Surface Sampling Solutions

The environment is a principal source of microbiological contamination within a food processing facility. At the same time, in livestock farming, the environment can indicate whether a farm safety program is functioning as it should. Environmental testing has therefore become a crucial part of any food and feed safety program. 

Romer Labs offers a broad range of easy-to-use, sterile specimen collection and surface sampling kits for quality control and identification of hazards at critical control points.

Our solutions cover both

Cellulose Sponges for Food Production Applications

Dry and pre-moistened sterile cellulose sponges are convenient, ready-to-use products. They eliminate the costly and time-consuming steps of diluent preparation, sterilization and application to the sampling devices. They are designed to make sampling microbes from surfaces in food processing facilities and industrial settings more convenient. Sterility is guaranteed by exposing sampling products to irradiation. The use of different pre-moistening solutions enables a broad range of environmental and product (carcass) sampling applications.

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Sponge-Sticks

The Romer Labs Sponge-Stick is a 3″ x 1.5″ (7.5 cm x 3.5 cm) compressed cellulose sponge attached to a quick-release handle, pre-moistened with 10 ml buffer of choice and individually packaged in a vapor-barrier foil pouch or already in a sampling bag. The quick-release handle provides an extra level of convenience and reliability. It is designed to release the sponge into the sample bag after sample collection, allowing only the sponge to be returned to the laboratory. Unnecessary parts that could interfere with sample processing are therefore eliminated.

The product is available in three versions:

  • Sponge-Stick in vapor-barrier aluminum foil pouch for long shelf life with 2 years from production (includes also sterile Twirl-Tie™ bag; 24 oz 5.5" x 9")
  • Sponge-Stick placed in Twirl-Tie™ bag; with 9 months shelf life from production
  • Sponge-Stick with dry sponge placed in Twirl-Tie™ bag with 5 years shelf life from production
Item No. Product Quantity
In aluminum foil (incl. sterile Twirl-Tie™ bag)
10003700 Neutralizing buffer (NB) 75
10003698 Dey-Engley neutralizing broth (DE) 75
10003699 Letheen broth (LB) 75
10003697 Buffered peptone water (BPW) 75
In Twirl-Tie™ bag
10006157 Neutralizing buffer (NB) 100
10006265 Dey-Engley neutralizing broth (DE) 100
10006298 Letheen broth (LB) 100
10006267 Buffered peptone water (BPW) 100
10006300 Dry 100

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Sponge

The Romer Labs Sponge is a 3″ x 1.5″ (7.5 cm x 3.5 cm) cellulose sponge pre-moistened with 10 ml buffer of choice and individually packaged in a vapor-barrier foil pouch. The kit includes a 5.5”x 9” sterile Twirl-Tie™ bag with write-on label area and a pair of sterile plastic gloves packaged in an easy peel-open pouch.

Item No. Product Quantity
Sponge in Twirl-Tie™ bag
10006293 Neutralizing buffer (NB) 100
10006264 Dey-Engley neutralizing broth (DE) 100
10006299 Letheen broth (LB) 100
10006266 Buffered peptone water (BPW) 100
10006301 Dry 250
Sponge in Alu-foil
10001901 Neutralizing buffer (NB) 100
10001899 Dey-Engley neutralizing broth (DE) 100
10001900 Letheen broth (LB) 100
10001898 Buffered peptone water (BPW) 100
Kit (incl. Twirl-Tie™ bag & gloves)
10001895 Neutralizing buffer (NB) 50
10001893 Dey-Engley neutralizing broth (DE) 50
10001894 Letheen broth (LB) 50
10001892 Buffered peptone water (BPW) 50

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Sponge in Vial

The Sponge in Vial is  a 3″ x 1.5″ (7.5cm x 3.5cm) compressed cellulose sponge, pre-moistened with 10 ml buffer of choice and individually packaged in a 120-ml plastic screw-cap vial. It has a label attached for sample identification and 12 months shelf-life from production.

Item No. Product Quantity
Sponge in Vial
10003755 Neutralizing buffer (NB) 100
10003753 Dey-Engley neutralizing broth (DE) 100
10003754 Letheen broth (LB) 100
10003752 Buffered peptone water (BPW) 100

Environmental Sampling for Livestock Farming Applications

Salmonella and Campylobacter contamination of poultry and other livestock products is a worldwide concern. To reduce instances of contamination at farms, methods for monitoring Salmonella and Campylobacter contamination in livestock shelters, beginning with drag swab sampling, have been developed by the USDA-FSIS (Food Safety Inspection Service).

Alternative boot swabs are also used as stated in various EU regulations (e.g. Regulation of the Commission No. 2160/2003, 213/2009, 200/2010, 517/2011, 200/2012 and 1190/2012) to meet this objective.

Drag swab kits are sterile sampling devices used to sample poultry litter for pathogenic organisms such as Salmonella.

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Boot Cover Swabs 

The Romer Labs Sterile Boot Cover Swabs are 15 cm  x 15 cm cotton-polyester blend fabrics sewn in a sock shape with an integrated elastic band sewn into the top in order to aid in securing it to the boot. The boot cover swab is pre-moistened with either skim milk or buffered peptone water and packaged in a Twirl-Tie™ bag. The complete product is gamma radiated to ensure sterility.

