The novel MicroSnap test for Coliform and E. coli from Hygiena has been certified by the AOAC Research Institute’s Performance Tested Methods℠ Program. MicroSnap is a novel rapid detection systems based on the utilisation of specific substrates linked to a light emitting reaction. It is claimed to be the only microbiology test to give results in 8 hours or less using a simple, low cost, portable, instrument platform.

Certification by the AOAC Research Institute means that customers can use the test with confidence knowing that all claims are independently verified against strict validation criteria and international reference methods. The rapid results enable food and beverage processors to get actionable information in the same working day or shift that enable cost savings and increased productivity through faster risk assessment and positive release of sensitive products.

MicroSnap’s performance was certified to measure both Coliform and E. coli in a wide range of products including raw and cooked meat and fish, milk, mineral water and ready-to-eat products such as sandwiches and green salad leaves. MicroSnap can be applied to many other products and the integrated swab provides a simple application for testing solid surfaces.

MicroSnap is certified to give a quantitative result after 6 hours and enumerates the bacteria in the range 100 – 10,000/g. Results can also be achieved in 3 – 6 hours depending on the desired specification. The test also gives presence/absence results in 8 hours i.e. <10/g for solid foods and <1 per 100ml for water.

The large dynamic range of the test reduces the need for serial dilutions thus saving the time and cost of sample preparation required for the conventional microbiology. MicroSnap’s simple convenient test format uses a liquid broth that enables every viable bacteria to be detected thus giving a more precise result than colony counting methods.

Other tests in the MicroSnap range include Total Viable Count and newly developed tests include Enterobacteriacaea and Listeria. All tests are performed on the EnSURE instrument which is also capable of measuring adenosine triphosphate (ATP) for hygiene monitoring at both standard and high sensitivity formats, and together with another enzyme specific test (ZymoSnap), acts as process monitors for both the diary and meat industries.

An instructional demonstration of MicroSnap Coliform & E. coli testing may be found on Hygiena’s YouTube page at  or view the video directly at

For further information and free trial samples, please contact :

Hygiena International Ltd
Unit 11
Wenta Business Centre
Colne Way
WD24 7ND

Tel: 01923 818821
Fax: 01923 818825 


Further Information



Hygiena is a microbiology and life science company that serves industrial food and beverage processors, healthcare institutions, sanitation suppliers, and life science researchers. Hygiena manufactures and sells a broad range of rapid monitoring systems, environmental collection devices, and rapid dilution devices. Hygiena is committed to the mission of providing customers with innovative technologies that are simple, easy to use, and reliable, with excellent customer service and support. All products are made under strict GMP standards, ensuring excellent product quality and reliability. With offices in the US, UK, China, India, and over 100 distributors worldwide, Hygiena products span the globe. For more information visits

AOAC Research Institute

AOAC Research Institute is a division of AOAC International, a globally recognized, independent, not for profit association based in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Since 1992 the Research Institute has been striving to serve as a global provider of a complete range of products and services needed for the rapid validation and conformity assessment of commercial and analytical methods. (


Hygiena Company Information



Building on >30 years of manufacturing experience in ATP bioluminescence, the company continues to innovate to develop simple rapid detection products and solutions for its customers.

Hygiena’s market leading qualities of proven high performance, repeatability and cost effectiveness have made it the system for choice for many leading blue chip companies around the world.

1st liquid stable ATP detection reagent (1999)

1st universal ATP reagent swab device (2000)

1st truly portable low cost ATP Hygiene monitoring system (SystemSURE, 2003; improved 2006)

Independently verified and proven to give the best performance (2006, 2010, 2011)

Business award recognition in several industries

>25,000 systems sold

Range of simple colour hygiene tests

New test platform for 21st Century
New EnSURE instrument (2011)
- More sensitive reagent (SuperSnap) supporting allergen control
- Detection of microbes and specific bacteria in less than 8 hours (MicroSnap)
- Detection of process indicators in minutes (ZymoSnap)

Hygiena’s mission is to supply products that deliver simplicity, convenience, excellent performance and value for money, backed-up by expert knowledge with first class service and support.