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Randox sponsors Féile Róise Rua Festival in Donegal

Féile Róise Rua returns to your screens this year with an online festival programme including a live streamed broadcast from Árainn Mhór in partnership with Other Voices on the 15th of May.

Féile Róise Rua was set up in 2018 as a voluntary community based festival to revive the local music and song tradition on the island, in particular the music of local singer and song collector Róise Rua.

This year’s festival will include exclusive performances from some of Ireland and Scotland’s finest artists including Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Steve Cooney, Nia Byrne, Thomas McCarthy, Brian Danny Minnie, Anna Bean Uí Ghallachóir, Brìghde Chaimbeul, Griogair Labhruidh and Radie Peat (Lankum).

 

Viewers can expect to feel like they are at an intimate music session with these guests as they sing, play and interact with the audience throughout the live stream. There will be some new footage from musician and documentary maker Myles O’Reilly as he spends time on the island before the weekend. Viewers will feel as if they have travelled to Árainn Mhór to be part of the festival, including a live online singing session, dance workshops, song workshops and even a crankie making workshop.

Philip King, founder of Other Voices, said:

It’s just a delight  for all of us at Other Voices to be  partnering with Féile Róise Rua and to help bring a glimpse of this magical place to the world. As John Berger says “Songs can express the inner experience of being and becoming” and at Féile Róise Rua on Arranmore Island with songs and singing, tradition, translation and transmission at the heart of the festival, that’s exactly what happens.’

As part of the livestream the Féile Róise Rua community also hope to raise money for the local community centre which is central to life on the island and has been hit hard by the Covid 19 restrictions, causing huge loss of income.

Brian Mac Gloinn of Ye Vagabonds and a member of the Féile Róise Rua team, will host the sessions and said:

‘Between musicians and listeners, songs and tunes have their own space in the air, in our collective voices and in our imaginations. On the 15th of May, at Féile Róise Rua’s live stream, I look forward to sharing this space on the island, through our online connections, with a brilliant gathering of musicians and an audience all over the world.’

The festival is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Foras na Gaeilge, Ealaín na Gaeltachta , Randox, Donegal County Council and Three Ireland.

Aislinn O’Connor, Marketing Director UK & Ireland at Three said:

“At Three Ireland we’re delighted to be able to bring connectivity once again to Arranmore island – this time providing Ireland’s fastest network to the Féile Róise Rua Music & Singing Festival in association with Other Voices. So, sit back, relax, and turn the volume up on what promises to be an unforgettable weekend of live Irish music.’

 

It will be broadcast live via Féile Róise Rua and Other Voices on Facebook, Twitter & Youtube on 15th May at 8pm. For more information, go to www.feileroiserua.com or follow Féile Róise Rua on all social media.

For press enquiries please contact Amy Millar in the Randox PR team on amy.millar@randox.com or 028 9442 2413

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Fillfidh Féile Róise Rua i mbliana le clár iomlán ar-líne, agus craoladh beo ó Árainn Mhór i gcomhpháirtíocht le Other Voices ar an 15ú lá Bealtaine.

Cuireadh tús le Féile Róise Rua in 2018 mar fhéile dheonach phobail, chun traidisiún cheoil agus amhránaíochta an oileáin a athbheochan, go háirithe ceol an amhránaí agus an bhailitheora áitiúil amhrán, Róise Rua.

I bhféile na bliana seo, beidh ceol ó chuid de na ceoltóirí is fearr in Éirinn agus in Albain: Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Steve Cooley, Nia Byrne, Thomas McCarthy, Brian Danny Minnie, Anna Bean Uí Ghallachóir, Brìghde Chaimbeul, agus Radie Peat (Lankum).

Is féidir leis an lucht féachana a bheith ag súil le bheith páirteach i seisiúin cheoil an-phearsanta leis na haíonna seo agus iad ag seinm ceoil, ag canadh agus ag déanamh caidrimh leis an lucht féachana le linn an bheoshruthaithe. Beidh píosaí úra scannánaíochta ón cheoltóir agus ón déantóir clár faisnéise, Myles O’Reilly, ón seal a chaith sé ar an oileán roimh an fhéile. Tá súil againn go mothóidh an lucht féachana go bhfuil siad linn ar Árainn Mhór, agus iad ag glacadh páirte i seisiúin ceoil beo ar líne, ceardlanna damhsa, ceardlanna amhránaíochta, agus fiú ceardlann ar conas crankie a dhéanamh.

