From May 2020, updated June 2020
Coronavirus services – help with COVID-19
In response to the current pandemic, our virologist Martin D’Agostino and the microbiology team have developed methods to help the food industry control SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and detect its presence in a working environment.
Tests for your cleaning chemicals
We’ve developed a new test to assess the effectiveness of cleaning chemicals, and cleaning and disinfection operations on a SARS-CoV-2 surrogate virus. With rigorous cleaning regimes regarded as vital in reducing virus transmission, the new test will provide companies with greater confidence in their abilities to clean effectively. It involves the use of a safe ‘surrogate’ virus and is classified at biosafety level one (BSL-1), which means it safe to handle in a range of environments.
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Swab tests to identify if the virus is present
We’ll be launching tests to identify if the virus is present at the start of July. We’ll be offering a verified method for surface testing of SARS-CoV-2, the virus strain which causes the COVID-19 illness as well as the
disinfectant and cleaning testing service.
Sampling can be carried out yourself using our verified swab test kit. The kit can be used for multiple touchpoints e.g door handles, lightswitches, microwave handles and work surfaces.
The combination of the swab test and the disinfectant and cleaning testing service will help identify areas which have become contaminated with the virus and offer a solution to help ensure you have the correct control measures in place to deal with it.
If results come back positive, showing the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, you are in safe hands, as we are well equipped to provide advice on how to minimise the risks to you and your staff. If you’d like to find out more now, email our virologist,
Martin D’Agostino or call him on +44(0)1386 842537 or Annette Sansom on +44(0)1386 842263
SARS-CoV-2 and foodborne viruses - a review of the UK situation
In this presentation, Martin covers the frequently asked questions regarding SARS-CoV-2, the difference between Norovirus and Coronavirus, guidance available in the UK and the services available from Campden BRI related to viruses. Martin also briefly covers other current virus news.
Martin D'Agostino joined Campden BRI in 2016 as a food virologist after having worked at the Food and Environment Research Agency
(DEFRA) since 1994. Read more...