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Food Handlers Swabs: How To Choose the Right Swab for Food Safety

Apr 26, 2016 12:51:06 PM

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die every year from foodborne illness. Some of the culprits are disease-causing microbes or pathogens, such as the norovirus, Listeria, Salmonella, and E. coli. Poisonous chemicals and other substances are also guilty of causing foodborne diseases—of which there are more than 250. 

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Topics: Foam Tipped Swab, Food Safety, Environmental Sampling, Swabs, EnviroMax, EnviroMax Plus, ESK, PurFlock Ultra, Environmental

Swabs for Cosmetics: Why Your Spa or Salon Could Use a Little Puritan

Apr 20, 2016 9:21:43 AM

Puritan manufactures high-quality swabs and other single-use products for industries such as healthcare, forensics, and food safety. But these same medical-grade swabs and other products also have fantastic beauty and wellness applications. From cotton swabs to cuticle sticks, Puritan can help spa and salon owners keep clients looking their best.

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Topics: Cotton Tipped Applicators, Health and Beauty, Wooden Scrapers

Join the Flock Q&A: What Flocked Swabs Are, Why You Need Them, and Where to Get Them

Apr 7, 2016 11:13:28 AM

If you’re reading this, you probably have a good idea of what swabs are, and what they might be used for. But you can always stand to know more. Here are a few popular questions about the world of flocked swabs.

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Topics: Specimen Collection, Flocked Swabs, Diagnostic

Swab Central: The Foam Tipped Applicators' Industrial Uses

Mar 30, 2016 11:30:00 AM

In critical environments of industrial and manufacturing, if you're in the market for swab that hits hard-to-reach places, the foam tipped swab might be the tool for you.

Foam tipped swabs come in many different configurations, including Puritan’s PurSwab® foam-tipped applicators. Good for a variety of industrial uses, these are especially effective as general cleaning applicators

Foam swabs are far superior to cotton swabs when it comes to cleaning. When precision cleaning and cleanliness is your end game, our swabs and devices have you covered.

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Topics: Critical Environments, Industrial

Why Should Pets get a DNA Test?

Mar 24, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Most people understand that there are situations where human DNA needs to be collected and analyzed. DNA analysis can be used to place someone at a crime scene, to check for predisposition to diseases, or predict response to certain medications. But did you know the same can be done for pets?

The world of DNA testing for pets has expanded since the first tests became available in 2007. Veterinary offices have been the main source for these tests but in more recent years websites such as DNA My Dog and Cat Ancestry have been gaining popularity.

From sending you the tools for collection to facilitating the analysis, these websites do it all, making the process more convenient and accessible than ever before.

So why should you get your furry friend's DNA analyzed? Wondering how hard is it to collect a DNA sample? and what happens to it once it hits the laboratory? We've got the tips you need!

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Topics: Specimen Collection, Veterinary, Diagnostic

Before You Say AHH... Learn More About Swabbing for Strep Throat

Mar 4, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Do you have a sore throat? headache? fever, chills, and muscle pains? These can be early signs of  influenza, strep throat and other winter illnesses.

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Topics: Specimen Collection, Diagnostic

You Asked for It. We Made it. Introducing Opti-Tranz™ and Opti-Tranz Plus™ Collection & Transport Systems

Feb 24, 2016 11:00:00 AM

You asked for it. We made it. (And we made it better.)

Introducing Opti-Tranz™ and Opti-Tranz Plus™–our brand new line of traditional liquid and semi solid collection and transport systems for bacteriological applications.

Available with different size swab tips and handles, this new line pairs traditional transport medium options with innovative swab technologies to facilitate the collection of specimens from various patient sites.

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Topics: Specimen Collection, Media Transport Systems, Diagnostic

A History of Specimen Collection: Swabs Then and Now

Feb 11, 2016 10:26:25 AM

Transport medium, in general, is defined as non-nutritive balanced, buffered media to provide a controlled environment and to maintain the viability of microorganisms without a significant increase in growth.

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Topics: Specimen Collection

Filtered Air-Breathable DNA Transport Systems vs Swab Boxes

Feb 4, 2016 10:54:18 AM

One of the biggest challenges faced by crime scene investigators is improper transportation and preservation of DNA samples.

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Topics: Forensics

Swabbing for Trace Evidence vs. Swabbing for Blood and Other Fluids

Jan 22, 2016 9:52:43 AM

Swabbing for blood or other fluids and collecting trace evidence are two totally different ball swab games.

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Topics: Forensics

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