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Article Type: Food facts From: Nutrition & Food Science, Volume 42, Issue 2
The EnSURE hygiene quality monitoring system manufactured by Hygiena International Ltd 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 (ATP) 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 s 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.