ATP Sanitation Hygiene

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 Peel Plate Microbial 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 achieve better/longer shelf-life of products and protect your brand reputation.

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 PlusWaterGiene, AllerGieneFieldSwabPeel Plate, and E*Colite tests 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.

PocketSwab Plus

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.


The WaterGiene ATP swab is used to test the sanitation of water, including CIP water, rinse waters, and cooling water. The test 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.


The AllerGiene ATP swab is an 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. The AllerGiene swab is a simple 20-second test with high sensitivity to allergenic food residues to achieve detection comparable to specific allergen methods.

Field Swab

The FieldSwab ATP swab enables 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 test has a light-blocking cover to prevent interferences from daylight and uses a specially calibrated channel on the novaLUM II-X System.

novaLUM II-X System

The novaLUM II-X System is a palm sized luminometer that offers superior science for advanced sanitation control. It utilizes a technologically advanced photomultiplier tube (PMT) that amplifies ATP (adenosine triphosphate) allowing detection of lower levels of microbial and organic contamination.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that unpasteurized milk is 150 times more likely to cause foodborne maladies

The number of companies impacted by FSMA requirements to substantially improve procedures and processes involving sanitation and temperature controls during transportation.

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