You have just finished cleaning all your food contact surfaces and now it is time to start up your production. How do you validate the fact that your cleaning is indeed effective? One of the most popular verifications tools for food contact surfaces is ATP measurement.
ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is the universal unit of energy found in all living cells, therefore most foods and microbial cells will contain some level of naturally occurring ATP. A Luminometer is a unit used in displaying RLUs (Relative Light Units), which detect residual ATP as an indicator of surface cleanliness. Upon swabbing your surface you insert the swab into the Luminometer. The RLU reading is directly related to the amount of ATP collected from the sample. A higher numerical value on the Luminometer implies a potential for a surface to support bacterial growth, a lower value indicates cleaner surfaces.
There are a variety of Luminometer programs that will help support your sanitation program. Depending on your expectations we can fulfill exactly what your budget and specific plant needs are by offering many different Luminometer options. Verification is the first step to providing safe food, so why wait?
See our ATP testing supplies in person at AAMP – Booth 401 in Reno, Nevada, June 16-18.