Randox Food Diagnostics recently launched its anthelmintics testing platform.
Anthelmintics are drugs that act against internal parasites such as tapeworms, liver flukes, and round worms that can cause helminthic infections. The drugs are used to improve livestock production though monitoring is required to ensure residues are not passed on to humans, according to the Crumlin, UK-based firm.
Randox's platform includes arrays capable of testing for the presence of multiple analytes, including avermectins, benzimidazoles, amino-benzimidazoles, levamisole, thiabendazole, moxidectin, and triclabendazole. The chip is run using Randox's Evidence Investigator analyzer. Randox added that its kits have been designed to be used at border inspection points, slaughter houses and import houses as a method to screen for the residues.
The anthelminitics platform also includes an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for the detection of avermectin residues in milk and urine, Randox said.