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Importance of Efficient Bacterial Detection Protocols Within the Food Production Chain and How to Improve Safety

Recently, the Ferrero factory in Arlon, Belgium, had to recall several Kinder chocolate products due to the potential salmonella contamination within some of the chocolate, which has proven to be very costly and damaging to the brands reputation. However, this has also highlighted the importance of contaminant testing.

Such contamination events can occur due to ineffective cleaning and ATP swab testing processes, such as testing in the wrong, or too small an area of the production line and/or facility, which leads to recall of products, plus production shutdown until the issue is resolved, and regulatory bodies satisfied. EIT International has a fast, non-invasive, and highly accurate product to help detect contamination sites within production lines caused by bacteria and biofilm plumes.

ATP swab testing within food factories and its issues:

ATP swab testing is a popular hygiene monitoring system/process currently within the food production industry. This form of testing works by swiping small sections of surfaces in commercial food processing plants with specially designed rapid-testing adenosine triphospate (ATP) swabs which are then tested to determine the type of biological matter on that surface. Multiple areas in the process line will be swabbed along with key junctions/machinery as potential areas of contamination transmission or, highly sensitive to bacteria/virus collation.

The key issues that arise when using ATP swabs, is that they are only used on small areas that are ‘expected areas of ingress’, leaving larger areas of machinery or process lines untested, which could potentially lead to hotspot of bacterial/viral build up. In addition, ATP swabbing takes time with post-testing swabs needing to be further processed and to find out the results. These can take up to several days to receive, thus allowing bacteria/viruses to thrive unchecked in the meantime. Should a harmful contaminant be found, this can lead to huge product overhaul and recall, shutdown of processing lines. Leading to reduced profits, increased costs and huge loss in workflow.

EIT International’s Bactiscan™ offers the fast, effective safety net:

EIT International has the most efficient, safe and practical approach to ensuring your food processing line and production facilities are safe from bacteria and viruses. The Bactiscan™ from EIT International is an easy to use, no invasive bacteria and biofilm detection tool that can easily be added to facility management and maintenance programs for food processors to immediately identify biofilms, mould and bacteria such as salmonella and E.coli. It easily locates and identifies them. The cutting-edge wave-alternating UV light within the Bactiscan™ allows it to identify the contamination plumes and sites without having to use any chemicals or dye agents as a prelude to your ATP swab tests, which removes the guesswork of where to test, saving time and money whilst reducing risk-exposure significantly.




An additional benefit of using the Bactiscan™, is that it offers immediate results but requires no costly downtime of food processing lines/factories to work, so no reduction in production output and most importantly, no reduction of income. This quick and easy-to-use bacteria detection scanner can highlight the areas of bacteria or biofilm on your line prior to ATP swab testing to ensure cleanliness and safety in your plant and compliance to legislative regulations and guidelines laid out by the regulated industry bodies.

The Bactiscan™ complies with HSE and industry led legislation, specifically HACCP requirements and an independent report conducted by Camden BRI, has proved the capability of the Bactiscan™ to identify specific bacteria, biofilm and mould types with its unique wave-alternating UV light system.

For more information, and to read the full Campden BRI report, please click here or get in touch with your requirements.