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At Harmony we highly value our customer’s thoughts and opinions.

(There’s a reason our tag line is “Where Customer Service Still Counts!”)

So, in our continuing efforts to improve the customer experience, we have partnered with ShopperApproved to help us get more feedback from our customers (if you’re reading this, that’s probably you!) about their shopping experience.

Additionally, our product reviews are also more visible while shopping on our site!  Just remember, the product reviews are from customers just like you.  So, if you can take a minute and share that would be great.

See our HarmonyCR.com Ratings page for more information about the ratings and to see what customers are saying.

We hope you enjoy our new ratings “upgrade” and we look forward to reading your valuable feedback.

We thank you very much for your business and feedback, and for helping to make us even better!

– Your Supply Team @ Harmony

INFOGRAPHIC: Flocked VS Spun Fiber Swabs

There are 2 main types of swabs when it comes to tip of the matter.

Most people have experience with spun fiber swabs (cotton swabs, polyester swabs, rayon swabs). Most consumer product swabs for cosmetics and hygiene are spun cotton fiber swabs.

Flocked swabs are different.

Flocked swabs have ultra tiny bristles that are far better at picking up and releasing specimen and materials for collection and diagnostics.

Spun fiber swab’s traits make it far less effective for these types of uses as the specimen and material gets trapped in the spun fiber and often softer/porous core.

Sometimes picking the right swab for the job can be challenging.

We’re just a call or chat away to answer all your questions.

Check out our infographic:

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Food Safety & Food Handling Swabs: Testing with the Right Swab

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die every year from foodborne illness. Some of the culprits are disease-causing microbes or pathogens, such as the norovirus, ListeriaSalmonella, and E. coli. Poisonous chemicals and other substances are also guilty of causing these foodborne diseases which number more than 250 foodborne diseases.

Food is far too easy to become contaminated as it is produced and processed.

Most healthy meat and poultry can even become contaminated during slaughter by contact with intestinal contents. When we irrigate most fresh fruits and vegetables with contaminated water, these fruits and vegetables will also become contaminated.

Salmonella enterica bacterium, is a bacteria which causes a type of food poisoning called Salmonellosis and most normal looking hen eggs can be contaminated with Salmonella even before the shell is formed. Shigella bacteria, hepatitis A, and norovirus can be introduced by the dirty or improperly washed hands of infected food handlers into foods.

You can see how there are many ways for food to become contaminated during food processing.

Although the cost to human wellness and life is the greatest, foodborne illness has very serious financial implications as well. In 2014 the United States Department of Agriculture estimated these illnesses are annually costing the economy more than $15.6 billion. The number is shocking on its own, but even more so when you consider this public health burden is largely preventable.

In terms of prevention, food processing organizations must make hygiene, sanitation and cleanliness procedures their top priorities. Harmony offers high-quality food safety and environmental surface sampling devices which are very useful and important to food handlers who collect and test food for bacterial pathogens. Let’s look at these food safety testing swabs, and see which ones are best for their various applications.

Testing Meat for Pathogens with EnviroMax Plus®

In all meat processing plants, regular quality and hygiene control is always very critical. Where pathogen testing is concerned in this industry, speed is second only to accuracy. Companies want to get their products out the door quickly and they need to be confident the meat does not contain parasites or bacteria like SalmonellaListeria, and E. coli.

For rapid and effective safety testing, we recommend a firm foam-tipped swab like those in Puritan® EnviroMax Plus® Sterile Environmental Sampling Swabs.

The benefits of foam-tipped swabs are their large tip, which increases sample and elution counts, and their rigid paddle-like design which allows for the firm and even application of pressure necessary for adequate sample collection. As for ease of use, simply remove the Puritan® EnviroMax Plus® swab from the vial, collect the sample, and return the swab to the vial. Sampling is that easy and secure.

For a step-by-step guide on how to test meat with our EnviroMax swabs, read this instructional blog post from Puritan®.

Protect Your Poultry With PurFlock Ultra®

Poultry farms are often distressed by the popular avian influenza (AI) virus and one simple way to check the health of your birds is with blood tests and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. According to the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, testing reduces the risk of spreading AI.

The PCR test is perhaps the least invasive: just take hold of a bird, open its mouth, and swab the throat. That’s right! So which of the food handler swabs are the best fit for this task? Puritan®’s PurFlock Ultra® swabs with a miniature or ultrafine tip are ideal for taking samples of the trachea or oropharynx and cloaca.

Routine monitoring of your flock for the presence of other respiratory and infectious diseases is very important. The PurFlock Ultra® flocked swab makes the random sampling process for such tests easier for the staff, less injurious to the birds, and more efficient for processing. That’s what makes it unique.

