Hygiena announces AOAC approval for ZymoSnap ALP device

ZymoSnap verifies pasteurisation in dairy products, avoiding delays, additional costs of retesting, and ultimately improving patient health and ensuring consumer safety.

Hygiena, a global food safety and animal health producer of rapid diagnostic tests, has announced the AOAC approval of its ZymoSnap test device for the measurement of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) enzymes in milk and milk-based products. It provides a simple and effective way to offer clear definitive results about dairy quality and proper pasteurisation within minutes and has also been validated for various types of milks, creams and more.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 1993 through 2012, there were 127 outbreaks linked to raw milk or raw milk products like ice cream, soft cheese, or yogurt. They resulted in 1,909 illnesses and 144 hospitalisations1. It is, therefore, imperative for dairy producers to accurately identify inadequate pasteurisation as a component of their food safety plan.

“ZymoSnap ALP has received AOAC certification and is now pending NCIMS approval, which is expected in early 2023. We are proud that our products continue to be recognised by such globally acknowledged agencies. Independent assessments give us the assurance we need to continue safeguarding our customers’ businesses and protecting end consumers by providing trusted, reliable testing products to the food and beverage industry,” commented Steve Nason, CEO of Hygiena.

“Advances in the last few decades have allowed for the development of more robust procedures for detecting ALP in pasteurised milk products. Our rapid, bioluminogenic, three-step method is the easiest and most cost-effective way to verify pasteurisation efficiency in milk products to ensure quality and safety. Our goal is to continually innovate and refine our food and beverage tools toward more holistic HACCP monitoring and increased public health safety,” concluded Steve Nason.

The EnSURE Touch luminometer supports ZymoSnap ALP as well as other tests for hygiene and allergen monitoring, all with applications in dairy manufacturing operations, providing a cost-effective system for any dairy facility. In addition, the instrument is self-calibrating, requiring little to no maintenance or servicing, reducing costs even more. Furthermore, data can be stored in Hygiena’s SureTrend Cloud (SaaS) data analysis software to track, trend and analyse test results, automatically generating reports and maintaining records for audit compliance.

References

1 “The Dangers of Raw Milk: Unpasteurized Milk Can Pose a Serious Health Risk”. FDA. https://www.fda.gov/food/buy-store-serve-safe-food/dangers-raw-milk-unpasteurized-milk-can-pose-serious-health-risk