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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. Many products also contain the European CE mark.
InTray products have a shelf life that varies anywhere from 3-27 months from the date of manufacture — with most products being 12 months.
Effective shelf life is 12 months from the date of manufacture. Pouches should be stored at in a dark place at room temperature (18-25°C).
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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.
Trichomonas vaginalis is a "sticky" organism which may cling to dacron or plastic (swabs, tubes, tubing and pipets). Cotton swabs are preferred.
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. For a pictorial of how to use inoculated InPouch, please click on the Gallery link in the right upper corner of the InPouch product page. Additionally, InPouch product pages have a video tutorial.
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.
No, you can read through the plastic pouch.
Yes, you can run PCR on all samples or samples that are positive.
Because InTray's use sealed prepared-culture-media, there are times when condensation may appear. We've actually got your answer with photos here ►
Ensures that the agar is as fresh as the day it was manufactured, unlike when you open a sleeve of petris.
The strip is made of Tyvek® and is a barrier that controls air/oxygen exchange without particulate entry or escape.
Like a Petri dish, the agar can be inoculated by direct plating, streaking or membrane filters.
No, it is a ready to use, prepared, and QC tested media.
Yes, most InTray products require refrigeration. The storage section of each product page will have storage temperature limits.
Yes, most digital automated plate counters can accurately read InTray.
InTray can be stacked either horizontally or vertically unlike Petri dishes.
InTray has a flexible label seal that cannot fall off, and keeps the culture safe. Additionally, InTray is impact durable, unlike a Petri dish.
Because of the potential for containing infectious materials, the most products must be destroyed by autoclaving at 121°C for 20 minutes. Please refer to the Instructions for Use (IFU) which are available on each product page.
Yes, we carry a wide selection of chromogenic agars in our COLOREX™ line of products.