Agricultural materials analyst Eurofins Agro UK has introduced a new testing kit for Covid-19 in agriculture to enable industry businesses to test for the virus on surfaces and equipment.

“Covid-19 can survive on surfaces for 72 hours. The ability to test for it in agricultural packaging and handling facilities will offer a new way to help protect employees and the public from the virus,” advises the company.

The kits contain swabs that are used to take a sample from potentially contaminated surfaces. Any surface that has a high risk of spreading the virus between employees such as door handles, communal toilets, canteens, meeting rooms, shared desks, machinery and vehicles can be tested regularly to prevent the spread of the virus.

Swabs are sent to Eurofins for analysis by a real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), with a two day turnround for a positive / negative coronavirus result and a further day to identify the virus as the SARS-CoV-2 behind the pandemic.

Prices start at around £100 with significant reductions for larger volumes.

Contact Eurofins on 01902 627227 or email AgroTesting@eurofins.co.uk