3M™ Clean-Trace™ Surface Protein (Allergen) Test Swab ALLTEC60 is a rapid, simple, and reliable⁴ solution to monitor the presence of allergens on surfaces to effectively manage cleaning.
It is a fast and easy way to check whether cleaning has been carried out to a satisfactory standard by means of protein detection. In order to use the ALLTEC60 swabs, you will need a heat block calibrated to 55C +/- 1C with wells that can support 24mm x 1.5mm tubes. Best practice for calibration is to use a partial immersion thermometer or digital thermocouple thermometer, not a total immersion thermometer. By comparing the color of the swab and solution against the label, the user can easily interpret the results for the presence of allergens. 3M™ Clean-Trace™ Surface Protein (Allergen) Test Swab ALLTEC60 is validated for a range of allergenic proteins, including egg, milk, gluten, soy, peanut, almond and buckwheat. Refrigeration is not required since this can be stored at room temperature (25°C or 77°F). This easy-to-use device requires minimal training. Not intended for consumer use. With the unique swab-click-read format and easy-to-read color change technology, this simple method of checking for removal of protein residues after cleaning is very easy to use and implement in a busy production environment. The results are semi-quantitative with four possible color interpretations. The faster the test turns purple and the stronger the color change the higher the level of contamination on a surface. With the 3M™ Clean-Trace™ Surface Protein (Allergen) Test Swab ALLTEC60, monitoring allergens on surfaces and in hard to reach areas is simple with results in 15 minutes or less. Quick detection and confirmation allows immediate corrective action to take place. A visual reading of a color change indicates the level of cleanliness by detecting as little as 3µg of allergen on surfaces and in solution. No instrumentation is required to interpret the sample results. This product can be used with minimal training and is easily integrated into company HACCP programs to monitor for cleaning effectiveness. Additionally, its ease of use, reliable detection and fast, visible results can help in teaching staff the importance of cleaning.