Handwashing for Life

Overcoming Underwashing

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TouchReady<sup>™</sup> Surfaces LogoATP ... when clean to sight and touch is not enough.

Every surface touch in a professional kitchen, restroom and service area is different and carries an unknown risk factor for contaminating the hands, bare or gloved. These hands in turn can contaminate the food or another person directly. Grouping these touches, with the HACCP principle in mind, is a good first step - prioritizing those touches that must trigger a handwash and a specific hand hygiene regimen.

Personal Touch ProgramSurface cleanliness in food processing establishments has an operational definition. Cleaning procedures and frequencies are established to consistently yield safe level standards. These surfaces are monitored and included in food safety audits.

Foodservice is a smaller scale food processing operation. The operational needs are very different as people, hands and small batches are the order of the day rather than machines controlling long production runs. Adding to the control issue for foodservice are language skills, culture and the fact that the public are invited into the service space, shared with the workforce like on  cruise ship.

The conventional wisdom to monitor food processing surfaces more closely relates to batch size and the scale of a potential outbreak.

Looking at the number of people affected and the costs associated with just Hep A and Norovirus outbreaks, should some foodservice surfaces be monitored more closely? Should operators perhaps use ATP technology to both assign numbers to the acceptable cleanliness levels and train the cleaning staff by demonstrating and documenting what clean is - beyond sight and touch. The immediate feedback of an ATP luminometer is a powerful, language-free, training tool.

ATP luminometer systems vary widely in performance and price. Accuracy and repeatability are increased in meters using a photomultiplier tube (PMT).

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Biotrace International Plc, a 3M company, is a leading manufacturer and supplier of industrial microbiology products.

Biotrace provides Food, Beverage and Environmental customers with a range of high quality, innovative products and services that reduce the time to result or provide convenience for environmental monitoring, quality control and quality assurance testing.

By concentrating on innovation, simplicity and speed, Biotrace International is committed to setting new standards of excellence and customer satisfaction.

Biotrace’s global presence and substantial product portfolio ensure first class service and support for each and every customer.

Companies around the world currently rely on Biotrace to ensure product quality, optimise process performance and safeguard health.

Our Food & Environmental Division serves the following customers:

  • Food Processors
  • Beverage Manufacturers
  • Dairy Manufacturers
  • Food Service and Catering Establishments
  • Environmental Water Processors
  • Paper & Pulp Mills
  • Other Industrial Processes

 

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