Hygiena

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Utilizing advanced technologies and patented designs, Hygiena provides industry-leading ATP monitoring systems, PCR-based pathogen detection and characterization systems, allergen tests, environmental collection devices, and more. Hygiena is committed to the mission of providing customers with high-quality innovative technologies that are easy-to-use and reliable, backed by excellent customer service and support. Headquartered in Camarillo, California with offices in Wilmington, Delaware, Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom and China, and over 80 distributors in more than 100 countries worldwide, Hygiena products span the globe.


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  • The BaxApp, available as a free download in the Apple App Store and iTunes, allows users to open BAX® System software files from emails, hosting services and other sources, without needing to access a networked computer.

    The BAX® System – an automated, PCR-based pathogen detection platform for food safety and quality testing – generates testing results after each process run as a .bax file, which previously could be viewed only on a computer running the appropriate BAX® System software. With the introduction of the mobile BaxApp, technicians, lab managers and customer support teams can view the same results files on a mobile device, which can help minimize review times and allow companies to act more quickly to address potentially critical food safety issues.

    “The BaxApp is a valuable tool for companies that want to access their pathogen testing results outside of the laboratory – or even outside of the office,” said Jeff Rohrbeck, Diagnostics systems development manager. “The feedback we have received for this functionality so far is overwhelmingly positive, and we are proud to offer this service to our customers to help improve response time for their testing needs.”https://www.hygiena.com/baxapp.html

  • Company to provide immunoassay-based testing for mycotoxins in dairy, cereals, and other foods

    Hygiena, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company that specializes in rapid food safety and environmental diagnostic tests, today announced that the company acquired Helica BioSystems, Inc., based in Santa Ana, Calif., effective March 28.

    Helica specializes in the development of enzyme linked immuno-assays (ELISA) that can detect mycotoxins, a family of highly toxic chemicals that are naturally emitted by specific fungi which are a persistent problem in dairy, grain, feed, food and beverages products. Maximum acceptable levels of mycotoxins are very low (in the parts per billion range) due to their extreme toxicity, and the toxins can cause a variety of health problems such as liver cancer, kidney complications, stunting in children, and many other conditions.

    Helica supplies a full menu of mycotoxin detection tests as well as research test kits for testing inflammatory markers such as C-Reactive Protein for the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, the company offers contract research and private label manufacturing services. One of Helica’s best-selling tests is for aflatoxin M1, a type of mycotoxin that persists in milk and other dairy products.

    With the addition of these tests, Hygiena expands its portfolio of food safety and quality assurance products offered to its global customer base. Helica’s products complement Hygiena’s allergen detection (which include other ELISA- and lateral flow-based tests), ATP and pathogen detection product portfolios and provide the best value in science-based solutions to help meet the diverse needs of food and beverage companies.

    “We are excited to welcome Helica to the Hygiena family and to include its products and services in Hygiena’s food safety testing portfolio,” said Steven Nason, Chief Executive Officer of Hygiena. “Helica’s products are known for their versatility and quality, and we are prepared to build on the company’s existing presence in developed and emerging markets.”

    Helica’s operations will remain in Santa Ana, and all Helica employees will become employees of Hygiena. Helica’s products will be available through Hygiena’s global commercial sales team as well as the global network of distributor partners. Hygiena also will continue Helica’s research initiatives aimed at developing new assays for food safety.

    “We are excited to join Hygiena,” said Wondu Wolde-Mariam, CEO of Helica. “Helica has come a long way, starting in a garage to now becoming part of the world’s leading provider of food safety products. Our R&D and production facilities are certified to the ISO 13485:2016 standard, and our quality is second to none.”

  • Hygiena, a global leader in rapid microbial detection, monitoring, and identification technology, introduced the BAX® System Free DNA Cleanup Kit, which degrades external contaminant target DNA, further reducing the possibility of false positive results during polymerase chain reaction (PCR) runs.

    While PCR allows for precise identification of low levels of target DNA, one criticism of the technique is that it amplifies DNA from both live cells and “free” DNA released from dead cells. “Free” DNA from dead cells can be present due to processing, cleaning, or bacteriophage preparations which are used to control pathogens.

    The BAX® System Free DNA Cleanup Kit easily integrates with the BAX® System workflow and has been internally validated to degrade any “free” contaminating DNA. Hygiena scientists successfully demonstrated the use of the kit for degradation of “free” contaminant DNA from samples of bacteriophage solutions for Listeria and Salmonella. The kit degrades very large amounts of target DNA (up to 400 ng). Most importantly, the kit does not interfere with intact DNA within living bacterial cells and their subsequent detection by PCR assays.

