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SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) testing and prevention

We offer a suite of tests and services to help control SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and detect its presence in your working environment so that you can keep your workforce safe and your operations running. Find out more

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News updates in March

Air cleaning system

New method to help control COVID-19 transmission

Removing the virus that causes COVID-19 from the air can help protect employees. However, air cleaning devices’ claims of effectiveness against this virus should be validated, which is now possible with our new method.

MIG meetings

Member benefit: MIG meetings – just one day to go!

We’re kicking off your online MIG meetings tomorrow and we can’t wait to welcome you to our most interactive sessions yet.  There’s still time to book onto your favourite meetings, including Nutrition and Health, Food and Drink Science and Packaging, so we’ll see you there.

COVID-19 Workforce testing programmes

COVID-19 Workforce testing programmes

We can relieve some of your Covid-19 worries by helping you to reassure your clients, your business and your staff that you’re taking the best possible care of them and protecting them at work by early identification of any issues.

Meat shelf-life and food waste reduction

New project to potentially extend meat shelf-life and reduce food waste

Three billion pounds worth of meat is wasted each year, partly due to it exceeding its shelf-life before consumption or sale. Find out about the project that’s looking to extend the shelf-life of raw red meat. There’s still time to get involved!

Shelf-life of fish and seafood

New blog: How can we extend the shelf-life of fish and seafood?

Why are fish and seafood products so perishable? Here we explore that and how our new research project, led by Dr Greg Jones, is attempting to increase the shelf-life of these products.

Revised food safety guideline

Updated food safety guideline – what went into revising it?

A guideline is the most cost-effective way to ensure a high hygiene standard, particularly important during a pandemic and when budgets are tight. Our hygiene expert Dr Phil Voysey discusses the approaches to update one recently released to help manufacturers produce safe food.​

COVID-19 information and services

Fit to fly testing

Fit to Fly packs

We offer PCR testing that is highly accurate and sensitive to early detection of SARS-Cov-2. PCR testing detects lower levels of virus than other available methods.

Coronavirus services – help with COVID-19

Coronavirus services – help with COVID-19

In response to the current pandemic, we are developing methods to help the food industry control and detect SARS-CoV-2.

New swab testing for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

Swab testing for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

These swab tests allow us to check for the virus on your premises. Allowing you to check your cleaning regimes are effective or as a way to reassure your workforce.

Ensuring factory hygiene to prevent COVID-19

Ensuring factory hygiene to prevent COVID-19

Our food management systems specialists provide a checklist of actions and tips to help guard your factory from SARS-CoV-2.