic reagents, test kits, and instruments, so there would be no additional associated cost with many of Hygiena products.
  8. To move your shipment from the UK to any EU country, you will require an EORI (Economic Operator Registration Identification) number, irrespective of the mode of transport being used. EORI is used for customs declarations of all goods entering or exiting the EU. It is important to provide your EORI number with your Purchase Order. Without an EORI number you can't legally import goods from the UK to the EU and such shipments can end up with increased costs (such as storage fees) and delivery delays.

We would like to thank you again for your support and co-operation during these challenging times. If you have any additional questions, please let your local sales manager know, or contact our customer service at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Ecolab® Partners with Hygiena™ and Delivers Food Safety Solutions to the Food and Beverage Industry 

 With the partnership, Ecolab will sell ATP environmental monitoring, Allergen product lines and Rapid Microbial Screening solutions to North American Customers 

St. Paul, Minnesota (November 18, 2020)— Ecolab Food and Beverage North America announces its partnership with Hygiena, LLC, a leader in rapid food safety and environmental diagnostic testing technology. The partnership gives the food and beverage industry access to a new Hygiene Monitoring Program, creating an offering to help optimize Food Safety programs. 

“Ecolab Food & Beverage North America strategically partnered with Hygiena to help advance our customers’ hygiene monitoring and food safety programs. Our relationship brings together Hygiena’s game-changing EnSURE™ Touch luminometer, intelligent and reliable technology with a universal focus on service to offer our customers a digital, scalable, long-term solution,” said Nick Alfano, executive vice president and general manager for Ecolab Global Food & Beverage. 

Ecolab Food and Beverage North America will distribute and service a range of Hygiena’s products used by food and beverage customers, including the new EnSURE™ Touch ATP system, which uses the energy-containing component found in all cells to identify potential contamination. The digital cloud-based technology offers large customers multi-location supply chain monitoring, audit and risk management, and helps with recall prevention. 

“Now more than ever it is critical that our customers have access to advanced technology in support of achieving their food safety goals. Hygiena’s breadth of offerings, proven reliability and cloud-based software will give our customers visibility to multi-site cleaning performance, helping to redefine how our customers validate cleaning performance,” said Ann Gent, senior vice president and general manager for Ecolab Food and Beverage North America. 

“We are excited to welcome Ecolab as a distributor of Hygiena solutions, expanding availability of food safety and quality assurance products throughout the United States and Canada,” said Ed Luterbach, chief commercial officer for Hygiena. “Ecolab is a respected leader in industrial hygiene products and services and we are delighted to partner with them.” 

Hygiena solutions are now available through Ecolab Food and Beverage North America. 

Learn more at www.ecolab.com/hygiena

 

ABOUT ECOLAB 

A trusted partner at nearly three million commercial customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services. With annual sales of $13 billion and more than 45,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions, data-driven insights and personalized service to advance food safety, maintain clean and safe environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies and sustainability for customers in the food, healthcare, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world. www.ecolab.com

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ABOUT HYGIENA

Hygiena delivers rapid microbial detection, monitoring, and identification solutions to a wide range of industries, including food and beverage, healthcare, hospitality, pharmaceuticals, and personal care. Utilizing advanced technologies and patented designs, Hygiena provides industry-leading ATP monitoring systems, PCR-based pathogen detection and characterization systems, microbial characterization systems, allergen tests, environmental collection devices, and more. Hygiena is committed to the mission of providing customers with high-quality innovative technologies that are easy-to-use and reliable, backed by excellent customer service and support. Headquartered in Camarillo, California with offices in Wilmington, Delaware; Santa Ana, California; Mexico; Canada; United Kingdom; Spain, and China, and over 80 distributors in more than 100 countries worldwide, Hygiena products span the globe. www.hygiena.com.

HYGIENA ADDS SPECIFIC PEANUT TEST TO THE ALERTOX RANGE

CAMARILLO, Calif. (09 November 2020)— Hygiena, a global leader in food safety testing, is excited to launch a new addition to its rapid allergen testing line, AlerTox® Sticks Peanut. This rapid test is designed for the detection of peanut antigen by the food processing industry in their food, kitchen, and production facilities. Allergic reactions to peanut can range from mild irritation to life-threatening conditions, and peanut residue can be found in a wide variety of foods. Therefore, preventing cross-contamination during food processing is vitally important as it gives consumers reassurance of food quality and safety.

