What is 3M ATP testing?
ATP Testing Overview 3M Clean-Trace Surface ATP tests are used to determine whether a surface has been cleaned effectively. Any food residue or microbial cells that remain on the surface will contain ATP and will react with the reagents contained in the test (luciferin and luciferase enzyme) to produce light.
How do you conduct an ATP test?
ATP testing is conducted using a Luminometer, a device that measures ATP, and a testing swab. Once an area is cleaned, a swab of a surface is taken. Then, the swab is placed in the Luminometer to measure the ATP level. The reading on the device is measured in Relative Light Units (RLU).
Do ATP swabs need to be refrigerated?
ATP test devices have a 15 month shelf life at refrigerated temperatures (2-8° C) and 4 week shelf life at room temperature (21-25° C). All swab labels are printed with expiration month and year for your convenience.
What is ATP hygiene?
ATP monitoring is a rapid testing method used by food and beverage processors to quickly assess the cleanliness of surfaces or liquid samples from such places as CIP systems. Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) is present in all organic material and is the universal unit of energy used in all living cells.
How is ATP used to monitor surface cleanliness?
ATP on the surface can be collected using the 3M™ Clean-Trace™ Surface ATP Test Swab. Once the swab is activated, the ATP will then react with an enzyme and produce light. The 3M™ Clean Trace™ Luminometer will measure the light generated and report it as relative light units or RLUs.
Is ATP testing accurate?
However ATP testing is a fast, reliable way to confirm the presence or absence of biological matter in a sample area, which is a good indicator of general cleanliness and hygiene levels.
What is an ATP device?
December 7, 2010. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is an enzyme that is present in all living cells, and an ATP monitoring system can detect the amount of organic matter that remains after cleaning an environmental surface, a medical device or a surgical instrument.