Environment Testing Solutions

Clearly, at this critical time, product safety and HACCP are as important as they have ever been, and in the current pandemic, food and beverage companies, retailers, public health authorities and other businesses are seeking solutions to monitor the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in their environments.

Studies have shown that in some conditions SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) can remain viable on common surfaces, such as that used for food packaging, for up to 28 days1. The virus may be transmitted when a healthy person touches contaminated food or environmental contact surfaces (including packaging materials), and then shortly afterwards, touches their eyes, mouth, or nose.

Proper cleaning, surveillance, and the prevention of cross-contamination are critical in the control of foodborne illnesses. The application of sound principles of environmental sanitation, personal hygiene and established food safety practices will reduce the likelihood that harmful pathogens including SARS-CoV-2 will threaten the safety of the food supply, regardless of how the food is sourced.

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Free webinar recording: Impact of new SARS-CoV-2 test method validations in the fight against COVID-19 in the food industry

Originally hosted by Select Science on April 20, 2021.

Listen to Danièle Sohier, senior manager, global scientific affairs – food production at Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Pat Bird, technical consultant at AOAC International, as they discuss the methods available to monitor SARS-CoV-2 in food production environments.

  • SARS-CoV-2 detection for environmental monitoring to leverage a risk analysis and an appropriate hygiene intervention strategy
  • Aspects of the decision process for selecting a detection workflow
  • An overview of the AOAC Emergency Validation Response to support food business operators
  • All webinar participants can request a certificate of attendance, including a learning outcomes summary, for continuing education purposes.

Detection of SAR-CoV-2 from food packaging and environmental monitoring

Environment testing solutions




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Surface sampling


Thermo Scientific™ MicroTest™ Flocked Swab Kits

Pack of 100 swabs


Swabs with synthetic tip and aluminum or plastic shaft (preferably large macrofoam tipped applicator)



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Transport medium

Thermo Scientific™ Phosphate Buffered Saline

24 x 20 mLBO0971G
100 tablets, each for 100 mLBR0014G




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Medium to high throughput automated sample preparation

Thermo Scientific™ KingFisher™ Flex Purification System, with 96 Deep-well Head





KingFisher™ Deep-Well 96 Plate, V-bottom50 x 96-well plates95040450
KingFisher™ Flex 96 Deep-Well Heating Block1 block24075430
KingFisher™ 96 tip comb for DW magnetsCase of 10097002534

Low to medium throughout automated sample preparation

Thermo Scientific™ KingFisher™ mL SystemInstrument5400050C
Applied Biosystems™ KingFisher™ mL Food Protection Purification System Tubes & Tips240 tests15951
KingFisher™ mL Food Protection Purification System Tube Rack1 rack15952

Manual sample preparation

Invitrogen™ DynaMag™-2 Magnet

1 each


Nucleic acid extraction reagents for use with automated and manual extraction methods

Applied Biosystems™ PrepSEQ™ Nucleic Acid Extraction Kit for Food and Environmental Testing

300 preparations4428176
100 preparations4480466




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Master Mix

Thermo Scientific™ RNA UltraSense™ One-Step Quantitative RT-PCR System

100 reactions


Total RNA Control (Human)100 µL4307281
Use/Purpose-TaqMan® PCR AssayTaqMan 2019nCoV Assay Kit v 1: A47532
2019-nCoV (ORF1ab Assay, FAM dye, 20X75 µL
2019-nCoV (S protein) Assay, FAM dye, 20X75 µL
2019-nCoV (N protein) Assay, FAM dye, 20X75 µL
RNase P Assay, VIC dye, 20X250 µL
Synthetic positive control for assay performance verificationTaqMan® 2019-nCoV Control Kit v1 2019nCoV DNA Control (covering Gene Orf-1ab, Gene S protein and Gene N protein, RNase P)50 µL
(concentration 1 x 104 copies /µL)

Real-Time PCR and data analysis

Applied Biosystems™ QuantStudio™ 5 Food Safety Real-Time PCR System (96-well, 0.1mL Block)

Includes: Applied Biosystems™ QuantStudio™ Design and Analysis Software v1.5.1 or later and Thermo Scientific™ RapidFinder™ Analysis Software v.1.0 or later

System with laptop computer


Applied Biosystems™ 7500 Fast Food Safety Real-Time PCR System

Includes: Applied Biosystems™ 7500 Fast Instrument, RapidFinder™ Express v2.0 and SDS 1.4 or later software

System with laptop computer


The QuantStudio 5 and 7500 Food Safety Fast Real-Time PCR Systems recommended for use in the detection of SARS-CoV-2 when testing samples from food, packaging and the environment are also suitable for running tests for a broad range of other targets important to food safety and environmental testing. Detect foodborne pathogens using the Thermo Scientific™ SureTect™ Food Pathogen Detection System and benefit from simple, streamlined workflows and increased accuracy to confidently target Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli O157 and other STEC, Campylobacter, Cronobacter, Vibrio and Staphylococcus aureus.

Users will also have the capability to run other real-time PCR tests, including those in our portfolio for GMOs, animal species, Legionella and bio-threat organisms.

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1.       Riddell, S., Goldie, S., Hill, A. et al. The effect of temperature on persistence of SARS-CoV-2 on common surfaces. Virol J 17, 145 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12985-020-01418-7