A catch too good to miss - Randox antibiotic seafood screening solutions
Randox Food Diagnostics offer excellent cost effective screening solutions for food analysis including a range of aquatic food sources such as fish, prawns and shrimp. Seafood testing is now a crucial part of food safety as evidenced by recent reports of contaminated shrimp from Bangladesh that were reported to contain nitrofurans and chloramphenicol.
The UK aquaculture industry has a good track record in relation to food safety. Rigorous food analysis in conjunction with effective drug residue testing must take place worldwide. It is not enough to know that the seafood produced in our respective countries is safe, as due to the high amount of importing and exporting, the food on our shelves could possibly contain traces of antibiotic residues.
Most commonly abused antibiotics in the aquaculture industry today include oxytetracycline, sulphamerazine, sulphadiazine, trimethoprim and furazolidone. The presence of all of these antibiotics can be screened using the patented Randox multiplex screening platform. Randox Food Diagnostics Antimicrobial Multiplex Arrays I&II allow detection of 45 antibiotic compounds from drug classes such as sulphonamides, quinolones and tetracyclines using a very simple sample preparation (addition and mix of buffer to homogenised sample followed by centrifugation). One sample – one preparation – 45 tests.
Using the Randox Food Diagnostics Evidence Investigator analyser, the multiplex arrays enable high sample throughout and greatly improve laboratories efficiencies, including reducing labour time and costs.
Randox Food Diagnostics also offer a wide range of ELISA screening kits for antibiotic residues along with important tri-phenylmethane dyes such as malachite green. Malachite green is used extensively in aquaculture for the treatment of fungal and protozoal infections, however it has been reported to cause carcinogenesis, mutagenesis and respiratory toxicity. The Randox Food Diagnostics Leucomalachite green ELISA also detects malachite green and Leucocrystal violets dyes and offers excellent limits of detection with a simple sample preparation that does not require an oxidisation step.
Randox Food Diagnostics provide a comprehensive screening package for a wide of antibiotics residues in seafood. These screening solutions all offer excellent limit of detections along with a simple sample preparations.
Screening Test Menu includes
- Beta Lactam
- Leucomalachite Green