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Frequently Asked Questions

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How long is the shelf life?

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Products have a shelf life that varies anywhere from 3-27 months from the date of manufacture — with most products being 12 months.

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What is the aluminum seal for?

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Ensures that the agar is as fresh as the day it was manufactured, unlike when you open a sleeve of petris.

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What is the purpose of the white paper strip?

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The strip is made of Tyvek® and is a barrier that controls air/oxygen exchange without particulate entry or escape.

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Is the media in the InTray dehydrated?

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No, it is a ready to use, prepared, and QC tested media.

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Does it require refrigeration?

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Yes, most InTray® products require refrigeration.

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Can you stack them?

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InTray can be stacked either horizontally or vertically unlike Petri dishes.

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What is the regulatory status?

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Our range of products includes FDA regulated IVD products, as well as veterinary tests, EPA method approved media and microbiology research products. Products also contain the european CE mark. 

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How do you inoculate the tray?

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Like a Petri dish, the agar can be inoculated by direct plating, streaking or membrane filters.

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Can it be read using automated plate counters?

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Yes, most digital automated plate counters can accurately read the tray.

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Are special disposal methods required?

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No. Dispose of InTray as with petri plates, by autoclaving.

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Do you carry all media types?

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We carry a large spectrum of media for clinical, veterinary and environmental applications, and we are adding new media all the time

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Do you carry chromogenic media?

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Yes, we carry a wide selection of chromogenic agars in our COLOREX™ line of products. 

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If I drop InTray do I need to start all over?

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InTray has a flexible fixed lid that cannot fall off and keeps the culture safe. The InTray is unbreakable unlike a Petri dish.

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What is the shelf life? Storage conditions for InPouch®?

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Effective shelf life is 12 months from the date of manufacture; Store pouches at room temperature (18-25°C) in the dark.

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When you put the sample in the InPouch, do you leave the swab in?

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No! The cotton swab can rupture the pouch during transport. A cotton swab left inside will also cloud the medium and destroy clue cells, yeast and any trichomonads present.

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Can I use any culture swab to collect the specimen?

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Trichomonas vaginalis is a "sticky" organism which may cling to dacron or plastic (swabs, tubes, tubing and pipets). Cotton swabs are preferred.

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How do I use the InPouch for urine and seminal fluids?

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These specimens need to be fresh and immediately transported to the lab. The lab tech will inoculate the pouch and perform the test. Call your lab for special handling instructions.

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How do I close the InPouch?

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Push the media to the bottom of the bag and roll tightly down to the top of the label and seal kit with the tabs.

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Do I have to open the pouch to create a wet mount?

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No, you can read through the plastic pouch.

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Can I run PCR after I incubate and read the sample?

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Yes, you can run PCR on all samples or samples that are positive.