Disinfection Control for Food & Beverage Testing

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Attention to hygiene during the manufacture of food and beverage products is paramount due to the ever-present risk of dangerous microorganisms that can cause foodborne illness by infection or intoxication.

Equally thorough disinfection control testing of filling and processing equipment must also be conducted to ensure that disinfectant residues do not remain and subsequently contaminate the final food and beverage products.

Cleaning process and disinfection control for food manufacturing

Figure 1. Disinfection control to prevent contamination at a food processor

Demands for improved food and beverage safety is leading to more frequent In-process disinfection control testing that risk slowing production and increasing operating costs.

We continue to develop efficient, sensitive, and compliant disinfection control testing solutions based on our Supelco® analytical reagents and Millipore® biomonitoring tools expertise.

Explore some of the industry-leading products used in food and beverage in-process control testing and contact us for in depth consultation of your disinfection control challenge.


Semi-quantitative disinfectant testing

MQuant® Test Strips

MQuant® Test strips are pocket-sized laboratories for quick and simple analyses of chemical disinfectant parameters to ensure the safety of your production line after disinfection.

Chemical Range mg/L Test
Chlorine 0.5-20 75
Chlorine 25-500 100
Formaldehyde 10-100 100
Peracetic acid 5-50 100
Peracetic acid 20-160 100
Peracetic acid 100-500 100
Peracetic acid 500-2000 100
Peroxide 0.5-25 25/100
Peroxide 1-100 100
Peroxide 100-1000 100
Quaternary ammonium compounds 10-500 100

Digital value readout and data storage now available with the MQuant® StripScan app for selected test strips. Find our application notes with instructions on sample preparation for in-process control of disinfection.

Reflectoquant® System

The RQflex® 20 Reflectometer is an economical mobile laboratory to perform critical analyses in the fields of agriculture, food, beverages, or water analysis, as well as during disinfection control. Reflectoquant® peracetic acid test strips are suited for the selective determination of the peracetic acid concentration in aqueous solutions and to check for the absence of peracetic acid after rinsing processes, also in cases in which hydrogen peroxide is present.

Spectroquant® Move Instruments

A robust portable handheld colorimeter for rapid on-site analyses with reliable results for disinfection control: no matter what or where you need to test - our Spectroquant® Move instruments offer dependable in-process testing results for a broad range of pre-programmed parameters with an independent instrument.


Reliable in-process microbial testing

Ready-to-Use Agar Media

For monitoring the efficiency of disinfection routines, proven methods and easy-to-use testing solutions are available for even surfaces, curved surfaces as well as difficult to access areas.

Contact Plates for Personnel and Surface Monitoring

Our ready-to-use contact plates can be used for environmental monitoring of surfaces in critical clean rooms and isolators (ICR series) as well as in non-critical areas (RT series).

Surface & Personnel Monitoring with HYCON® Contact Slides

The unique design of HYCON® contact slides allows easy and flexible microbial testing on flat, curved or irregular surfaces making them a universal tool ideally suited to the production environment found in food and beverage production.

Swabs & Dip Slides for Difficult to Access Areas

Available for heterotrophic plate count (HPC), yeast & mold, & coliforms. Just add a small sample of liquid to the pre-sterilized sampler or wipe a surface of interest with the swab. Stable at room temperature for storage and incubation.

Envirocheck® Dip Slides for Disinfection Control

Envirocheck® Dip Slides provide semi-quantitative detection of microorganisms on surfaces and in liquids. The flexible paddles, coated with relevant nutrient media, allow for sampling on all surface types. After sampling and incubation, two parameters can be determined in one easy step.

Rapid Surface Monitoring of ATP, NAD or Protein

Combined with traditional methods, rapid testing solutions based on ATP, NAD or protein detection match perfectly and conveniently to fulfill your overall surface hygiene and disinfection control efficiency testing.

Radiation, Steam, and Autoclave Sterilization Process Validation

Validate your sterilization process using convenient bioindicator spore strips, Sterikon® plus bioindicator and sterilization tape.


Disinfection control analytical reference standards

Disinfection By-Products Standards

Verification of chemical residues in disinfection controls relies on precision analytical reference standards. This is a critical step for in-process testing for food and beverage production in general, and of particular importance in validation of organic food handling. Search our complete library of disinfection reference standards


Contact Us About Disinfection Control Products


Surface Monitoring - Traditional methods
Hycon® contact slides Full list of available contact slides here  
Liquids, Surface & Personnel monitoring: Swabs & Dip Slides Full list of available swabs & dip slides here  
Environmental monitoring isolation of Enterobacteriaceae MacConkey Cont. A.-RT acc. EP  
Detection of Staphylococcus aureus ReadyPlate CT Baird-Parker ISO6888  
Environmental monitoring enumeration of yeast and moulds ReadyPlate CT DG 18 Agar ISO 21527  
Environmental monitoring, detection of Enterobacteriaceae ReadyPlate CT VRBG Agar ISO21528  
Envirocheck™ dip slides Cult Dip Combi 1007780001  
Envirocheck™ dip slides  Contact C 1021360001  
Envirocheck™ dip slides Contact DC 1021470001  
Envirocheck™ dip slides Contact E 1021370001  
Envirocheck™ dip slides Contact TVC 1021490001  
Envirocheck™ dip slides Contact YM® 1021390001  
Surface Monitoring - Rapid
MVP Icon® 78300BC  
MVP Surface Sampling Device 64003-100  
HY-RiSE® Colour hygiene test strips 1312000001  
FLASH® Allergen-Indicator Protein Test 63003-100  
Radiation, Steam, and Autoclave Sterilization Process Validation
Sterility Indicator (Radiation Sterilization) 05290-25TESTS-F  
Sterility Indicator (Steam Sterilization) 74041-25TESTS-F  
Sterikon® plus Bioindicator 110274001 & 1102740002  
BRAND® sterilization indicator tape BR61750-1ROLL  
Microbial Air Monitoring
RCS® High Flow Touch (Hand-held Microbial Air Sampler ) 1441940001  
RCS® Compressed Gas Adapter (Autoclave-able adapter for RCS Air Samplers ) 1442570001  
HYCON® Agar Strips (Media for RCS® Microbial Air Samplers) See full list of HYCON® agar strips here  
MAS-100 Eco® air sampler 1092270001  
MAS-100 CG® Ex Compressed gas microbial air sampler 1093270001  
MAS-100 NT® Ex (Microbial air sampler for hazardous environments ) 1093270001  
LI Settle Plates See full list of LI Settle plates here  
Microbiology Services for Food & Beverages https://www.sigmaaldrich.com/technical-documents/articles/microbiology/food-services.html  
Environmental monitoring services https://www.sigmaaldrich.com/technical-documents/articles/microbiology/environmental-monitoring-services.html