Deir Philip King, bunaitheoir Other Voices:

‘It’s a delight for all of us at Other Voices to be partnering with Féile Róise Rua and to help bring a glimpse of this magical place to the world. As John Berger says “Songs can express the inner experience of being and becoming” and at Féile Róise Rua ón Arranmore Island with songs and singing, tradition, translation and transmission at the heart of the festival, that’s exactly what happens.’

Mar chuid den bheoshruthú tá coiste Fhéile Róise Rua ag súil le hairgead a bhailiú ar son an ionaid phobail áitiúil. Tá an t-ionad lárnach i saol an oileáin. Chuir srianta COVID 19 isteach go mór air toisc cailliúint mhór ioncaim.

Deir Brían Mac Gloinn, ó Ye Vagabonds, a bheidh mar láithreoir ar na seisiúin:

Idir ceoltóirí agus éisteoirí, bíonn a spás féin ag amhráin agus fonn san aer, inár nguthanna agus inár samhlaíocht. Ar an 15ú Bealtaine, ag beosruthú Fhéile Róise Rua, tá mé ag súil go mór le bheith i gcuideachta ceoltóirí den scoth agus lucht féachana domhanda, sa spás seo ar an oileán, tríd ár nascanna idirlín”.

Tá an fhéile maoinithe ag Comhairle Ealaíona na hÉireann, Foras na Gaeilge, Ealaín na Gaeltachta, Randox, Comhairle Chondae Dhún na nGall agus Three Ireland.

Dúírt Aislinn O’Connor, Stiúrthóir Margaíochta ag Three Ireland:

At Three Ireland we’re delighted to be able to bring connectivity once again to Arranmore island – this time providing Ireland’s fastest network to the Féile Róise Rua Music & Singing Festival in association with Other Voices. So, sit back, relax, and turn the volume up on what promises to be an unforgettable weekend of live Irish music.’

Beidh an craoladh beo le Féile Róise Rua agus Other Voices ar Facebook, Twitter agus YouTube ar an 15ú Bealtaine ag 8 a chlog trathnóna. Le tuilleadh eolais, téigh chuig www.feileroiserua.com nó lean muid ar na meáin shóisialta.

 

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The Importance of Testing as Staff Return to the Office

The Importance of Testing as Staff Return to the Office

29 April 2021

The ongoing pandemic continues to impact daily life. COVID-19 has changed how we socialise, work – whether from home or from the office – and furthermore our daily routines. Even with the easing of restrictions, we will all have to live with a ‘new normal’ for quite some time.

COVID-19 has altered the way which we consume, and drugs and alcohol are no exception. The closure of pubs and restaurants have meant that supermarket and off-licenses have seen alcohol sales soar due to drinking from home being the main way to consume alcohol. Drug consumption has been affected, with supply chains being impacted due to lockdowns & limitations on travel distances.

Some studies have begun to emerge; which highlight how consumption trends have changed since COVID-19 begun.

 Below are some of the key findings:

  • 47% of Britons who drink stated that they had been drinking earlier in the day since lockdown started – a figure that was higher than for most other nations included in the survey.

  • In addition, over 50% of Britons revealed that they had increased the number of days on which they drink, with a third of British respondents also reporting an increase in binge drinking. (Global Drug Survey)

  • One in five drinkers (21%) said they have been drinking more frequently since the lockdown. This equates to around 8.6 million UK adults who may be drinking more frequently. (Alcohol Change)

  • UK wholesale prices of heroin and cocaine seen an increase in 2020, some heroin is of ‘low-quality’ and fentanyl is more available. (Release)

  • A survey done by Scottish drug treatment, Crew found that 58% of the 300 responses reported to taking drugs more often. Reasons stated; stress, boredom, isolation.

  • Global Drug Survey is undergoing a report of 48,000 responses that will show how COVID-19 affects illegal drug use.

Returning to Work?

