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 (# SH10) with 2 years from production (includes also sterile twirl-tie bag; 24 oz 5.5" x 9")
  • Sponge-Stick placed in twirl-tie bag (# SHPB10) with 9 months shelf life from production
  • Sponge-Stick with dry sponge (# SHPB10DRY) placed in twirl-tie bag with 5 years shelf life from production

 

 

Item No. Product Quantity
In aluminum foil (incl. sterile twirl-tie bag)
# SH10NB Neutralizing buffer (NB) 100
# SH10DE Dey-Engley neutralizing broth (DE) 100
# SH10LB Letheen broth (LB) 100
# SH10BPW Buffered peptone water (BPW) 100
# SH10NBPW Neutralizing buffered peptone water (nBPW) 100
# SH10PBP Butterfield’s phosphate buffer (BPB) 100
In twirl-tie bag
# SHPB10NB Neutralizing buffer (NB) 100
# SHPB10DE Dey-Engley neutralizing broth (DE) 100
# SHPB10LB Letheen broth (LB) 100
# SHPB10BPW Buffered peptone water (BPW) 100
# SHPB10NBPW Neutralizing buffered peptone water (nBPW) 100
# SHPB10BPB Butterfield’s phosphate buffer (BPB) 100
# SH10DRY 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 (BS02) includes a 5.5”x 9” sterile twirl-tie lab sample 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 only
# BS10NB Neutralizing buffer (NB) 100 (Kit: 50)
# BS10DE Dey-Engley neutralizing broth (DE) 100 (Kit: 50
# BS10LB Letheen broth (LB) 100 (Kit: 50)
# BS10BPW Buffered peptone water (BPW) 100 (Kit: 50)
# BS10NBPW Neutralizing buffered peptone water (nBPW 100 (Kit: 50)
# BS10BPB Butterfield’s phosphate buffer (BPB) 100 (Kit: 50)
# CV1001 Dry (in twirl-tie bag) 100 (Kit: 50)
Kit (incl. twirl-tie bag & gloves)
# BS02NB Neutralizing buffer (NB) 100 (Kit: 50)
# BS02DE Dey-Engley neutralizing broth (DE) 100 (Kit: 50)
# BS02LB Letheen broth (LB) 100 (Kit: 50)
# BS02BPW Buffered peptone water (BPW) 100 (Kit: 50)
# BS10NBPW Neutralizing buffered peptone water (nBPW) 100 (Kit: 50)
# BS02BPB Butterfield’s phosphate buffer (BPB) 100 (Kit: 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
# SV10NB Neutralizing buffer (NB) 100 (Kit: 50)
# SV10DE Dey-Engley neutralizing broth (DE) 100 (Kit: 50)
# SV10LB Letheen broth (LB) 100 (Kit: 50)
# SV10BPW Buffered peptone water (BPW) 100 (Kit: 50)
# SV10NBPW Neutralizing buffered peptone water (nBPW) 100 (Kit: 50)
# SV10PBP Butterfield’s phosphate buffer (BPB) 100 (Kit: 50)

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 lab bag. The complete product is gamma radiated to ensure sterility.

The 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)
# BTSW001SM pre-moistened with skim milk - single 100
# BTSW022SM pre-moistened with skim milk - pair 100
# BTSW001BPW pre-moistened with BPW - single 100
# BTSW022BPW pre-moistened with BPW - pair 100
# BTSW001DRY dry - single 100
# BTSW022DRY dry - pair 100
Boot Cover Swabs in 55 oz. (1.62 L) Twirl-Tie Bag, steril 7.5" x 12" (19 x 30 cm)
# BTSW200BPW pre-moistened with BPW – pair 100
# BTSW401BPW pre-moistened with BPW – 2 pairs 100
# BTSW460BPW pre-moistened with BPW – 2 + 3 pairs 50
Plastic Boot Covers
# BTSWPBC Plastic boot cover with elastic band 200
# C14091WA Plastic boot cover (oversize) 50

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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:

DS001 - 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

DS001HL - 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.

DS001HL3 - 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.

DS002 - 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.

DS004 - 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
# DS001 Drag Swabs - cotton gauze moistened in skim milk 100
# DS001HL Swabs - cotton gauze moistened in skim milk (no string) 100
# DS001HL3 Swabs - cotton gauze moistened in skim milk (no string, 3 per foil) 100
# DS002 Drag Swabs - cellulose sponge moistened in skim milk 100
# DS004 Drag Swabs - cotton gauze moistened in skim milk (in vial) 100
Miscellaneous Environmental Sampling Products
# T100 100 cm2 template packaged in re-closable bag 100
# T50 50 cm2 template packaged in re-closable bag 100
# GL002 Co-polymer gloves size XL packaged in peel open pouch 50
# BG18 18 oz. (0.5 L) twirl tie sample bag, sterile 4.5" x 9" 100
# BG24 24 oz. (0.7 L) twirl tie sample bag, sterile 5.5" x 9" 100

Product availability may vary by country, please contact us for more information.
 

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