With concerns about antibiotic resistance growing amongst shoppers in 2017, the new Grand National sponsor Randox Health is raising awareness of the topic by testing the food it’s serving to guests fo...

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With concerns about antibiotic resistance growing amongst shoppers in 2017, the new Grand National sponsor Randox Health is raising awareness of the topic by testing the food it’s serving to guests for traces of antibiotics.

Scientists warn that excessive use of antibiotics in healthy farm animals is contributing to the rise of infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as superbugs. Last year there was a 40% increase in prescriptions of drugs of ‘last resort’, only used when traditional antibiotics fail. It’s believed 12,000 people die from antibiotic-resistant bugs every year in the UK.

Randox Food Diagnostics is working closely with the industry to promote a responsible approach to antibiotic-use in farm animals. The company believes there has never been a more important time to raise awareness of the issue and offer consumers the highest standard of food safety.

Prior to being served up to approximately 12,000 people by the executive chef Lee Miller and his team in the Aintree kitchens this week, the Ladymoor Farm beef received the all-clear from Randox’s Food Diagnostic division after being tested on the company’s patented Biochip Array Technology.

Randox Founder and Managing Director, Dr Peter FitzGerald said;

“There is potential for very positive steps to be taken in the fight against antibiotic-resistance – but we need to keep raising awareness of the issue that faces us all. Through our sponsorship of the Randox Health Grand National we want to take the opportunity to showcase our commitment to this growing threat

“There are many very good suppliers in the food market and I am certain as more support this responsible approach it will create a domino-like effect in the industry.”

Managing Director of Aintree Racecourse, John Baker said;

“This is something we’ve never been asked to get involved with before, so we were quite interested to see what would happen. When you start to learn about the consequences of antibiotic-resistance it’s actually quite alarming and so we’re pleased to be able to support this. We have always aimed to provide the highest level of safety for horses and racing fanatics alike and we are thrilled to have on board a global company that is concerned with both.”

RFD Press office

Randox Food Diagnostics digital press officer

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