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Randox launches new COVID-19 testing facility at Heathrow Airport

Randox launches new COVID-19 testing facility at Heathrow Airport

27 January 2021: Randox launches new COVID-19 testing facility at Heathrow Airport

Global healthcare diagnostics company Randox Health has announced a new COVID-19 testing facility at Heathrow Airport.

The service from Randox, which is the largest COVID-19 testing provider in the UK and Ireland, and a partner in the UK Government’s National COVID-19 Testing Programme, uses gold standard PCR technology to generate results in 1 – 3 hours.

The laboratory is capable of processing up to 1000 samples per day, for both fit to fly and test to release, which allows individuals in England returning home from international travel to stop self-isolating if they get a negative test result after 5 days.

Dr Peter FitzGerald, Randox Founder and Managing Director commented;

“We continue to expand our portfolio of bespoke testing products and services, and our new testing facility at Heathrow Airport brings us one step closer to a timely return to a more normal society.

“It’s great to be able to provide our fit to fly and test to release services to the airport and help support their enormous efforts to restore public confidence in international travel and get people back in the air again.”

The Randox testing facility at Heathrow Airport runs in partnership with Doctap who provide a team of certified Sample Collection Officers to perform the swabbing on site.

A Laboratory Technician subsequently expedites the sample and reports the results, meaning that a fit to fly or test to release certificate that would normally take up to 48 hours now takes as little as 1 hour, and no longer than 3 hours to deliver a certificate back to a customer.

To book a test please visit Doctap.co.uk/randox or check out our London PCR Travel Test Sites here.

For further information on the Mobile Testing Laboratory please email mobiletesting@randox.com

 

Randox Health offers a range of COVID-19 testing services for fit to fly, test to release, workplace testing or simply for peace of mind.

Order a home sample collection kit, book an appointment at a Randox Health Travel Centre (available in the UK and Ireland) or visit a Randox Mobile Laboratory (located at Heathrow and Liverpool Airports).

COVID-19 antibody testing is available in Randox Health Clinics.

 

 

 

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Dog Food Recalled Due to Potentially Unsafe Levels of Aflatoxin

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Dog Food Recalled Due to Potentially Unsafe Levels of Aflatoxin

The importance of screening food for toxins has been highlighted this month with the recent news that Midwestern Pet Foods Inc. have extended their product recall after reports that the pet food has potentially caused the deaths of 70 dogs due to containing possibly unsafe levels of aflatoxin.

The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement that it has been “aware of more than 70 dogs that have died and more than 80 that are sick after eating Sportmix pet food.”

Aflatoxins are mycotoxins produced by two species of Aspergillus, a fungus which is especially found in areas with hot and humid climates. Aflatoxins have a wide occurrence in feed and cereals, such as wheat, barley, rice and corn, which are used as ingredients in pet food. At high levels, aflatoxin can cause illness and death in animals.

Midwestern Pet Foods first announced a voluntary recall on Dec. 30, extending it last week. “There have been reports of illnesses and deaths in dogs associated with certain lots of products. No human illnesses have been reported,” the company said in a recall announcement. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have expanded this recall to cover all corn products containing pet foods with expiration dates prior to 07/09/22.”

Aflatoxin poisoning can display in animals with symptoms such as sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice and diarrhoea.

The expanded recall includes “additional corn-containing lot codes of Sportmix, Pro Pac Originals, Splash, Sportstrail, and Nunn Better dry dog and cat foods” that were produced in its Oklahoma manufacturing plant. A full list of recalled products can be found here.

Randox Food Diagnostics

Randox provide solutions to the agricultural industry by having developed a range of screening platforms for toxins and drug residues within feed and cereals. Multiple mycotoxins can affect crops and drug residues can pass through to feed causing adverse health effects in both humans and animals.

Myco 9 facilitates the detection of up to 9 common mycotoxins from a single sample of cereal or cereal based feed, including aflatoxin B1/B2, aflatoxin G1/G2, deoxynivalenol, diacetoxyscirpenol, fumonisins, ochratoxin A, paxilline, T2 toxin & zearalenone.

