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MicroSnap obtains AOAC approval

Published 21st November, 2013 by Neil Nixon

MicroSnap obtains AOAC approval

The MicroSnap test for Coliform and E. coli from Hygiena has been certified by the AOAC Research Institute's Performance Tested Methods Program. MicroSnap is a rapid detection system based on the utilisation of specific substrates linked to a light emitting reaction. It is claimed to be the only microbiology test to give results in eight hours or less using a simple, low cost, portable instrument platform.

Certification by the AOAC Research Institute means that customers can use the test with confidence knowing that all claims are independently verified against strict validation criteria and international reference methods. The rapid results enable food and beverage processors to get actionable information in the same working day or shift that enable cost savings and increased productivity through faster risk assessment and positive release of sensitive products.

MicroSnap's performance was certified to measure both Coliform and E. coli in a wide range of products including raw and cooked meat and fish, milk, mineral water and ready-to-eat products such as sandwiches and green salad leaves. MicroSnap can be applied to many other products and the integrated swab provides a simple application for testing solid surfaces.

Other tests in the MicroSnap range include total viable count and newly developed tests include Enterobacteriacaea and Listeria. All tests are performed on the EnSure instrument which is also capable of measuring adenosine triphosphate (ATP) for hygiene monitoring at both standard and high sensitivity formats, and together with another enzyme specific test (ZymoSnap), acts as process monitors for both the diary and meat industries.