They swab may be used in conjunction with a plastic boot cover if dedicated boots are not used.

Item No. Product Quantity
Boot Cover Swabs in 24 oz. (0.7 L) Twirl-Tie™ Bag, sterile 5.5" x 9" (14 x 23 cm)
10001906 pre-moistened with skim milk - single 100
10001910 pre-moistened with skim milk - pair 100
10001904 pre-moistened with BPW - single 100
10001907 pre-moistened with BPW - pair 100
10001905 dry - single 100
10001908 dry - pair 100
Boot Cover Swabs (according to EU Commission Regulation) in 55 oz. (1.62 L) Twirl-Tie™ Bag, sterile 7.5" x 12" (19 x 30 cm)
10001911 pre-moistened with BPW – pair 100
10001913 pre-moistened with BPW – 2 pairs 100
10001914 pre-moistened with BPW – 2 + 3 pairs 50
10006296 pre-moistened with skim milk – single 150
10006297 pre-moistened with skim milk – pair 100
Ready-to-Use Kits in Zipper Bags (according to EU Commission Regulation): Boot Cover Swabs in 55 oz. (1.62 L) Twirl-Tie™ Bag, steril 7.5" x 12" (19 x 30 cm)
+ 2 Plastic Boot Coves (Item No. 10004591) + 2 Gloves
10001912 pre-moistened with BPW – pair 50
10004588 pre-moistened with BPW – 2 pairs 50
10004590 pre-moistened with BPW – 2 + 3 pairs 50
10006305 pre-moistened with skim milk – pair 50
Plastic Boot Covers
10004591 Plastic boot cover with elastic band 200
10001917 Plastic boot cover (oversize) 50

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Fabric Swabs

Romer Labs fabric swabs, also known also swab cloths, are pre-moistened with 10 ml of your buffer of choice. The cloth is a blue, biocide-free, non-woven, wood-pulp/polyester fabric, measuring at 28 x 32 cm, folded twice and placed in a 55 oz., 7.5 x 12" (19 x 30 cm) Twirl-Tie™ bag. Bags can be opened easily with the attached pull-tabs and include a label area for sample identification. Like all microbial sampling products, they are irradiated for proven sterility.

Item No. Product Quantity
Fabric Swabs (according to EU Commission Regulation, 28 x 35 cm, ≥ 900 cm²) in 55 oz. (1.62 L) Twirl-Tie™ bag, sterile 7.5" x 12" (19 x 30 cm)
10004589 Fabric Swab pre-moistened with MRD 200
10006188 Fabric swab pre-moistened with Neutralizing Buffer (NB) 200

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Drag Swabs 

The cotton gauze or cellulose swabs are packaged in foil pouches in different formats for preference choice. Available are:

10002371 - Single sterile 12-ply 4″ x 4″ cotton gauze swabs, pre-moistened with double-strength skim milk, attached to approximately 6 ft. string, and enclosed in a tear-open, vapor barrier foil pouch

10002373 - Single sterile 12-ply 4″ x 4″ cotton gauze swabs, pre-moistened with double-strength skim milk, and enclosed in a tear-open vapor barrier foil pouch.

10002374 - Three sterile 12-ply 4″ x 4″ cotton gauze swabs, pre-moistened with double-strength skim milk, enclosed in a tear open, vapor barrier foil pouch.

10002377 - As an alternative to cotton gauze a cellulose sponge may be employed. Specimens are collected in the same manner using the cotton swab. These sponges are pre-moistened with double-strength skim milk and packaged in a tear-open, vapor barrier foil pouch. They are also attached to a string of approximately 6 ft.

10002378 - Single sterile 12-ply 4″ x 4″ cotton gauze swabs (pre-moistened with double strength skim milk) attached to a string approximately six ft. in length and packaged in a shatterproof 120 ml screw cap vial. After sampling, the gauze swab is returned to its plastic vial, labeled, and transported to the laboratory for analysis.

Item No. Product Quantity
Drag Swabs
10002371 Drag Swabs - cotton gauze moistened in skim milk 100
10002373 Swabs - cotton gauze moistened in skim milk (no string) 100
10002374 Swabs - cotton gauze moistened in skim milk (no string, 3 per foil) 100
10002377 Drag Swabs - cellulose sponge moistened in skim milk 100
10002378 Drag Swabs - cotton gauze moistened in skim milk (in vial) 100
Miscellaneous Environmental Sampling Products
10003780 100 cm2 template packaged in re-closable bag 100
10003786 50 cm2 template packaged in re-closable bag 100
10002795 Co-polymer gloves size XL packaged in peel open pouch 50 pairs
10001883 18 oz. (0.5 L) Twirl-Tie™ bag, sterile 4.5" x 9" 100
10001884 24 oz. (0.7 L) Twirl-Tie™ bag, sterile 5.5" x 9" 100
10001886 55 oz. (1.62 L) Twirl-Tie™ bag, sterile 7.5" x 12" 500

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