FreshCheck by Christeyns Food Hygiene


FreshCheck, a patented formulation exclusively distributed by Christeyns Food Hygiene, is a unique hygiene verification test that reveals the presence of viable bacterial populations and organic soiling on food contact and preparation surfaces in a matter of seconds, via a colour-change method.

Tested by Campden BRI, FreshCheck has proven to be effective at revealing the presence of low levels of both pathogenic and spoilage bacteria including Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella typhimurium. It takes 30 seconds to provide a qualitative presence (or absence) of contamination, covering a 5x5cm area in one spray.

Peter Littleton, Technical Director at Christeyns Food Hygiene, commented: “This is a very exciting product to work with, the new technology has applications in food service and retail as well as processing and manufacturing. We are also working in partnership to develop other ways in which FreshCheck could be used.”

Company Profile

Christeyns Food Hygiene provide expertly designed products and services that ensure compliance with procedures, legislation and industry codes of practice. The company is based in Warrington, Cheshire and employs 66 staff. It is part of the Christeyns UK group of companies, whose headquarters are in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

The product is applied onto a clean, dry surface and the original blue colour of the liquid changes if any contaminants are still on the surface in question. This can be measured against the colour-test guide on the product packaging. The result is immediate and thorough, as proven in testing carried out by Campden BRI. Specifically, testing found that L. Monocytogenes at a very low number of organisms per 25cm2


up quite clearly with FreshCheck, as did Salmonella at the same contamination level.

Company Contact 01925 234 696

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Jon Day, Site Manager at early FreshCheck adopter Ichiban UK, added: “FreshCheck is a novel, innovative and user-friendly way for hygiene professionals to instantly verify the effectiveness of the cleaning regime, as well as being an ideal tool for training hygiene operatives in the areas they need to focus on. It is a very powerful addition to the arsenal of a Hygiene Manager.”

With its ease of use, rapid qualitative identification of bacterial populations and a low cost per test, FreshCheck offers a new alternative in the management and control of bacterial food safety.

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