Keep Bacteria Out of Your Brewery With an ESK® Sampling Kit

As more and more small-scale breweries ramp up their production, sanitation procedures must follow suit. During the grain malting process, cereal grains are eventually converted to sugars, which are gradually consumed by yeast as the beer ferments. Bacteria thrives in this high-sugar environment. Here it can multiply, potentially ruining a batch, or worse, contributing to the contamination of an entire facility. Puritan®’s ESK® environmental sampling kits can provide an appropriate food safety testing solution for smaller-scale and microbreweries.

Companies can validate the food safety procedures at the brewery by swabbing for bacterial growth in areas through which the beer passes. Morebeer.com recommends “swabbing all areas which should be clean and sterile, including: cleaned-in-place fermenter hose ends, exit ports from hard piping, the plate cooler, or the filter.” You may also want to swab keg interiors and filling heads. Puritan®’s EnviroMax® and EnviroMax Plus® swabs can get into hard to reach areas where contaminants may be hidden. And the small polyester tip and quick-turn, leak resistant cap make for a proper environmental transport medium.

So as you can see, different food safety environments call for different testing materials. To learn more about using Harmony Business Supplies as your source for food handler and safety testing swabs, contact one of our knowledgeable product specialists at Harmony today.

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Cosmetic Swabs: Beauty Tips for Salons and Spas

Harmony offers the best quality and selection of swabs and applicators for use in Spas, Salons, and so much more!

We’ve chosen to supply primarily Puritan Medical swabs and applicators due to their supreme quality and value.

Puritan produces high-quality swabs and other single-use products for industries such as healthcare, forensics, and food safety. These products are medical-grade swabs with fantastic beauty and wellness applications too. From cotton swabs to cuticle sticks, Harmony and Puritan Medical can help spa and salon owners keep clients looking their best.

Spring is around the corner and there’s going to be lots of events like vacations, proms, weddings – people need to be photo ready!

Here are some great beauty tips, advice, and tricks made possible by high quality cosmetic swabs and applicators.

Special Swabs for Cosmetics

Cutting-edge technology has been used to produce high-quality cotton swabs which are almost enough on their own to perform every part of a beauty routine. From facials to pedicures, Puritan Swabs from Harmony are highly resourceful as a tool used in a wide range of beauty and salon services.

Here’s some great ways to use swabs for beauty!

Face

  1. Use a swab to precisely cover a blemish with just enough concealer.
  2. Target dark spots with brightening cream in the same manner.

Lips

  1. Use a swab to get every last bit of lipstick out of the tube before tossing it.
  2. Lip-gloss comes in a pot right? So keep your fingers clean by applying with a cotton swab.
  3. Don’t let bright lipsticks or stains bleed outside your clients’ lip line. With a swab, you can trace her pout with powder to keep lip color in place.

Eyes

  1. Avoid sticky fingers when applying eyelash glue to false eyelashes by using cotton swab to disperse the glue.
  2. Use a swab to dot concealer on undereye circles, then blend.
  3. Cotton swabs are the perfect tool for smudging or cleaning up eyeliner.

Nails

  1. Embellish nails by using a swab to create designs (adorable polka dots!) or add decorations.
  2. The pointed cotton tip on our tapered swabs can clean up the messiest manicure or pedicure.
  3. Cleaning bottle necks with swabs dipped in nail polish remover keeps polishes from getting stuck shut.

The Perfect Cosmetic Swabs:

Bonus TIP: Seal swabs covered in concealer or perfume in small storage bags and tuck them into your purse. You’ll be able to touch up your makeup or reapply your favorite scent while at a wedding or during a long flight.

Wooden Tongue Depressors (AKA Wax Applicators)

Isn’t it amazing how much better you feel after an eyebrow wax? Well, our tongue depressors were actually designed to apply wax too! The wood has a smooth polish, and with two different sizes, the sticks can be used on multiple areas of the body.

The Perfect Wax Applicators:

Cuticle Sticks (AKA Orange Wood Sticks)

Keeping nails clean is good for hygiene and for first impressions. We offer cuticle sticks with beveled ends that are just the right tool for pushing cuticles back into place. Our single bevel sticks with pointed ends can clean out dirt and other built up grime. Whether thanking an instructor for vacation surfing lessons or meeting a cousin’s new boyfriend at a family gathering, your clients will confidently extend their hands knowing they look great!

The Perfect Cuticle Sticks:

You can trust our swabs and applicators to perform the best, no matter your usage!

Feel great, look great, and enjoy a moment of Harmony with Puritan Medical Swabs and Applicators.

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