Have Confidence in Your Sanitation Program
All it takes is one quick Google search of the phrase “sanitation in the food industry” and you’ll discover story after story with a common theme – the lack of proper sanitation and hygiene practices at food processing facilities – around the world – continue to cause outbreaks of illness and in some cases, death. Fortunately, Charm has solutions to keep your business and brand reputation out of these types of stories.’
Charm provides science-based sanitation and hygiene solutions that let you instantly assess the hygienic status of your facilities’ surfaces (for both food and non-food contact). We also provide solutions for you to test the water quality and other environmental areas, including hard to reach places, across your entire processing facility.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires sanitation validation by food producers. Compliance with FSMA is easily achieved with Charm’s tests for food safety and sanitation control. When you combine our ATP offerings with Charm’s Peel Plate tests, you can be confident that you’re not just complying with FSMA regulations, but you’ll also pass third party audits of your facility. Ultimately, you’ll also achieve better/longer shelf life of products and protect yours and your customers’ brand reputations
Charm’s ATP (adenosine triphosphate) -based sanitation and hygiene program provides solutions to use across your facilities that will provide results in just seconds. Hygiene verification tests like the Charm PocketSwab Plus, WaterGiene/Allergiene swab, FieldSwab, Peel Plate and E*Colite test are an integral part of your program to ensure your equipment, process waters, and facilities are kept clean and at a level that is safe for food production.
The PocketSwab Plus rapid ATP (adenosine triphosphate) swab is room-temperature stable, self-contained, single service test that enables total surface hygiene verification in only 5 seconds, allowing real-time corrective action. The PocketSwab Plus ATP swab is relied on for cleaning verification and validation of sanitation and hygiene practices to help prevent cross-contamination and microbial challenges due to ineffective sanitation procedures. Data is collected track/trended for HACCP documentation and food safety/quality audit purposes.
Charm WaterGiene is used to test the sanitation of water, including CIP water, rinse waters, and cooling water. WaterGiene measures water cleanliness in 20 seconds by measuring total ATP. High ATP levels indicate that microorganisms, food, and other biologicals are present in the water.
Charm AllerGiene is an ATP-based allergen control test designed to prevent cross-contact from allergenic food soil on process equipment. It measures ATP (adenosine triphosphate) at low levels as an indicator for the presence of food on wet-cleaned surfaces or rinse waters. AllerGiene is a simple 20-second swab test with sufficient high sensitivity to allergenic food residues to achieve detection comparable to specific allergen methods — 0.1 to 25 ppm for most of the eight allergen food groups: Peanut butter, wheat, soybeans, crustacean (shrimp), milk, tree nuts, egg, and sesame.
The Charm FieldSwab ATP swabs enable food safety programs to be implemented outdoors. Like the PocketSwab Plus ATP swab, the FieldSwab rapidly detects ATP (adenosine triphosphate) as a measure of surface cleanliness. This is done by measuring the light units produced when ATP reacts with luciferin/ luciferase. The FieldSwab has a light-blocking cover to prevent interferences from daylight and uses a specially calibrated channel on the novaLUM luminometer.