The 3M™ Dry-Sponge is made from cellulose, an ideal sampling material for monitoring for the presence of food-borne pathogens that meets specifications for sample collection of the Rules and Regulations of the Federal Register (Vol 61, No. 144, 1996). The durable sponge is biocide-free and will not affect organism viability. It is decontaminated through gamma irradiation to maintain aseptic conditions. As a dry sponge, this product can be used with any number of in-house or pre-mixed buffers and sampling solutions to meet the testing needs at the time the sample is taken. It is suitable for use in dry-only facilities where dry sampling is required. The cellulose material is effective for capturing particulates in dry sampling scenarios. The sponge also comes with a 3M™ Sample Bag to hold it after sampling for safe, convenient transportation to the lab. The Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) approach is the most widely accepted food safety management protocol worldwide. Sample collection products from 3M are a crucial part of this approach to identify potential food-borne hazards and pinpoint where they reside. Portability, stable enrichment media, and easy-to-handle swabs and sponges are designed to test for a wide variety of potential hazards and deliver exceptionally accurate results. They are engineered to safely gather, hold, and secure contents from the collection site to the lab without leaking or compromising the sample.