The reason for highlighting the above figures is to show how workplace testing for drugs & alcohol shifted dramatically. Whilst for many companies lockdown meant adjusting to working from home, other business sectors continued to operate as normal, including Randox Testing Services. If you are now thinking of returning your staff to the office, Randox Testing Services (RTS) remains open and fully operational and available to carry out testing.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, RTS have continued to provide drug & alcohol testing services. At all times, we have ensured our staff are equipped to provide sensible advice and flexible solutions to drug & alcohol testing.

We have provided each Collection Officer with full PPE to ensure they meet requirements for personal and professional safety. Full social distancing guidelines are always followed whilst conducting testing. We continue to advise and navigate companies through this period as more businesses return to the office and more testing is required.

Importance of testing

The stats mentioned at the top of this article highlight the changing nature of how people have consumed alcohol and drugs over the last 12 months. With increases being seen in both quantity of consumption and frequency, it is important that companies are aware of the potential dangers that may arise if a member of staff arrives to the office intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.

In addition to the alcohol stats, annual research is also carried out to highlight drug consumption patterns. According to research by Public Health England and the devolved nations’ Health Departments, the most recent surveys covering England, Wales and Scotland reported the highest prevalence of drug use in the past 10 years. From the most recent surveys, the prevalence of any drug use in the last year was 9.4% in England and Wales, 12% in Scotland, and 5.9% in Northern Ireland.

In September 2020, a report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction said Scotland had the highest recorded drug death rate in Europe, far ahead of Sweden in second place. More than 1,200 people in Scotland died of drug misuse in 2019.

In April 2021, a report from Alliance Health Alcohol stated that more the 80 people in the UK die every day because of alcohol-related causes.

The consumption of drugs & alcohol in these uncertain times can cause untold potential dangers for employers. With staff working from home for over a year, many may have turned to alcohol more than what they intended.

Contact us today and speak with our experts who will provide more information about how testing works and the ways in which RTS can help your company if you are returning to the office.

E-mail: testingservices@randox.com

Phone: +44 (0) 28 9445 1011

Web: www.randoxtestingservices.com

 

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The Silent Diabetes Pandemic: A Randox Reagents Blog

The Silent Pandemic

A striking statistic is that an estimated 4.2 million people die annually from Diabetes complications and it is anticipated it will be the seventh leading cause of death by 2030.

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) has reached the status of  ‘global  pandemic’, a phrase we have become all too familiar with due to the current global Covid-19 pandemic, but one we now know not take for granted.

Diabetes is a chronic, potentially life-threatening disease and can cause a myriad of health complications which affect the feet, eyes, kidneys, and cardiovascular health.

Early detection and treatment of diabetes is key, particularly as many people with type 2 diabetes have no signs or symptoms but do have associated risk factors.

Randox is committed to raising awareness of preventative healthcare related to Diabetes through advancing diabetes testing capabilities, including diabetes diagnosis & monitoring, and monitoring of associated complications including; ketoacidosis, renal dysfunction, and metabolic status.

The Randox Diabetes testing panel consists of ten assays including niche and superior performance assays that are compatible with a wide range of clinical chemistry analyzers.

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The Importance of Third-Party Controls #LABWEEK2021

 

In the clinical laboratory, Quality Control (QC) refers to the process of detecting analytical errors to ensure both the reliability and accuracy of patient test results. Poor performance can result in misdiagnosis, delayed/inappropriate treatment, increased costs and may even be potentially life threatening for the patient. Third party controls offer a better solution to ensure optimum performance and accuracy.

When the laboratory professional runs the QC material on their instrument, they can compare the obtained result with the expected result. If these values are comparable, then the laboratory professional can be confident that their instrument is reporting accurately. Essentially, QC is a ‘practice run’ to ensure the testing system is working correctly.

Benefits Of Using Third-Party Controls

Third party controls have been designed to deliver an independent, unbiased assessment of performance with any instrument or method helping you gain accreditation. Below are some of the key benefits of third party controls:

  • Values assigned using a large number of independent laboratories ensuring statistically valid targets.
  • Highly consolidated controls allow for space, time, and ultimately, cost savings.
  • Boosted shelf life ensures continuity of supply and reduced costs
  • Reduced preparation times by removing the need for multiple instrument controls

Importance Of Third-Party Controls In The Midst Of COVID-19

Quality Control is a hugely important part of laboratory quality. Around 70% of clinical decisions are made based on laboratory results, so it is plain to see how significant Quality Control practices can be in relation to global health care. Having faith in the performance of the Quality Control used within the lab, as well as benefits gained from highly consolidated controls, allow for space, time, and ultimately, cost savings. These benefits would prove highly beneficial for any laboratory operating in the fast-paced environment posed by the pandemic.

