|CONTACT: Rod Poland,
Director of Corporate Communications,
Neogen introduces a new sanitation monitoring system
LANSING, Mich., June 4, 2004 —
A new sanitation monitoring system is now available worldwide from
Neogen Corporation. Neogen’s new AccuPoint™ ATP Sanitation
Monitoring System puts the speed and convenience of ATP testing
in a rugged, but lightweight instrument that easily fits in the
palm of your hand—and it is available for less than one-half
of major competitors’ published prices.
ATP is an abbreviation for adenosine
triphosphate, a chemical compound found in all living matter, including
bacteria, food debris, yeast and mold. Much of the residue commonly
referred to as “dirt” is actually bits of living matter,
or matter that was once living. If you find residue, often not visible
to the naked eye, you will find ATP. If you find ATP, you find a
potential source for dangerous microscopic bacteria, such as E.
coli, Salmonella and Listeria, as well as yeast and mold, and other
bacteria that accelerate the spoilage of food.
“The AccuPoint ATP testing system
is another example of Neogen responding to the needs of the food
industry,” said Ed Bradley, Neogen’s vice president
of Food Safety Sales and Marketing. “AccuPoint is available
at a lower initial cost and is a more consistent, reliable system
that can be effectively operated by food industry professionals
with virtually no user variability. Results are available in just
20 seconds from the time the sample is taken.”
The AccuPoint system combines an advanced
hand-held instrument, unique sampling devices that are superior
to conventional swabs, and intuitive software for easy data tracking
and analysis. The design of AccuPoint’s sampling devices,
available for both surface and liquid applications, provides greater
sampling effectiveness and consistency. The samplers use a large
surface area sample pad and sturdy design to consistently collect
and detect potential sources of product contamination. The increased
pressure that can be applied with AccuPoint’s samplers make
them better able to penetrate surface crevasses, and break up existing
biofilms to capture previously undetected organisms. These organisms
include foodborne pathogens, which can lead to recalls or consumer
The AccuPoint system is backed by
Neogen’s unparalleled worldwide food safety service organization.
Recognizing that the food industry does not operate within the concept
of “normal business hours,” Neogen offers the industry’s
only 24-hour technical support through a special toll-free number.
Free training is available on all of Neogen’s testing products,
and help is available whenever it is needed. The system replaces
a product that Neogen formerly distributed only in North America.
Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG)
develops and markets products and services dedicated to food and
animal safety. The Company’s Food Safety Division markets
dehydrated culture media, and diagnostic test kits to detect foodborne
bacteria, natural toxins, genetic modifications, food allergens,
unique proteins, drug residues, plant diseases and sanitation concerns.
Neogen’s Animal Safety Division markets a complete line of
diagnostics, veterinary instruments, veterinary pharmaceuticals,
nutritional supplements, disinfectants, and rodenticides.
Certain portions of this news release that do not relate to historical
financial information constitute forward-looking statements. These
forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties.
Actual future results and trends may differ materially from historical
results or those expected depending on a variety of factors listed
in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition
and Results of Operations in the Company’s most recently filed