Hygiena’s new and improved peanut allergen test provides a simple and effective way to monitor the risk from peanut residue. This lateral flow device has high sensitivity with a wide dynamic range of detection from 1 to 10,000 ppm of peanut protein in food samples and no interference from other food components. It is validated for products, liquids and surface analysis.

The test specifically identifies peanut antigen, and does not detect the antigens of cereals, seeds, milk, cocoa, other legumes or tree nuts including pecan, walnut, hazelnut, almond, macadamia, pistachio, cashew, brazil nut, chestnut, pine nut and coconut.

“Since peanut residue can be found in a wide variety of foods, this test will allow users to detect as low as 1 ppm of peanut in 10 min with minimal sample preparation. It even has the ability to detect roasted peanut particulates,” states Charles McGuill, Product Manager at Hygiena. “Hygiena is proud to be a leader in providing simple, effective testing for the Food Safety Industry.”

This product represents a cost effective and rapid solution as the procedure only takes a few minutes and there is no equipment required as all additional elements are included in the 10-test kit. The test can be used for incoming ingredients, finished products or surfaces. It is validated in a wide range of products such as meat, fish, sausage, pate, bread, cookies, cakes, flours, milk powder, spices and stainless steel surfaces. For quantitation of peanut antigen, additional testing can be done with the AlerTox® ELISA Peanut kit.

With the addition of peanut, Hygiena now offers a total of 12 allergen tests in our AlerTox Sticks portfolio, each validated for product, surface, and liquid samples. Tests include includes milk (casein and beta-lactoglobulin separately or combined), egg, fish, crustacean, soy, mustard seed and almond, walnut, and hazelnut and now peanut.

ABOUT HYGIENA

Hygiena delivers rapid microbial detection, monitoring, and identification solutions to a wide range of industries, including food and beverage, healthcare, hospitality, pharmaceuticals, and personal care. Utilizing advanced technologies and patented designs, Hygiena provides industry-leading ATP monitoring systems, PCR-based pathogen detection and characterization systems, allergen tests, mycotoxin tests, environmental collection devices, and more. Hygiena is committed to the mission of providing customers with high-quality innovative technologies that are easy-to-use and reliable, backed by excellent customer service and support. Headquartered in Camarillo, California with offices in Wilmington, Delaware, Mexico, Spain, Canada, the United Kingdom and China, and over 80 distributors in more than 100 countries worldwide, Hygiena products span the globe. www.hygiena.com.

HYGIENA ADDS SPECIFIC WALNUT TEST TO THE ALERTOX RANGE 

 

CAMARILLO, Calif. (13 October 2020)— Hygiena, a leader in food safety testing, is excited to launch a new test to increase its rapid test line of allergens, Alertox® Sticks Walnut. This line of rapid test for allergen detection is designed for the food processing industry to support allergen control programs and labelling requirements.

This lateral flow strip has a limit of detection of 2ppm of walnut protein in food samples. It is also validated of surfaces for cleaning verification. Using monoclonal antibodies to detect allergenic protein in walnut (Juglans regia), the test does not cross-react with the closely related tree nut pecan (Carya illinoinensis), or other allergens.

This product represents a cost effective and rapid solution as the procedure only takes a few minutes and there is no equipment required as all additional elements are included in the 10 test pack. The test can be used for incoming ingredients, finished products or surfaces. It is validated in a wide range of products such as protein bars, bread, dairy products, bakery products, cheese and stainless steel.

Hygiena’s Alertox line of rapid allergen tests includes milk (casein and beta-lactoglobulin separately or combined), egg, fish, crustacean, soy, mustard seed, almond and hazelnut (both for food analysis and surface testing). – Contact Hygiena for further information and learn more about the range of allergen tests.

ABOUT HYGIENA

Hygiena delivers rapid microbial detection, monitoring, and identification solutions to a wide range of industries, including food and beverage, healthcare, hospitality, pharmaceuticals, and personal care. Utilizing advanced technologies and patented designs, Hygiena provides industry-leading ATP monitoring systems, PCR-based pathogen detection and characterization systems, allergen tests, mycotoxin tests, environmental collection devices, and more. Hygiena is committed to the mission of providing customers with high-quality innovative technologies that are easy-to-use and reliable, backed by excellent customer service and support. Headquartered in Camarillo, California with offices in Wilmington, Delaware, Mexico, Spain, Canada, the United Kingdom and China, and over 80 distributors in more than 100 countries worldwide, Hygiena products span the globe. www.hygiena.com.

