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How ATP Cleaning Verification can help!

In times like these, knowledge is power.

Hygiena™ has been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the implications it has for our employees, customers and communities. During this time we have received a multitude of questions regarding our solutions as they pertain to the situation.

Due to this, we wanted to take this time to explain how our ATP Cleaning Verification products work and are suggested to be used in this troubling time.

 

How Hygiena ATP Cleaning Verification Products Work:

  • Hygiena's cleaning verification products can tell you in as little as 10 seconds if a surface has been cleaned properly using ATP.
  • ATP is an energy molecule found in all plant, animal and microbial cells. It fuels metabolic processes such as cellular reproduction, muscle contraction, plant photosynthesis, respiration in fungi, and fermentation in yeast. All organic matter (living or once-living) contains ATP, including food, bacteria, mold and other microorganisms.
  • Hygiena™ ATP testing devices contain a natural enzyme found in fireflies. This enzyme, called luciferase, produces a simple bioluminescence (lightproducing) reaction when it comes into contact with ATP. Using bioluminescence technology, our ATP Meters can measure extremely low levels of ATP collected with testing devices. Measuring the amount of bioluminescence from an ATP reaction provides an excellent indication of surface cleanliness because the quantity of light generated by the reaction is directly proportional to the amount of ATP present in the sample.

 

How Hygiena ATP Cleaning Verification Products can be used:

 

On the other hand, we wanted to clarify a couple points about our products' capabilities.

 

Relevant Hygiena Product Information:

  • ATP systems do not detect viruses directly. However, COVID-19 infected material that contains biological residues will be detected by an ATP system.
  • Hygiena does not produce a virus test
  • Performing ATP CleaningVerification does not guarantee removal of viruses on surfaces
  • ATP Cleaning Verification should be used in conjunction with CDC recommendations and guidelines

If you have questions about our products or are interested in using them in your facility, please click the button below to contact a Hygiena representative in your area.

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What does clean really mean?

Implementing ATP Cleaning Verification in Janitorial and Sanitation Processes 

Hygiena™ ATP Cleaning Verification Systems help organizations achieve optimal standardized cleaning levels. These systems use bioluminescence technology to identify and measure adenosine triphosphate, commonly known as ATP. This measurement helps organizations objectively determine from a microbiological level if a surface has been cleaned properly and is safe for use, or if it requires a corrective action such as re-cleaning. 

- What is ATP? ATP is an energy molecule found in all living cells that allows cellular metabolism to take place. All organic matter contains ATP. In healthcare facilities, organic matter such as bodily fluids, blood, and bacteria left on surfaces can become a point of cross contamination between patients and staff, which can lead to infections if not properly cleaned. Therefore, the detection of ATP on a surface after cleaning is an indication of cleaning efficacy. 

- What is bioluminescence? Hygiena ATP tests contain an enzyme called luciferase which produces a bioluminescence (light-producing) reaction when it comes into contact with ATP. The light emitted from the reaction is measured and quantified in a Hygiena luminometer. The unit of measurement for the emitted light is Relative Light Units (RLU). 

- Higher Contamination = Higher RLU - The quantity of light generated by the bioluminescence reaction is directly proportional to the amount of ATP present in the sample. The reaction is immediate, allowing results to be processed in real-time. Results are expressed numerically on the screen in RLU. 

- How are test results tracked? – Test results can be tracked on your luminometer and software by location, plan, and user. This information allows users to clearly associate results with the specific location, or group of locations tested, and who performed the tests. 

 

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As schools, governments, and private businesses alike adopt US Centers for Disease Control guidelines on cleaning and disinfection as a defense against the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus, many are turning to Hygiena's ATP monitoring technology to help verify cleaning efforts. Studies have shown that certain disinfectants can disable the virus on surfaces. While ATP monitoring can't detect viruses, and scientists still don't know how infective SARS-Cov-2 is from a surface, it's still helpful to at least reduce overall contamination risk from microbes. 

