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Hygiene Assessment Tester Given All Clear for Breweries

The EnSURE hygiene quality monitoring system manufactured by Hygiena International has been assessed as suitable for use in breweries by The Campden BRI Instrument Assessment Service.

The EnSURE system comprises a hand held luminometer, together with surface swabs and liquid testing dippers, used to measure the Adenosine Triphosphate levels on working surfaces or other contamination-sensitive areas, as well as in water or other liquids. ATP is found in all living organisms, foods and beverages and its presence on surfaces or in liquids is used as a measure of cleanliness and contamination.

The EnSURE system can be used to test hygiene levels, the efficacy of surface cleaning procedures, as well as the quality of potable liquids, thus reducing the potential for microbial proliferation thereby safeguarding product safety and the brand. The equipment is easy to use, with results available within 15 seconds of the test procedure, and with a sensitivity of detection down to a level of 0.1 femtomole. The ease of operation, combined with the speed and accuracy of the results makes the system an ideal tool for monitoring all areas of production, handling and preparation for food and drink products, right through to the point of sale to the consuming public.

The Hygiena EnSURE system comprises a high quality single instrument that provides the platform for a variety of specific tests and a range of devices used to collect, analyse and provide data from multiple quality indicators. This hand-held luminometer is light-weight, robust, simple to use and flexible, providing high quality accurate monitoring for a wide range of applications. The seven button keypad is sealed and splash-proof, while being easy to both use and navigate for the operator.

Multiple tests can be undertaken with a single instrument, such as high sensitive hygiene monitoring (SuperSnap and AquaSnap), rapid detection of specific bacteria (MicroSnap) and enzymes used as process indicator (ZymoSnap). The instrument has twenty programmable test plans and 251 programmable locations per test plan, together with storage capacity for 2000 test results. The instrument runs off 2 x AA batteries (suitable for>6000 tests) and utilises an advanced solid-state technology.

The SuperSnap swab is a highly sensitive ATP test device suitable for surfaces requiring the highest standards of cleanliness, eg in support of allergen control programs. This is complemented by Hygiena AquaSnap liquid testing devices which provide a consistent sample collection size of 100┬Ál. All the devices use liquid-stable reagents for superior reproducibility and sensitivity, covering a wide range of application requirements. Both these pen-sized testing devices are economical, easy to use and give real time results.

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