 NEW BAX® SYSTEM REAL-TIME PCR ASSAY FOR E. COLI O157:H7 EXACT MORE PRECISELY DETECTS DEADLY BACTERIA IN FOOD 

Improved assay reduces time to product release by detecting bacteria faster

 

CAMARILLO, Calif. (23 October 2020)— Hygiena, a leader in food safety testing, announced the NEW BAX® System Real-Time PCR Assay for E. coli O157:H7 Exact, a test that can specifically identify Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (and not similar serotypes) in less time than other tests.

The BAX® technology is based on the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method of amplifying minute amounts of genetic material in a sample for more accurate measurement. The new BAX® System Real-Time Assay for E. coli O157:H7 Exact is based on a single genetic target in E. coli O157:H7, providing a definitive result for immediate action and minimizes the need for additional confirmatory testing.

Improved chemistry in the new assay allows detection as low as 104 colony forming units (CFU/mL) in an enriched sample, opening the door to reduced enrichment times and faster time to results for quicker product release.

The assay can be run simultaneously with the BAX® System Real-Time PCR assay suite for STEC, including the BAX® System Real-Time STEC screening assay, and BAX® System Real-Time PCR assays for STEC Panel 1 and STEC Panel 2.

Hygiena’s validation testing of the BAX® System Real-Time PCR Assay for E. coli O157:H7 Exact in raw ground beef, beef trim, leafy greens and raw milk showed no significant differences in results compared to the reference conventional culture confirmation method. In addition, the test successfully identified 239 strains of E. coli O157:H7 and did not identify 300 non-O157:H7 strains or 175 non-E. coli bacteria.

“We are so excited to introduce this new assay to the BAX® System! This assay will dramatically improve the accuracy and speed of testing for E. coli O157:H7, providing the industry a needed tool for product release,” said April Englishbey, PhD., product manager at Hygiena. “We are confident that this assay’s ability for improved results in a variety of tough matrices will help improve the safety of food supply chains.”

ABOUT HYGIENA

Hygiena delivers rapid microbial detection, monitoring, and identification solutions to a wide range of industries, including food and beverage, healthcare, hospitality, pharmaceuticals, and personal care. Utilizing advanced technologies and patented designs, Hygiena provides industry-leading ATP monitoring systems, PCR-based pathogen detection and characterization systems, allergen tests, mycotoxin tests, environmental collection devices, and more. Hygiena is committed to the mission of providing customers with high-quality innovative technologies that are easy-to-use and reliable, backed by excellent customer service and support. Headquartered in Camarillo, California with offices in Wilmington, Delaware, Mexico, Spain, Canada, the United Kingdom and China, and over 80 distributors in more than 100 countries worldwide, Hygiena products span the globe. www.hygiena.com.

Hygiena Releases GlutenTox ELISA Rapid G12, A More Sensitive, Faster Gluten Test

Improved test provides significant advance in determining gluten in food

Hygiena, a leader in food safety testing, announced the release of GlutenTox ELISA Rapid G12, an improved test for the most immunotoxic peptide in gluten. The test provides more accurate results in less time than either previous versions or competitors’ ELISA tests for gluten.

GlutenTox ELISA Rapid G12 uses the G12 antibody to identify in food samples the 33-mer (part) peptide segment of the gliadin protein, which is part of the gluten protein complex. This “33-mer” peptide is the most immunotoxic part of the gluten protein and induces celiac disease in susceptible people. The 33-mer peptide also shows high resistance to complete digestion by human digestive enzymes.  Focusing on this peptide fragment provides more objective information to help people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance to avoid foods that contain gluten.

GlutenTox ELISA Rapid G12 provides fast, convenient and accurate measurement of gluten down to 0.6 ppm (0.3 ppm of gliadin).

GlutenTox ELISA Rapid G12 is based on the enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) test, a proven laboratory workhorse for more than 40 years. This test first uses the G12 antibody that is fixed to a testing surface (the “capture” antibody). This antibody binds specifically to certain peptides (in this case, the 33-mer). A second antibody, the “detection antibody,” is then introduced, labeled with an enzyme so it and its accompanying target protein can be measured. The “capture” antibody determines what proteins the “detection” antibody can pinpoint. 

In addition, standards provided with the kit will be ready-to-use for the first time. This innovation will reduce operator errors, as well as the time needed to prepare assays. The new kit is also more stable during temperature changes, and delivers positive results even in highly contaminated samples (a limitation of other gluten tests). Finally, GlutenTox ELISA Rapid G12 tests have shorter incubation times, allowing for an accurate-analytic measurement of gluten in 90 minutes.  