Here, the Richland, Washington, school district reports on using Hygiena's EnSURE Monitoring system in its facilities. Like all Washington state public schools, the district is now closed until April 24, but it has been conducting enhanced sanitation and monitoring. 

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Hygiena has been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the implications it has for our employees, customers and communities. We will provide ongoing updates below.

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Date & Time Update
3/16/2020 | 11:15 AM PST Supply chain, manufacturing production and distribution channels are fully operational.

The RiboPrinter has been used by food safety professionals and in healthcare settings to characterize bacteria down to the strain level, but a recent Czech study has extended its capabilities to discovering new species of Staphyloccus in Antarctica. The RiboPrinter helped determine two new species, and also helped scientists find new genes that controlled resistance to antibiotics. The study underscores the reliability and versatility of the RiboPrinter system and illustrates usefulness in more traditional food safety and healthcare settings. You can read about the research in our case study here

SystemSURE Plus™ points to dirtiest parts of New York City

What would you think is the dirtiest spot in Manhattan, New York? A public toilet handle, subway pole, or a bank ATM?  

If you guessed the ATM, you’re correct! A New York Post article featured a financial products employee as he used the HygienaSystemSURE Plus™ Sanitation Monitoring System to test various points around Manhattan, including 20 bank automated teller machines (ATMs). Relative light unit (RLU) readings ranged from 68 for a subway pole to over 500 for a well-used ATM. Of course, Hygiena’s ATP technology is supposed to be used after cleaning to verify your efforts, but the article points out to sources of potential contamination that can be found anywhere. Find out more from the article here

Hygiena announced the AOAC Research Institute, one of the world’s most recognizable product certification organizations, has issued its Performance Tested Method certificate to the UltraSnap™ Surface ATP Test for identifying the possible presence of microbial contamination.

As required for AOAC-RI certification, Hygiena used a third-party laboratory to test the results of UltraSnap on stainless steel surfaces in five food matrices, essentially reproducing a food processing facility.

The test results showed very low limits of detection (down to 0.77 relative light units {RLU}, the measure generated by ATP-based luminometers). The results also showed that UltraSnap was able to detect ATP from surface soiled by food and beverages, at dilutions of 1:1,000 or lower. The UltraSnap was shown to be highly selective for ATP, stable and consistent, and to have no statistically significant variability.

The validation marks the first of Hygiena’s ATP-based test products, and only the second ATP monitoring device, to receive an AOAC certification.
“We are delighted that the most used ATP system around the world has been verified and validated for its accuracy and sensitivity by the AOAC,” said Steven Nason, Chief Executive Officer of Hygiena. “This validation is helpful for certain customers and government bodies around the world and validates the claims we have been making on the system for years. ATP testing is the fastest and most effective way for food processing facilities to determine cleanliness levels and accurately identify areas that need attention before food is processed which helps keep our food supply safer.”

ABOUT AOAC PTM
The AOAC Performance Tested Methods (PTM) program began in 1992 and has evolved into a premier method certification program for proprietary methods. Methods certified as Performance TestedSM were found to perform according to the manufacturer’s documented claims and are used throughout the global marketplace and within the regulatory arena. The PTM program offers certification as an endpoint for method evaluation or as an entry to method validation for programs requiring increased confidence and method reproducibility information. PTM certification includes licensing the method developer to use the Performance TestedSM certification mark.

When the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was discovered nearly 35 years ago, it ushered in a revolution in biology. However, at the time of its discovery, few scientists or engineers foresaw how the technology would lead to another type of revolution in food safety. Today’s PCR has become highly automated, making it much easier for nonspecialists to operate the samples, handle the instruments, analyze data, and retrieve invaluable results. The machines themselves also have become more compact and cost-effective enough to be placed in most major food processing facilities and some retail locations, as well as third-party laboratories.

A Hygiena white paper has been published in Rapid Microbiology that reviews how PCR works, describes how any PCR technique depends on high-quality assays, and shows how the technique has been adopted to search for E. coli, Campylobacter, Salmonella, Vibrio, and certain yeasts and molds.

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.