As some areas of the country and world begin to open back up pending the recovery from COVID-19, many facilities are experiencing increased demand. We’re also heading into harvest season, which can bring additional volume increase.
With these demand evolutions in mind, some food manufacturing facilities are evaluating the effectiveness of their cleaning and sanitation operations. To both meet regulations and support overall food safety and quality, facilities sometimes strive for a robust hygiene monitoring program that utilizes both ATP testing and microbiological testing.
If you are evaluating the operations of your facilities, you might be looking for resources to inform such decisions. This recent multi-phase study from the Cornell University Department of Food Science and 3M Food Safety might be the resource you need.
The teams evaluated the effectiveness of a hygiene monitoring program using both ATP bioluminescence testing and microbiological indicator testing, with the goal of finding a framework that could be utilized by a variety of food manufacturing facilities.
From Randy Worobo, Ph.D., Professor of Food Microbiology, Cornell University Department of Food Science:
“This study demonstrates the power of a robust hygiene monitoring program – combining ATP testing with microbiological indicator testing – to strengthen current sanitation programs and ultimately improve the safety and quality of food for consumers. In addition, hygiene monitoring results can be used to develop a data-driven cleaning and sanitation program that is effective and efficient, which can help reduce costs. As a standard, the industry should be using this method to verify cleaning and sanitation programs. It’s key.”
Explore the full results, including the reveal of the methods’ combined impact on cleaning and sanitation efficacy, when you read the study.