With the FSMA changing standard operating procedures to focus on prevention as opposed to damage control when it comes to foodborne pathogens, luminometer technology and ATP testing can enable detection, verification, and documentation to go hand-in-hand with your location’s revamped sanitary maintenance programs.

So basically, both the 3M Clean-Trace Hygiene Monitoring and Management System and the Hygiena SystemSURE Plus are primarily used for areas that have been sanitized but need to be scrutinized. Both include test swabs that can collect hard-to-reach areas and directly catalog all data for longterm analysis within their software systems, and as always, there are benefits to using both that can be further studied on their respective websites. At the end of the day however, it’s important to remember that no one test or testing technology can replace or eliminate the need for other food safety measures.

“It’s important to note that not all hazards are necessarily bacterial in food manufacturing,” Roady notes. “Consider one of the largest food safety concerns — allergens. This is a critical concern that food service establishments must address in their risk assessments. Also, many food safety risks aren’t introduced by the food ingredient being handled, but by the people working in those areas and touching those surfaces."