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 AllerGiene hygiene test can be implemented in HACCP programs, helping manufacturers prevent allergen cross-contamination by verifying the cleaning and removal of food residues from shared processing lines. Immediate results from AllerGiene enables re-cleaning before the next production cycle.
- Results in 20 seconds
- Detects ATP from all eight FDA major foods containing allergens in one test
- Food sensitivities comparable with allergen specific methods
- Enables immediate re-cleaning
- Achieves a “higher level of clean”
- Accurate readings with novaLUM luminometer
Pharmaceutical / Cosmeceutical / Nutraceutical
The Allergiene swab is easily read on:
- Detection of dried egg residues on a stainless steel surface using ELISA and sensitive ATP assays (IFT 2007 poster)
- Detection of dried peanut and milk residues from stainless steel coupons using a sensitive ATP test, protein ELISA, and protein lateral flow tests (AOAC 2006)
- Practical application of sensitive ATP test to allergen cross-contact prevention in food and beverage facilities (2008 EU IAFP poster)
- Use of a sensitive adenosine triphosphate method to quickly verify wet cleaning effectiveness at removing food soils and allergens from food contact surfaces (IAFP 2005 poster)