COPAN's Swab Rinse Kit (SRK) Promotional Video from COPAN Diagnostics on Vimeo.

COPAN Diagnostics’ new video, which emphasizes the food industry’s shift from response to prevention, highlights how COPAN’s Swab Rinse Kit (SRK™) is an efficient, convenient product that simplifies the surface sampling process in the wake of the new FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. In addition, COPAN is expanding the U.S. production of the SRK line at its Murrieta, CA facility.

“COPAN’s Swab Rinse Kit is a unique and convenient product that simplifies the environmental sampling process,” says Norman Sharples, COPAN Diagnostics’ CEO. Pre-moistening a swab with a solution and then rinsing it after the sample is collected, is the standard operating procedure in this industry. “COPAN has designed a stellar product that eliminates the often messy and inconvenient aspects of the sample collection process. Pre-moistened swabs improve the uptake of the sample and the saline solution neutralizes antimicrobial agents, painting a clear picture of any bacteria present on the surface, and hopefully preventing dangerous pathogens from entering our food supply.”

In order to highlight the new FDA regulations, referred to as farm-to-fork, the film begins on an alfalfa farm. That alfalfa is then cut, laid out to dry and collected into bales that will serve as food for livestock. The next frame is shot on a cattle farm, showing the cows as they munch on troughs of feed.

Workers then come into focus while they harvest and package heads of cabbage. The film also details the proper collection procedure using COPAN’s SRK products and sampling templates.

When examining surfaces for the presence of bacteria, swabbing is the most commonly used method. COPAN’s SRK simplifies the process with a pre-moistened swab, packaged in an easily transported plastic tube with a capture cap.  Regular sampling of surfaces, food and equipment is necessary in order to prevent or identify contamination.