“With additional benefits like faster time to results, less susceptibility to temperature and nontoxic reagents, we are confident this new test will mark a significant advance in the ability to detect gluten proteins that are so harmful to those sensitive to even low levels of gluten.,” said Charles McGuill, Product Manager at Hygiena. 

PeachBelt sanitizer

PeachBelt Conference uses EnSURE™ Touch to protect student athletes

The PeachBelt Conference, an NCAA Division II association of collegiate teams in four southern states, is preparing for a safe return of student athletes to its member schools. Part of those preparations include rigorous cleaning and disinfection of facilities, and using EnSURE™ Touch ATP monitoring to verify their cleaning efforts.

The conference consists of 12 schools, in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Sports include football, basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball, golf, track and field, and others. Men's and women's teams are represented in the conference.

PBC commissioner David Brunk said, "We wanted to do something tangible to support our schools and create the safest environment for our student-athletes to return. After speaking with some of our corporate partners who are experts in these areas, we knew that the best thing we could do to help is provide these misting machines to sanitize surfaces as well as testing machines and swabs to ensure that the levels of organic material were below CDC thresholds."

The conference purchased misting sanitizer that will adhere to any surface, as well as a Hygiena ATP luminometer and UltraSnap testing swabs for each member school.

Learn more about the PeachBelt Conference and its cleaning efforts here.

Hygiena™ EnSURE™ Touch used in School Sanitation Program - KOMO-TV

  

Actero™ Elite Enrichment Media for the BAX® System reduces sample handling, improves throughput and time to results

 

(31 May 2018) Hygiena, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company that specializes in rapid food safety and environmental sanitation testing, announced that it has begun selling Actero™ Elite Enrichment Media, validated for use with the BAX® System real-time PCR assays for Listeria and Salmonella.
The two Actero™ Elite Enrichment Media formulations, produced by FoodChek Systems, Inc., are known in the industry for superior quality, single-step enrichment allowing for reduced sample handling, reduced enrichment media volumes, and faster time to results.
“We are delighted to be able to provide Actero™ Elite Enrichment Media to our BAX® System customers, which enables them to improve their ability to detect pathogens in food or environmental samples,” said Shannon Bullard, global product manager at Hygiena. “This partnership provides customers with industry leading technology providing accurate and efficient pathogen detection that is easy to use resulting in faster product release.”
William Hogan, FoodChek President & CEO, said, “We are very pleased with the opportunity of working with Hygiena and its outstanding food safety testing expertise. Hygiene’s competencies, reputation of food safety excellence and global reach make them an ideal partner for FoodChek in bringing our Actero Elite Enrichment Media to the food safety testing market.”
The Actero™ Elite Enrichment Media is formulated to suppress the growth of non-target organisms while promoting the growth of target organisms. Together, Actero™ Elite Enrichment Media and the BAX® System can provide environmental detection results in 22 hours for Listeria and 16 hours for Salmonella. The products are available in powder and liquid MediaBox™ formats. Other benefits of each media formulation are:
• For Listeria species assays, time to results can occur between 18-26 hours depending on sample source, and they feature a single-step enrichment.
• For Salmonella species assays, time to results can occur between 14-26 hours depending on sample source, and they feature a single-step enrichment.
Hygiena’s BAX® System PCR Assays have been certified as a Performance Tested Method by the AOAC Research Institute (AOAC-RI), and are also approved by Health Canada, the country’s national health agency, for use in food and environmental surface samples.

ABOUT FOODCHEK
The FoodChek Systems Inc. mission is to be the leading global developer and provider of proprietary rapid and accurate food safety tests for the detection of foodborne and environmental pathogens and other microorganisms throughout the human and pet food production chains. The company's expertise is in the development and commercialization of proprietary rapid, accurate and cost-effective food safety tests focused on the detection of Listeria spp., Listeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella spp. under the Actero™ Elite Enrichment Media brand of products. FoodChek is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

 

Bus Cleaning

American Public Transit Association cleaning/sanitation guide includes Hygiena ATP tests

The American Public Transit Association (APTA), the organization representing all transportation agencies in the US, published a guide to cleaning and disinfecting buses, trains, and other facilities in response to COVID-19. The APTA Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance details steps that should be taken to ensure cleanliness and includes the use of ATP monitoring, and illustrates the use of Hygiena's ATP luminometers and detection systems in public transit. 

Learn more and read the paper here.