    Additional studies by a large poultry processing company and a prominent southeast Asia government agency resulted in similar results.

    “We’re delighted to announce this new addition to our product line, which will make PCR reactions more reliable, which is vital for securing a safe food supply,” said Martin Easter, Chief Scientific Officer of Hygiena. “The BAX System Free DNA Cleanup Kit more reliably degrades contaminating DNA, ensuring accurate results and providing the peace of mind that our customers have come to expect from Hygiena products.”

    Interference from “free” DNA is generally not an issue when using the BAX® System because food or environmental samples are enriched prior to testing. Enrichment provides the nutrients for live bacterial growth; dead cells are not affected. Therefore, dead cells would need to be present at a sufficient level prior to enrichment to yield the concentration required for BAX® System detection (approximately 10,000 cells/ml). However, certain product types and process conditions can result in the presence of contaminating extraneous “free” DNA leading to unconfirmable positive PCR results which impair the ability to make rapid, confident decisions on food safety.

  • Hygiena’s UltraSnap™ Surface ATP Test received Performance Tested Method℠ certification from the AOAC-RI on the new EnSURE™ Touch luminometer, demonstrating the systems’ sensitivity, reliability and robust operation. The certification is a modification of Hygiena’s existing AOAC-RI certification of the UltraSnap using the EnSURE luminometer.

    Data submitted to the AOAC demonstrates the system to have a high level of sensitivity with a limit of detection of 1.28 femtomoles of ATP and high degree of consistency and accuracy.

    The EnSURE Touch is a next-generation ATP monitoring system that collects, analyzes and reports data from multiple quality tests such as, water quality, indicator microorganisms, and process indicators (residual enzyme activity). The system provides a multi-functional tool for monitoring quality and safety parameter in food safety, healthcare and other industries.

    UltraSnap tests have consistently outperformed other ATP tests when data from other independent reports are compared.

    “We are delighted that our newest luminometer, the EnSURE Touch, has been certified and independently shown to perform as well as the original EnSURE System,” said Martin Easter, Chief Scientific Officer at Hygiena. “The EnSURE Touch not only represents a major improvement for ATP hygiene monitoring systems but has additional applications for the rapid detection of other contaminants.”

    About EnSURE Touch

    Incorporating key design features and customization options, EnSURE Touch is easily set up for industries like food and beverage manufacturing, healthcare, food service, hospitality, and many more. The EnSURE Touch is accompanied by the latest version of Hygiena’s SureTrend Data Analysis Software, SureTrend Cloud. The updated software is available in a cloud-based format and enables users to monitor, track, and trend testing results across one or multiple facilities, and easily configure one or hundreds of monitoring systems from a single SureTrend Cloud account.

  • Hygiena, a leader in food safety testing, presented findings from testing the BAX® System PCR method on a variety of important food and environmental matrices. The results were presented at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting in Louisville, KY.

    The studies show that the BAX® System Real-Time PCR method could effectively detect Salmonella in mango, Listeria monocytogenes in quick-frozen vegetables, and genus Listeria and L. monocytogenes in a variety of foods and environmental samples.

    “We are encouraged by these studies that show the effectiveness of the BAX® Real-Time PCR system compared to reference methods in several high-risk food samples,” said Martin Easter, Chief Scientific Officer of Hygiena. “We believe using these real-time PCR assays and instruments will provide results more rapidly, providing information vital to maintaining a safe food supply.”

    The abstracts can be found on the IAFP website:

    Fresh cut mango—Using the BAX® System Real-Time PCR assay for Salmonella to detect Salmonella in 375 g or 25 g of fresh cut mango, demonstrated no significant statistical difference between the real-time PCR and the reference method.

    Quick frozen vegetables--Since L. monocytogenes can survive freezing temperatures, there are increased concerns in frozen products. The BAX® real-time PCR assay for L. monocytogenes was evaluated in frozen vegetables to minimize the risk that contaminated product will reach consumers. The BAX® real-time L. monocytogenes PCR assay returned positive results for samples of broccoli, corn, carrots, and peas. All presumptive results were identical to culture, with no difference in detection from the reference method.

    Genus Listeria and L. monocytogenes—Two BAX® real-time PCR assays for screening genus Listeria species and L. monocytogenes were evaluated in five food categories and one environmental category. The assays exhibited increased assay sensitivity and faster sample preparation and cycling times than endpoint PCR detection. These new assays allow for rapid time-to-results for testing food/environmental samples, while preserving ease, accuracy and dependability.


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