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ATP Testing System: verification of an effective clean

Use this tester to prove your cleaning was efficient.  This handheld ATP testing system accurately detects ATP from surfaces and rinse water samples. A total of 3 different samplers are available, depending on the application, for surface testing, rinse water testing, and narrow openings (e.g. small pipes, fill nozzles).

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Accupoint Advanced ATP testing device

This ATP testing system will help you if you need:

  • instant proof of how effective a clean was – a lab test takes days
  • to detect microscopic pathogens that you cannot see on your surface
  • data to prove cleanliness, rather than just a visual check.

 

The solution

ATP testing is a way of instantly proving how clean a surface is.  To do this, this special reader measures actively growing microorganisms by detecting adenosine triphosphate, or ATP.  No ATPs means the surface is clean. 

In a critical hygiene environment, the cleaning process includes both cleaning and sanitising.  Cleaning removes food residue from product contact surfaces.  Sanitisation eliminates or minimises the presence of microorganisms that pose a risk to food safety and product quality.  Test once you have completed the cleaning process.  If there are no ATPs, the cleaning process has worked.

AccuPoint® Advanced Sanitation Verification System has 3 different sampler types.  This means you can test surfaces, water, and tight spaces (such as orifices and channels) and provide you with evidence in 20 seconds. 

 

The technical information

As the first sanitation verification device to be approved by the AOAC Research Institute, use of AccuPoint Advanced provides customers assurance that the system produces consistent and reliable data for evaluating sanitation program effectiveness in food processing and food services facilities. In addition, the approval follows a recent study conducted by NSF International that showed AccuPoint Advanced exceeded the performance of competitive systems on the market — further adding to the robustness of the device.

 

Product specifications

 

AccuPoint Advanced Reader + Data Manager Software

Quick, accurate and easiest to use

  • Rapid time to result (less than 20 seconds)
  • Full-color high resolution screen
  • Unique RLU scale detects small differences to identify ATP baseline deviations
  • The only reader with optional RFID technology
    • Reduces test time
    • Increases test plan accuracy

Advanced Data Manager Software:

  • Firmware upgrade feature keeps reader current
  • Records and tracks test results
  • Generates key hygiene/sanitation indicator reports
  • Maintains records for audit compliance
  • Identifies trends and problem sites
  • Manages test plan

 

 

three unique ATP samplers

AccuPoint Advanced Samplers

Advanced design and chemistry for advanced ATP recovery

  • NEW liquid-stable chemistry
    • A more consistent reaction for more reproducible results
    • Stable at room temperature for up to two weeks
  • Patented flat-head design breaks through biofilm and increases surface contact
  • One-handed, single-step activation for all sampler types
  • Three samplers engineered for precise sampling in each unique application
    • Surface: flat surfaces
    • Water
    • Access: tight spaces such as small orifices and channels

 

 

 

How much does an ATP testing system cost?

Our testers and samplers cost:

AccuPoint Handheld Reader + Software: $2,495.00
Access Samplers (100/box): $659.00
Surface Samplers (100/box): $499.00
Water Samplers (100/box): $595.00

All prices are excluding G.S.T. and freight. 

If you have any questions about pricing or a larger order, please contact sales@prescogroup.co.nz.

 

What are your alternatives?

You could use an ATP testing service
Outsourcing an ATP service is a good idea if you do not want to purchase your own equipment, or want to take a ‘hands-off’ approach yourself. 
Our technicians are trained in ATP testing.  They take an ATP test immediately after cleaning.  This result is documented on your Certificate of Completion (COC) for your audit compliance.  If the test shows the surface is not clean enough, our technicians can carry on cleaning right away, rather than finding a time to return to your site and finish the clean. 

You could wait up to 7 days for your lab cultures to return. 
You can wait until your microbiological swab sampling returns from the lab.  The results will be very thorough and specific.  However, they could take 7 days, or longer if you do not have your own lab onsite.  If you resume production before these results return, you risk contaminating your product on an unclean surface. 
Please note: ATP testing does not replace microbiological swab sampling, but it is proven the most suitable preventative method to confirm the effectiveness of cleaning procedures.

You could use a visual check.
Once your surfaced is cleaned, you can visually check to see if any dirt remains.  You will not be able to see microscopic organisms that remain on the surface; it may look clean but still be very dirty. 
Checking visually is subjective and not as safe for your audit compliance as documented evidence is.   

 

Frequently asked questions

What does ATP mean?
ATP is an acronym for adenosine triphosphate.  Every living cell uses ATP for energy.  This is why ATP testing is effective: if no ATP exist, no living cells can exist.    

How does ATP testing match up with the numbers I understand?
You will have an industry standard that regulates the hygiene in your plant.  However, industry standards vary.  This ATP tester reads in relative light units (RLUs).  If the standard you need to meet is in RLUs, this ATP tester can help. 
If you need help understanding what your standard needs to meet, contact Matthew at matthew@presco.co.nz.

 

What are the limitations of this ATP testing system?

ATP testing does not tell you which bacteria is on the surface, such as salmonella or listeria.
This is why ATP testing does not replace microbiological swab sampling.  However, it is proven the most suitable preventative method to confirm the effectiveness of cleaning procedures.

ATP testing cannot test a visibly dirty surface.
If you can see dirt on your surface do not bother testing – it is clearly dirty.  ATP reads on an exponential scale.  If you test a dirty surface, the reading goes off the end of the scale and provides no helpful information. 

 

If you have further questions, one of our friendly experts will always be happy to help. 

Call 0800 PRESCO or email info@prescogroup.co.nz to get in touch.

 

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