Detection of microorganisms in the production environment
Microbiological tests for cleaning and hygiene control detect general residues of foods on insufficient cleaned surfaces in the production environment. These residues of nutrients are the basis for growth of microorganisms.
Residues of foods on surfaces can be detected using ATP measurements (LuciPac™ A3 Pens / LuciPac® Pens). Determination of proteins roughly describes the stage of contamination by color change of the colorimetric detection reagent. However, the relative amount of ATP (Adenosintriphosphat) or AMP (Adenosinmonophosphat) respectively can be measured very precisely. A special bioluminescence reaction which requires the presence of ATP or AMP is recorded in a special luminometer instrument (Lumitester SMART). Both systems are suited for consistent control of efficiency of cleaning procedures. These controls ensure maintenance of general industrial hygiene. Surfaces which are hygienically clean can reduce the risk of product contaminations.
The Lumitester SMART with use of LuciPac™ A3 Pens / LuciPac® Pens allows rapid detection of food and microbiological residues on all surfaces in contact with the product as an effectiveness test for cleaning and disinfection measures. The quantitative detection of intra- and extracellular adenosine triphosphate (ATP) as well as adenosine monophosphate (AMP) and adenosine diphosphate (ADP) is carried out in the portable luminometer Lumitester SMART.