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Randox have produced a new screening biochip

11th April 2008

Randox Laboratories has created a screening biochip to detect antibiotic residues in honey samples.

The international diagnostics company’s Anti-Microbial Array will identify and measure the presence of 12 sulphonamide antibiotics that could pose a health risk to consumers.

Antibiotic residues in honey pose a potential risk to the health of people that are allergic to the drug.

The use of sulphonamides in beekeeping is strictly regulated but recent reports in the US have claimed that the drug has been found in imported honey, according to Randox.

A company statement said: "The Biochip Array Technology is based on proven ELISA principles of competitive chemiluminescent immunoassays.

"Unlike some drug residue tests, the Anti-Microbial Array shows no cross-reactivity with PABA (para-amino benzoic acid), a natural constituent of honey."

The product can be used to screen samples of honey, feed, tissue or urine and it is claimed by its manufacturers that it can perform 900 tests in less than two and a half hours.

Randox was founded in 1982 by Dr Peter FitzGerald.

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