How should pesticide samples be handled to avoid contamination?

The realities of living in the current agricultural era means pesticides are all around us, all the time. Add in the fact that the equipment we utilize to test for their presence is sensitive to trace compounds to the tune of parts per trillion, and you’ll recognize the weight of what this test means. Similar to the microbial examination, it is imperative that samples are handled with best practices. All handling of the samples should be done with sterile gloves. Samples should be placed in sterile sample bags (we provide these for free upon request). Employees should refrain from handling sample materials as much as possible, always keeping in mind the potential for contamination.