Are you testing surfaces for gluten?
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that your facility has an Allergen Control Plan to manage gluten and/or other allergens.
And if you have an Allergen Control Plan — then you’re probably testing surfaces for gluten.
The big question is: how do you know if your cleaning program works?
The FDA doesn’t explicitly require testing for trace allergens on surfaces, but it does require facilities to confirm that their cleaning procedures are effective and consistent.
This means that a facility must validate their cleaning program, AKA prove that the program will successfully clean the area in question. Then they must verify that they’ve run the cleaning program every time it’s necessary to do so. As the saying goes: if you didn’t document it, it didn’t happen.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to designing a validation study — the study must fit the risk profile of the environment. A facility that works with both gluten-free and gluten-full products will have a different set of needs than one that’s a strictly gluten-free. A beverage manufacturer will have different needs than a bakery, which will have different needs than a location making beef jerky.
In all cases, a kit like GlutenTox Pro Surface can be immensely helpful. Quick, easy, and sensitive, it can alert you to traces of gluten on surfaces including stainless steel, rubber, wood, and ceramic.
Why GlutenTox Pro Surface?
GlutenTox Pro Surface is highly specific, binding to the gluten protein that is so problematic for those with Celiac Disease. It’s also highly sensitive, with a negative testing indicating a food prepared on the surface would have no detectable gluten in it.
If you need to test your products, ingredients, or rinsewater, you may prefer to explore the classic GlutenTox Pro.