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Same shift bacteria test approved by AOAC Research Institute for Food & Beverage industries
The MicroSnap test for Coliform and E. coli from Hygiena has been certified by the AOAC Research Institute's Performance Tested Methods Programme. MicroSnap is a novel rapid detection system based on the utilisation of specific substrates linked to a light emitting reaction. It is claimed to be the only microbiology test to give results in eight hours or less using a simple, low cost, portable, instrument platform.
Certification by the AOAC Research Institute means that customers can use the test with confidence knowing that all claims are independently verified against strict validation criteria and international reference methods. The rapid results enable food and beverage processors to get actionable information in the same working day or shift that enable cost savings and increased productivity through faster risk assessment and positive release of sensitive products.
MicroSnap's performance was certified to measure both Coliform and E. coli in a wide range of products including raw and cooked meat and fish, milk, mineral water and ready-to-eat products such as sandwiches and green salad leaves. MicroSnap can be applied to many other products and the integrated swab provides a simple application for testing solid surfaces.
MicroSnap is certified to give a quantitative result after six hours and enumerates the bacteria in the range 100 - 10,000/g. Results can also be achieved in three - six hours depending on the desired specification. The test also gives presence/absence results in 8 hours i.e. <10/g for solid foods and <1 per 100ml for water.
The large dynamic range of the test reduces the need for serial dilutions thus saving the time and cost of sample preparation required for the conventional microbiology. MicroSnap's simple convenient test format uses a liquid broth that enables every viable bacteria to be detected thus giving a more precise result than colony counting methods.
Other tests in the MicroSnap range include Total Viable Count and newly developed tests include Enterobacteriacaea and Listeria. All tests are performed on the EnSURE instrument which is also capable of measuring adenosine triphosphate (ATP) for hygiene monitoring at both standard and high sensitivity formats, and together with another enzyme specific test (ZymoSnap), acts as process monitors for both the diary and meat industries.
Hygiena serves industrial food and beverage processors, healthcare institutions, sanitation suppliers and life science researchers. It manufactures and sells a broad range of rapid monitoring systems, environmental collection devices, and rapid dilution devices, made under strict GMP standards, ensuring excellent product quality and reliability. With offices in the US, UK, China, India, and over 100 distributors worldwide, Hygiena products span the globe.
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10th October 2013