Swabs

An extensive range of swabs available, with a choice of shaft and tip designs accompanied with Amies clear, or Amies Charcoal transport media in a vacuum sealed peel pouch.

All the swabs have a two year shelf life and are Gamma Irradiated to ensure a SAL of at least 10 -6.

Swabs

Plain swabs: wooden-, wire-, aluminium- plastic stick in tube or pouch

Transport Swabs

Amies Clear or Amies Charcoal
Viral & Chlamydia Swabs

Evironmental & Hygiene Samplings Swabs

With or without neutralising buffer in tube
Enviroswab, superior for Listeria and Salmonella recovery
Hydrasponge
Envirosponge
Spongesicle
Cattle/Swine kit
Poultry Rinse
Rediswab
Extend-a-sicle
Plain swabs

A wide range of swabs are available with a choice of swab shafts including white birch wood, polypropylen (flexible) and polystyrene (breakable) , fine aluminium wire, fine steel twisted wire and plasticised kraft paper. The shaft tips are formed from cotton, alginate, pure viscose, pure dacron and range from the standard size to mini tip.

Key Benefits

Swabs are available in a variety of packaging, including peel pouch, multi packs or tubes.
Round bottom tubes to avoid sharp edges and for easy racking.
Inert tip

Transport swabs

An extensive range of swabs available, with a choice of shaft and tip designs accompanied with Amies clear, or Amies Charcoal transport media in a vacuum sealed peel pouch.

Key Benefits

Colour coded caps for easy recognition.
Longer cap for improved control.
Design of cap prevents media from drying or leaking.
Secure grip prevents swab from falling out of the handle.
Labelled tube with lot number and expiration date.
Round bottom tubes to avoid sharp edges and for easy racking.
Generous amount of media.
Inert tip permits good sample retrieval.

Evironmental & Hygiene Samplings Swabs

bioTRADING serves the requirements of the Food and Pharmaceutical industries for microbial environmental sampling and testing.

Tubes with or without neutralising buffer

Tubes without neutralising buffer

We offer a range of dry swabs in tubes or pouches designed for environmental sampling.
Each product is lot numbered and a Certificate of Irradiation is available on request.
Tubes with neutralising buffer
Surface sampling swab kits are provided as a single peel pack containing a sealed tube with neutralising buffer and a capped swab. The surface to be sampled can be tested using the swab dry or premoistened from the buffer in the tube. The sampling template can be used to provide an accurately defined 100 cm² sampling area, allowing for the assessment of colony forming units per cm². Two types are provided:

Pure Dacron is totally synthetic fibre. The tip is heat treated to ensure adherence to the shaft whilst in the buffer.

Alginate fibre will dissolve in the buffer allowing release of the organism collected onto the swab during sampling.

Enviroswab, superior for Listeria and Salmonella recovery

The enviroswab has been designed for swabbing all types of surfaces in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. The enviroswab is designed to increase the recovery level of microorganisms whether it is used as part of a HACCP program or for general microbiological monitoring.

Key benefits

A large swab head and a shaped tip to sample form crevices means efficient collection of organisms from plant and equipment surfaces.
A flexible plastic stem allows swabbing of difficult to access areas in and around production equipment.
The specially formulated transport medium contained in every enviroswab maximizes the survival of damaged or stressed microorganisms.
The pre-enrichment and incubation steps can be performed in the enviroswab tube itself, thus reducing manipulations, saving time, and improving laboratory safety.
A safety closure on the cap with a tab for easy removal, guarantees sterility before use. The swab can be easily re-sealed for transport.
Superior for Listeria and Salmonella recovery

Hydrasponge

Avoid the hassle of preparing media, with the HydraSponge™, a pre-moistened sponge in a sterile sample bag. There is nothing to make or add - just open the bag and wipe. HydraSponge™ comes pre-hydrated with your choice of 10ml of Neutralising Buffer, Letheen Broth or Buffered Peptone Water. The durable, cellulose, 1.5 x 3” sponge is biocide-free to maintain organism viability. The sturdy sponge is designed for scrubbing large surface areas. Choose from a leak resistant 18 or 50 oz sample bag with wire closures and a printed write-on label for easy sample identification.

Key Features

Pre-hydrated with 10 ml of Neutralizing Buffer, Letheen Broth or Buffered Peptone Water
Sturdy sponge made for scrubbing large surface areas
Biocide-free cellulose sponge maintains organism viability
Packed in a write-on label sample bag with wire closures
Available with or without sterile gloves
Gamma irradiated to ensure a high level of sterility
One year shelf life from date of manufacture
Collect environmental samples or do HACCP carcass sampling

Envirosponge

EnviroSponge™ is widely used by the food, nutraceutical and cosmetic industries for collection of environmental samples as well as for HACCP carcass sampling. Use dry or hydrated with a RediTube™. The 1.5 x 3” sponge is biocide-free to maintain organism viability and is designed for scrubbing large surface areas. Each sponge comes in a leak resistant, 18 oz sample bag with wire closures and a printed write-on label for easy sample identification. To collect a sample with the EnviroSponge™, begin by moistening the sponge with a RediTube™ in your choice of 10 ml Neutralizing Buffer, D/E Neutralizing Broth, Buffered Peptone Water, Letheen Broth or Maximum Recovery Diluent (MRD).

