April 19, 2016 : What is ATP Monitoring?

What is ATP Monitoring?

Here at Testkitcentral.com we offer many products in the ATP monitoring category, but what exactly does ATP monitoring mean? 

According to Hygiena “ATP monitoring is a rapid testing method used by food and beverage processors to quickly assess the cleanliness of surfaces or liquid samples from such places as CIP systems”. ATP, also known as Adenosine Triphosphate, exists in all organic material and is the universal unit of energy used in all living cells. Since it exists in all organic material, most foods and microbial cells will contain some level of naturally occurring ATP.  Luminometers used with ATP swabs, use bioluminescence to detect residual ATP as an indicator of surface cleanliness. The existence of ATP on a surface signifies improper cleaning and the existence of contamination, including food residue, allergens and/or bacteria. 

ATP monitoring is used in food and beverage-processing plants to ensure that ATP presence has been eliminated or has been minimized by the sanitation procedure. The benefits of ATP monitoring is that it prevents cross-contamination, ensures product integrity, and protects brand reputation, and complies with GMP standards and HACCP requirements.
*Information from Hygiena.com