Day 4 | World Antibiotic Awareness Week – Meat


It’s day four of World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018. Here at Randox Food Diagnostics, we provide innovative technologies for the detection and quantification of antibiotic residues in meat through tissue, urine and eggs.

Antibiotics are administered to food-producing animals to treat disease and as a preventative method to stop the spread of bacteria, which can often spread quickly within herds. Whilst there are several different types of veterinary drugs used in meat cultivation to reduce mortality and improve herd health, these drugs can potentially end up in the food chain and cause adverse health effects for consumers.

The European Union (EU) have strict guidelines regarding antibiotic use in food-producing animals (37/2010/EC). This includes the use of hormonal substances for growth promotion, including zeranol and trenbolone, in addition to the beta-agonist drug ractopamine. Ractopamine is currently banned or restricted in over 160 nations, including Russia and the United States. New EU legislation which becomes law in 2022, bans the use of antibiotics on animals that are important for human medicine use and prohibits any antimicrobials in livestock without a vet prescription.

With over 35 years’ experience within the diagnostics industry, Randox Food Diagnostics provide the highest quality products, customer service and technical support to ensure the needs of our global customer base are met. Our dedicated research and development team have therefore created Biochip Array Technology to provide reliable and economical testing methods that monitor multiple drug residues in meat from a single sample, saving time, money and labour costs. Arrays include screening for residues of antimicrobials, growth promoting compounds, anthelmintics and coccidiostats.

Randox Food Diagnostics also provide a vast variety of ELISA kits to test for antibiotics in tissue, offering excellent cross-reactivity and unrivalled limits of detection. With results providing great correlation with confirmatory methods, we ensure that better science means safer food.

For more information on our ever-expanding test menu, including arrays for chloramphenicol, ractopamine, dapsone, streptomycin and many more please contact us at:

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