Antibiotic testing in shrimp
Seafood is one of the most important exports in India with its shrimp being a staple food in many countries worldwide. However, 2017 and 2018 saw 27 shipments of shrimp refused entry into the US by the FDA. This was followed closely in January 2019, when 26 lines were refused due to the presence of two banned antibiotics, nitrofurans and chloramphenicol.
With Indian shrimp accounting for around one third of the countries seafood exports, India has expressed its concern over the rejections. It responded by calling the tests on the products ‘too stringent’.
The global shrimp industry is estimated to be worth around $30 billion and India’s market share is estimated at 13% in value terms.
Dr. Ramraj, President of the All Indian Shrimp Hatcheries Association has stated, “some of the metabolites in shrimp and crustacean shells are known to mimic antibiotics and therefore could give false results”.
The use of antibiotics in shrimp farming in India is banned. Madhusudano Rao, Principal scientist at India’s Central Institute of Fisheries Technology has said, “All shrimp hatchery operators and shrimp farmers and advised to use only these antibiotic- free inputs during shrimp farming”.
Randox Food Diagnostics offer the most comprehensive range of ELISA and Biochip tests currently on the market, specifically designed to identify and detect the smallest traces of the most prevalent antibiotics used in seafood, including nitrofurans and chloramphenicol.
Supported by Global Sponsor Randox Laboratories, internationally renowned pianist and Gold Medal winner at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition Barry Douglas returned to India last night with Camerata Ireland. Barry founded Camerata Ireland in 1999 with a vision to create a chamber orchestra of excellence to match the best in the world. Since its formation the group has travelled the world to wide critical acclaim.
Over Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th April 2018, Camerata Ireland and Barry Douglas performed all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos with Douglas as pianist and conductor to wide critical acclaim. Taking place in the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, the concerts marked Randox Laboratories’ commitment to the Indian market and supported the continued development of their manufacturing and R&D facilities in Bangalore.
Managing Director of Randox Laboratories, Dr Peter FitzGerald, commented;
Randox, now celebrating over 36 years of innovation in healthcare diagnostics, is proud of its association with Barry Douglas & Camerata Ireland. As global sponsors we salute this all-Ireland organisation which has a tremendous international reputation, provides world class performances, commits to the development and improvement of the next generation and brings true energy and innovation to their field.
We at Randox truly value this partnership with Barry Douglas & Camerata Ireland as, in our field of endeavour, we strive to improve healthcare and extend life across the globe. Our energies and skills are focused upon the development and provision of world-leading Research and Development in heath diagnostics. We are passionate about what we do and are committed to better healthcare for all which not only improves global healthcare but will significantly extend lives. We believe that innovative diagnostics, with increasingly preventative capabilities, hold the key to improved healthcare for the future.
Randox has four key international sites – in Antrim, Northern Ireland; Dungloe, Ireland; West Virginia in the US and Bangalore, India. Based among other high-tech industries in the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, Randox’s base in India is a hub for not only world-leading diagnostic research, but also a base for the many Randox sales, logistics, administration and finance teams who service the Indian market.
Barry Douglas, founder of Camerata Ireland, also commented on the historic trip;
“I’m thrilled to be back in India and to be able to bring Camerata Ireland with me. Music connects us all universally and transcends gender, nationality, race and orientation. We are excited to bring our own special taste of Ireland to India and be able to share in this experience with Randox Laboratories, who continue to help the growth and development of our orchestra. We couldn’t have achieved our internationally-acclaimed reputation without them.”
Paul Turnbull, Global Business Manager at Randox, said of the company’s continued investment in the Indian market;
“Randox have been providing the highest quality In-Vitro Diagnostic products into the Indian market for over 20 years. As a business we are very excited about the next 12 months in particular as our business continues to expand and we invest in growing the team at our India base. We continue to build on our world-leading International EQA scheme RIQAS, our niche and high performance reagents, and over the coming months we will be adding revolutionary molecular diagnostic products to our portfolio. Randox continues to lead global diagnostic innovation in one of the world’s fastest growing and most quality-conscious markets.”
For more information on Barry Douglas and Camerata Ireland please contact the Randox PR team at RandoxPR@randox.com
A recent study completed by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) reported an all-time high of 3.6 lakh kg narcotic drugs seized in India in 2017, this was an increase of over 300 percent in the last five years. Known as ganja, cannabis is the most widely abused drug in India, increasing from 40,113 in 1999 to 352,379 by 2017, according to The Times of India.
(Sourced: The Times of India: Drug abuse on the rise in India, Ganja most in demand)
A prevalent issue in the north of India is pharmaceutical drug abuse, both over the counter and prescription drugs. The Times of India reported that 566,450 bottles of cough syrup, 58,463 injections and more than 6,300,000 tablets were recovered across India in 2017. Among the drugs being smuggled out of India and into countries such as America and Canada is the opioid painkiller Tramadol, which is not covered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
With daily drug seizures across the country, the situation in India has been described as akin to the US national opioid emergency. Therefore, it has been suggested that a harm-reduction approach be taken to educate the young and tackling substance abuse.
Using our revolutionary Biochip Array Technology, the Evidence MultiSTAT is a fully automated analyser that enables on-site simultaneous detection of up to 21 classical, prescription and synthetic drugs from a single sample. Designed to work across a variety of matrices and generate results in under 20 minutes, Randox Toxicology have changed the landscape of drug detection forever.
For further information about the Evidence MultiSTAT and our cutting-edge multiplex testing capabilities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be put in touch with a sales member or visit www.randoxtoxicology.com
Here at Randox, we’re a diverse bunch, spread over 145 countries in the world. We have more than 1400 employees of 44 nationalities, including 300 research scientists and engineers. Needless to say, the Randox family is a multicultural one!
We have four key manufacturing and R&D sites – in County Antrim, Northern Ireland; Dungloe, County Donegal, Ireland; Bangalore, India; and the Greater Washington DC area, in the U.S. This month, our We Are Randox article focuses on the team in Bangalore.
Randox India, located alongside other high-tech industries based in Bangalore, consists of 37 office staff and 77 field staff, including customer support engineers and sales managers. A base for administration, sales and manufacturing in India, the Bangalore site, set in the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, services the 3.3 million square kilometre country.
Photographed are members of the Randox team in Bangalore from the following departments;
- Accounts and Finance
- Customer Support Engineers
- Logistics and Trading
- Quality Control
- Research & Development
- Human Resources
Brian Walsh, Manufacturing Manager at Randox India, said:
“The photograph below was taken during this year’s Diwali, which is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn in the northern hemisphere. Danny Maguire, who is based in Ardmore at Randox HQ, was over on business at the time and joined us in celebrating this cultural tradition.
“It is one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, and spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.
“We all really enjoyed having Danny with us and sharing some of our customs and values with him, many of which our team members based in other sites across Randox would not know about.
“We hope to welcome many more of our colleagues from across the globe to Randox India in the near future!”
Want to know what it’s like to work in Bangalore? Read all about when we met up with Pankaj Chitkara, who is our National Sales Manager for the RX Series in India.
For further information on the Randox Bangalore team, please contact the Randox PR team via email: email@example.com or phone 028 9442 2413