Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) sanitation verification systems are now the standard method for evaluating and monitoring sanitation efficacy at food production and foodservice organizations around the world.
Neogen has developed an innovative software system that allows
food safety directors immediate access to their facilities’ sanitation
test results from an AOAC-approved test method—no
matter where in the world their facilities may be.
Neogen’s NeoNet® is a cloud-based software
platform that enables corporate food safety direc-
tors to achieve new levels of access, insight, and
control of the effectiveness of the sanitation pro-
grams at each of their facilities. With the NeoNet sys-
tem, each facility does routine ATP testing and seam-
lessly transfers the results to their local computer
networks. The data are then automatically synced to
the customer’s universal NeoNet system.
“Corporate quality assurance and sanitation direc-
tors have needed a way to quickly learn of potential
problems and compare results across facilities, as well as
production groups and equipment within those facilities,” says
Neogen’s James Topper. “Especially for organizations that have mul-
tiple, far-flung facilities, the challenge has been to efficiently collect
and interpret that data company-wide. NeoNet greatly simplifies that
process by presenting the collected data graphically without having
to conduct extensive data analysis. This simplified process enables
directors to respond more quickly to situations that need their im-
mediate attention—and potentially save their companies from the
consequences of an ineffective sanitation effort.”
Using NeoNet with Neogen’s AOAC-approved AccuPoint® Ad-
vanced test system, a director can review results of each facility’s
testing or compare one facility with all other locations. It also pro-
vides historic ATP test result comparisons to current results. At each
level, the results are displayed with a bar chart and percentages of
pass, marginal, and fail results ranked by highest fail percent. Users
can narrow the results to a selected timeframe, such as the past 24
hours, or by the week, month, quarter, or year.
“We’ve been very encouraged by the feedback we’ve received
from companies that have been early adopters of the NeoNet system,” says Topper. “They’ve found it to be very easy to use, and it ac-complishes what the industry requested.”
The First ATP Test System with AOAC Approval
Neogen’s AccuPoint Advanced was the first sanitation monitoring
system to receive AOAC approval, and this approval follows a recent
study by NSF International that showed AccuPoint Advanced exceeded the performance of competitive systems.
“Each time we receive a validation from an independent third party on any of our tests, it provides further assurance to the food production and processing industry that our tests perform as expected,”
says Topper. “The performance of our AccuPoint Advanced system in
recent independent evaluations by AOAC and NSF is very gratifying.
We developed the product with the goal
of creating a new sanitation monitoring
system that is superior to anything else
on the market.”
The results in the AOAC validation
report (Performance Tested MethodSM
091601) provided evidence that Accu-
Point Advanced produces consistent and
reliable data for evaluating sanitation
program effectiveness in food processing
and foodservice facilities.
AccuPoint Advanced is an enhanced
version of the company’s earlier AccuPoint test system. Improvements with
AccuPoint Advanced include improved
sampler chemistry to produce more consistent results with even greater sensitivity; an enhanced instrument to produce
even faster results (less than 20 seconds);
and advanced data manager software to
easily streamline the testing process by
creating test plans and syncing important
data, while keeping a permanent record
of sanitation test results.
AOAC International is a globally recognized, independent forum for finding
appropriate science-based solutions
through the development of microbiological and chemical standards. The Applied
Research Center at NSF International is a
not-for-profit global research group that
provides product development support
to manufacturers and developers of products in the food safety, agriculture, clinical, and life science markets.
In the NSF International study, a battery of tests was conducted to objectively
measure five major commercial ATP hygiene monitoring systems. In real-world
simulations, each system was tested
using four different approaches to determine their accuracy and consistency.
Accuracy was determined by measuring
the percent recovery of the commodity
from a 4 inch × 4 inch stainless steel surface. A higher relative light unit score on
this measure indicated a more accurate
representation of the residue actually
present on a surface. Consistency was
determined by computing the coefficient
of variation (CV%) for the sample set.
A lower CV% indicated a more narrow
range of scores for a given sample and,
therefore, a more consistent system.
Across all real-world test simulations,
AccuPoint Advanced appeared to be more
consistent and accurate in its detection of
the amount of ATP on a surface with its
patented flat-head samplers. In a production environment, more accurate and consistent results mean more reliable data.
Collecting and Interpreting
Multi-site ATP Testing Data
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