Key Features

Use dry or hydrate with a 10 ml RediTube™
Packed in a write-on label sample bag with wire closures
Available with or without sterile gloves
Gamma irradiated to ensure a high level of sterility
Sponge sturdy enough for scrubbing large surface areas
Biocide-free cellulose sponge maintains organism viability
Collect environmental samples or do HACCP carcass sampling

Spongesicle
Now you can sample a surface without directly holding a sponge! SpongeSicle merges a sturdy, pre-hydrated sponge with a convenient plastic handle to create a revolutionary type of sampling product that reaches high ceilings, down drains and around equipment. Available dry or pre-hydrated with 10 ml of Neutralising Buffer the durable, cellulose, 1.5 x 3” sponge is folded over the handle and is biocide-free to maintain organism viability.

The handle is blue for better visibility and has a built-in thumb-stop to reduce the chance of incidental sponge contact.

Key Features

Choose dry or pre-hydrated sponge
Bright blue break-away handle
Biocide-free cellulose sponge maintains organism viability
Packed in a write-on label sample bag with wire closures
Available with or without sterile gloves
Gamma irradiated to ensure a high level of sterility
One year shelf life from date of manufacture

Cattle/Swine Kit

Gives you the supplies to take 15 samples and includes envirosponges with gloves, USDA 100 templates and megareg 25.

Key Features

Purchase complete kits to collect 15 samples or individual items for cost effectiveness.
USDA Templates designed for beef, swine or turkey.
Choose megareg 25 with Butterfield’s Buffer for E. Coli testing or Buffered Peptone Water for Salmonella testing.
Poultry Rinse
Choose from the Bird Rinse 400 with 400 ml of buffer for chicken rinsing or the Turkey Rinse 600 with 600 ml of buffer for turkey rinsing. Both come with sterile gloves. Choose Butterfield's Buffer for E.coli testing or Buffered Peptone Water for Salmonella testing. The lightweight, PET plastic bottle resists breaking while providing the clarity of glass and has an easy-to-grip handle. Our bottles are gamma irradiated, rather than sterile filled, to ensure a high level of sterility and long shelf life.

Rinse Bag: The 3 mil thick bags are strong enough to support a whole bird and withstand the repeated rocking of sample collection. Unlike traditional poultry bags, ours feature a sealed top for added sterility protection and perforations for easy opening. Choose from our 15x20” Bird Rinse Bag for chicken rinsing or our 30x37” Turkey Rinse Bag for turkey rinsing.

Key Features

Poultry rinses available in 400 ml for chicken rinsing and 600 ml for turkey rinsing
Choose Butterfield's Buffer for E.coli testing or Buffered Peptone Water for Salmonella testing
Strong, lightweight, PET plastic bottle resists breaking while providing the clarity of glass
Bottles have an easy-to-grip handle
Poultry rinses have a 12 month shelf life from date of manufacture
Bird rinse bags are 3 mil thick and have a sealed top with perforations to ensure sterility
Poultry rinses and rinse bags are gamma irradiated for the highest level of sterility

Rediswab

Rediswab is a screw-cap polypropylene tube filled with your choice of enrichment broth or neutralising solution. Pre-measured fill volumes allow for qualitative or quantitative use. Additionally, you can perform dilutions in the tube or run multiple tests with our larger fill volumes. The lid of the tube has an attached Dacron tipped swab for easy sampling. The 16x115 mm tube stands alone or fits into a standard test tube rack. Ample headspace allows for effective vortexing to help release organisms from the Dacron tip. Our swabs are gamma irradiated rather than sterile filled ensuring a high level of sterility, without refrigeration, for a full year shelf life from the date of manufacture. To collect a sample with rediswab, twist the cap and remove the swab from the tube. Rub swab across sample surface several times, reversing directions. Return the swab to the tube and tighten cap. Rediswab is now ready to send to the laboratory for analysis.

Key Features

Choose from four different enrichment broths or neutralizing solutions
Pre-measured fill volumes allow for qualitative or quantitative use
Stands alone or fits in a standard test tube rack
Ample headspace for effective vortexing
Gamma irradiated rather than sterile filled
One year shelf life from date of manufacture

Extend-a-sicle
Extend-a-Sicle, the extension device which makes reaching remote areas such as ceilings, ventilation grills, the top of equipment and inside tanks safe and easy. The Extend-a-Sicle includes an 8 ft telescoping pole made of sturdy aluminum and an autoclavable SpongeSicle holder. Extend-a-Sicle saves time and improves worker safety by eliminating the need to collect samples using a ladder. It also minimizes the bending and stretching usually associated with collecting samples from ceilings and drains.

Key Features

8 ft telescoping pole
Includes autoclavable SpongeSicle holder
Made of lightweight sturdy aluminum

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