Environment Testing Solutions

Coronaviruses have been shown to survive (remain viable) on different surfaces, for up to nine days1, under specific conditions such as temperature, relative humidity, and light.  SARS-CoV-2 can 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.

Clearly, at this critical time, food 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.

If you wish to find out more about our products and services you can ask for one of our sales team to contact you. 

Request a call

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

Environment testing solutions




Order code

Surface sampling

Thermo Scientific™ MicroTest™ Flocked Swab Kits

Pack of 100 swabs


Transport medium

Thermo Scientific™ Phosphate Buffered Saline

24 x 20 mL BO0971G*
100 tablets, each for 100 mL BR0014G

* Due to unprecedented demand this product may be temporarily unavailable




Order code

Medium to high throughput automated sample preparation

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





Low to medium throughout automated sample preparation

Thermo Scientific™ KingFisher™ mL System Instrument 5400050C
Applied Biosystems™ KingFisher™ mL Food Protection Purification System Tubes & Tips 240 tests 15951

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 preparations 4428176
100 preparations 4480466




Order code

Master Mix

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

100 reactions


Assays to target SARS-CoV-2 genes and one positive control assay that targets the human RNase P RPPH1 gene

Applied Biosystems™ TaqMan™ 2019-nCoV Assay Kit v1


50 reactions


Synthetic positive control for assay performance verification

Applied Biosystems™ TaqMan™ 2019-nCoV Control Kit v1

50 reactions


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 (Included with QuantStudio™ 5 Real-Time PCR System), Laptop computer, USB Flash drive and power cords.

System with laptop computer


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

Includes: Applied Biosystems™ 7500 Fast Instrument, laptop computer, RapidFinder™ Express v2.0 and SDS 1.4 or later software, calibration kits, capping tool, precision plate holder and block balance tubes.

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.


1.       FAO. 2020. Food Safety in the time of COVID-19. Rome. https://doi.org/10.4060/ca8623en

CMD SchemaApp code