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How ‘clean’ is clean?

Food poisoning is caused by harmful bacteria that grow in colonies, invisible to the naked eye. But if you can’t see them, how do you know where they are? They could be lurking on your chopping board or wooden spoon, just waiting to spoil your next dish.

Everyone recognises that cleaning is important in a catering business, but it is difficult to be sure that your equipment and surfaces are truly hygienic. The use of cloths, scourers and tea-towels can all make surfaces look visibly clean, but bacteria often remain - presenting a major risk of cross contamination. To be certain your kitchen environment is clean and safe, you need to be able to 'see' bacteria...

And now you can -  with BIOSCANNING

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BIOSCANNING is a monitoring system that can detect the presence of bacteria and food residues on any surface in your kitchen or food preparation area. The results reveal whether your cleaning methods are really working.

How does it work?

The technology used in BIOSCANNING is known as ‘bioluminescence’. It works on the detection of a substance known as ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP is present in all living cells, including bacteria. If a high level of ATP is found on a surface, it indicates that it is not clean.

Our BIOSCANNING service will give you instant feedback on the quality of your kitchen cleaning procedures.

What does the BIOSCANNING service include?

  • Regular visits (usually 3-4 times per year)
  • Equipment swabs - of chopping boards, knives, handles etc
  • Results available within seconds
  • Advice and guidance on achieving targets
  • Report left on site for immediate action by manager
  • Written report within 14 days for files

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Other benefits of BIOSCANNING

Cleaning is a ‘critical control point’ in all food businesses. Hazard Analysis legislation requires such critical points to be identified, controls implemented and monitoring procedures be put in place. With BIOSCANNING, the requirement to monitor cleaning effectiveness can be met easily and accurately. It gives you total confidence in the hygiene of your operations, and enables you to prove it to others.

BIOSCANNING can also make a valid contribution to a ‘Due diligence’ defence should it ever be required.