PerkinElmer, Inc., a global leader committed to innovating for a healthier world, today introduced two COVID-19 environmental testing kits to help food processors and contract labs detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces in food plants such as plastic, ceramic and stainless steel.
Though person-to-person transmission is understood as the primary way of spreading the virus, COVID-19 has also been shown to remain stable on environmental surfaces for up to several days. It is therefore important for food processors to know if the virus is present on surfaces so they can adjust their on-site hygiene and cleaning protocols in order to help maintain a safe operating environment.
Both PerkinElmer COVID-19 kits are designed to detect the presence of the virus in samples that have been collected by swabbing surfaces such as plastic, ceramic, or stainless steel.
The new kits join other PerkinElmer environmental surface testing solutions for food processors for Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria as well as an overall portfolio of food sample safety and quality testing solutions spanning across content, mycotoxins, pesticides, foodborne pathogens, heavy metals and adulteration.
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