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Hygiena Announces Addition of Allergen-Testing App

The Allergen App consolidates allergen testing results into a cloud-based environmental monitoring tool for deeper insight into process control, contamination sources, trend analyses and audit preparation, the company said.

CAMARILLO, Calif. — Hygiena announced the launch of its new Allergen App, which it said has harmonized its ATP cleaning and environmental monitoring system, EnSURE Touch, with its line of allergen tests including: AlerTox®, AllerFlow, and GlutenTox® Pro. Integration with the handheld EnSURE Touch luminometer allows the consolidation of allergen test results into overarching environmental test protocols and reporting for more insight into production safety. Moreover, Hygiena’s SureTrend® Cloud data management system, complimentary for all EnSURE Touch users, allows for customized report consolidation, trend analysis, proactive process correction, and robust audit preparation.

Recognized as a growing problem in most countries, food allergies affect approximately 2.5% of the general population worldwide, with reported prevalence rates ranging from 1% to 10%. Symptoms associated with an allergic response range from a mild or moderate category up to and including anaphylactic reactions, which can be life-threatening. It is therefore imperative for food operators to accurately identify undisclosed allergens and inadvertent allergen cross-contamination as a component of their food safety plan, Hygiena said.

Although allergen testing has long been incorporated into standard operating procedures, the test results were traditionally reported in isolation, rather than as a component of a holistic cleaning verification and quality release process. As such, operators have been unable to simply incorporate allergen detection into the larger environmental monitoring database, Hygiena said, hindering the ability to monitor process and cleaning control efficacy. The EnSURE Touch Allergen App aims to resolve this challenge. 

“We are very pleased to continually innovate and refine our environmental monitoring tools toward more holistic HACCP monitoring and increased public health safety. We believe the ability to quickly and easily align allergen test results with our broader environmental testing solutions including ATP and indicator organism detection allows our customers deeper insight into specific process control efforts,” said Steven Nason, CEO of Hygiena.

In the new era of digital transformation, food manufacturers are increasingly taking advantage of technology to enhance food safety. Through the modernization and automation of food safety data collection and entry processes, operators are overcoming food traceability obstacles, which is resulting in a more transparent supply chain.

“By embracing digital connectivity and continuing to add more food safety data points to our SureTrend Cloud solution, we are advancing food safety. The EnSURE Touch Allergen App empowers and informs customers in real time about the health of their food safety program. The software does all the thinking and identification of issues before they become serious. This is the true power of our technology — the speed and accuracy with which it alerts people instantaneously rather than days or weeks later when the issue has already long surfaced,” said Nason.

EnSURE Touch Allergen App Highlights:

  • Data entered on EnSURE Touch automatically syncs to SureTrend Cloud 
  • Upon entering the results in your EnSURE Touch instrument, the data automatically syncs to the cloud, creating visibility for your team members with access to SureTrend Cloud 
  • Unify all your Allergen test kit data: AlerTox Sticks, AllerFlow Gluten, AllerSnap, GlutenTox Pro, and PRO-Clean, all in one spot
  • Export Allergen test results or build reports through SureTrend Cloud
  • Multiple-quality indicators in one instrument: ATP, Microorganisms, Enzymes, and Allergens
  • Track all of your results in one place with SureTrend Cloud