This sterile pre-moistened cellulose sponge with quick release handle is designed for sampling for microbiological contamination on almost any surface. It is a convenient ready to use product, supplied in a sterile foil pouch, designed to eliminate the costly, time-consuming steps of diluent preparation, sterilization and application to sampling devices. Simply remove the handle (sponge attached) from the foil pouch, collect sample, return to supplied twirl-tie bag, release sponge into bag, twirl bag closed and send to lab for analysis. The added convenience of the quick release handle allows for the sponge to be released directly into the supplied twirl-tie bag after sample collection. Only the sponge goes back into the bag after sample collection eliminating any unnecessary parts that may interfere with sample processing. The Scigiene Cellulose sponge is pre-moistened with 10 mL Neutralizing Buffer, is attached to a quick release handle and is Sterile.