For more information on the antibiotic screening arrays available contact us at: info@randoxfooddiagnostics.com

 

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23rd January 2021: 9 million tests on the National Testing Programme

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23RD JANUARY 2021: THE 9 MILLION MILESTONE 

We are pleased to let you know that on 23rd January 2021, Randox reported its 9 millionth test result to the UK COVID-19 National Testing Programme.

That’s an incredible 9 million samples processed, tested and reported by our dedicated and talented staff.

Our staff are our best asset and have risen to the challenge this pandemic has created.

They have worked hard and flexibly, been creative and innovative, and pulled together as a team to make an impact in the fight against COVID-19.

We are very proud of their efforts and teamwork.

Let us once again say thank you to each and every member of Team Randox, for the efforts they have made.

What we do at Randox remains vital to the national and global management of COVID-19 and our work is making a real and positive difference.

We continue to work hard and improve, for the sake of our family, friends and communities.

For further information please email randoxpr@randox.com

 

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COVID-19 Testing Partnership with Belfast International Airport

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12 January 2021: COVID-19 Testing Partnership with Belfast International Airport

Global diagnostics firm Randox is working in collaboration with Belfast International Airport, to provide quick and affordable tests for passengers.

A new walk in testing facility has been launched at the airport, providing rapid PCR tests for those who require a negative test before travelling on any essential journeys.

The newly formed service will provide passengers with a cost-effective, reliable and convenient COVID-19 testing service prior to their travels.

Graham Keddie, Managing Director at Belfast International Airport said:

“Many destinations now require passengers, who have to travel for essential reasons, to have a negative PCR COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before arrival. It is essential that we are able to introduce these measures as testing will help protect travellers and staff, and provide an increased level of confidence for those travelling when current lockdown restrictions ease.

 

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“In the long run it should help assist in the recovery of the aviation and travel sector, however it is only a start and we need more to be done in terms of both the vaccine and testing.”

“Swabs are administered by trained sample collection officers which decreases the likelihood of an inconclusive result. Tests are then conducted by Randox scientists at a state-of-the-art testing laboratory within easy reach of the airport, ensuring the price is kept to a minimum and the results can be turned around quickly.

 “We already have a close working relationship with Randox and we are delighted to partner with them on this important development for the travel industry.”

The new COVID-19 facility on site at Belfast International Airport provides a convenient location for passengers right across Northern Ireland, with free onsite parking available. Passengers can receive their certified results next day, which if negative, allow them to travel to their required destination.

Sophie Boyd, Project Manager for the Randox Express COVID-19 Testing Service, said:

“We are proud to be working with Belfast International Airport to make COVID-19 testing accessible, affordable and reliable for all travellers who need to make essential trips.

“We have worked hard to ensure the PCR test is as easy as possible for passengers. People can simply visit the airport website to book a test at a date and time to suit. They can then arrive for their test and receive their results the next day via email.

“It’s great to be able to provide this service to the airport and help support them in getting people back in the air when they are able to do so.”

This new testing provision will strengthen the health measures already in place at the airport in line with the international campaign “Protecting each other” developed and promoted by VINCI Airports for all the airports in its network worldwide.

Based on hygiene recommendations issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), this campaign helped improve the cleaning and disinfection protocols, physical distancing, staff protection and passenger communications since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 testing from Randox is available to book now and passengers will be able to attend a Randox Testing facility at the airport, or at a Randox Health Clinic in either Crumlin or Holywood. The price is £99.

To book a test with Randox please visit booking.randox.com

 

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7th January 2021: 8 million tests on the National Testing Programme

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7TH JANUARY 2021: THE 8 MILLION MILESTONE 

We are pleased to let you know that on 7th January 2021, Randox reported its 8 millionth test result to the UK COVID-19 National Testing Programme.

That’s an incredible 8 million samples processed, tested and reported by our dedicated and talented staff.

Our staff are our best asset and have risen to the challenge this pandemic has created.

They have worked hard and flexibly, been creative and innovative, and pulled together as a team to make an impact in the fight against COVID-19.

We are very proud of their efforts and teamwork.

Let us once again say thank you to each and every member of Team Randox, for the efforts they have made.

What we do at Randox remains vital to the national and global management of COVID-19 and our work is making a real and positive difference.

We continue to work hard and improve, for the sake of our family, friends and communities.

For further information please email randoxpr@randox.com

 

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