How Randox Can Help

Randox Acusera true third party quality controls offer complete test menu consolidation for laboratory Internal Quality Control. Providing accurate and reliable sample material and delivering results you can trust.

Find out more: https://www.randox.com/laboratory-quality-control-acusera/

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Randox launches COVID-19 Travel Centre in Letterkenny

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22 April 2021: Randox launches COVID-19 Travel Centre in Letterkenny

An €89 COVID-19 Testing Service launches this week in a new Randox Health Travel Centre in Letterkenny.

The testing service from Randox, a laboratory partner in the UK’s National COVID-19 Testing Programme, utilises robust and reliable method PCR testing, currently recognised and approved by every country worldwide for its accuracy and sensitivity in the detection of COVID-19.

The launch of the Travel Centre, which offers rapid next day delivery of results, can be used for pre-departure screening, on-arrival testing to reduce quarantine timeframes, or simply for peace of mind.

Sophie Boyd, Project Manager for the Randox COVID-19 Testing Service, explained;      

 “In addition to our Travel Centres in Dublin, Limerick, Sligo, Cork and Galway, we are pleased to expand our testing service to Letterkenny, to serve the Donegal area with our accurate and cost-effective COVID-19 test.

“Whilst restrictions and guidance during the pandemic continue to evolve, testing will remain a key part of the response to COVID-19 – not only to identify outbreaks, isolate cases and prevent further spread, but also to assist with a return to social and economic normality.”

Randox recently reduced announced their support for those undertaking international travel by reducing the cost of their PCR travel tests.

The cost of an in-clinic appointment in a Randox Health Travel Centre has been reduced from €99 to €89.

Sophie continued;

“In recognition of the needs of both the travel industry and the general public at this unprecedented time, Randox has reduced the all-inclusive cost of our PCR testing.

“We are committed to providing competitive, effective and efficient testing to support holidaymakers and those undertaking international travel and the opening of the Randox Health Travel Centre in Letterkenny is another positive step towards the normalization of travel and other social activities.”

Letterkenny Travel Centre

The Randox €89 Express COVID-19 Testing Service is open to all asymptomatic individuals and operates from the Radisson Blu Hotel at Letterkenny Retail Park.

Randox Health PCR Testing is also available at Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport, and in Leopardstown Dublin, Limerick, Sligo, Cork and Galway.

Visit booking.randox.ie to book your appointment. Results are returned the next day.

 

For further information on Covid testing at Ireland please contact the Randox Covid Customer Support team on covidcustomersupport@randox.com or 0800 2545 201.

For press enquiries please contact Amy Millar in the Randox PR team on amy.millar@randox.com or 028 9442 2413

 

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Further expansion at Randox labs with recruitment drive for 400 new staff

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Further expansion at Randox COVID labs with recruitment drive for 400 new staff

Randox Laboratories is hiring a further 400 new staff in support of its COVID-19 testing operations at the Randox Science Park in Antrim.

The healthcare diagnostics company has increased its workforce by over 850 staff since the beginning of the pandemic and continues to recruit to enhance its laboratory capacity within the UK’s National COVID-19 Testing Programme, and for those requiring PCR testing before travel.

Vacancies are available across science, accessioning, manufacturing and customer support.

 

Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing Director of Randox Laboratories, commented;

 “With our headquarters in the Randox Science Park in County Antrim, we are fortunate to benefit from Northern Ireland’s incredible talent pool across a variety of disciplines, and so many have already responded to our call for support in fighting the coronavirus. 

“Our staff have risen to the challenge this pandemic has created, been incredibly resourceful and flexible, and pulled together as a team to make an impact in the fight against COVID-19. They are our best asset and we are very proud of their efforts.”

Earlier this month Randox reached a significant testing milestone, with 12 million tests completed since its testing began.

Thanks to significant private investment, Randox’s testing capacity, which in March 2020 was just 150 tests per day, has now increased to 120,000 daily COVID tests, making Randox the most productive laboratory in the UK and Ireland.

Dr FitzGerald continued;

“The completion of over 12 million gold-standard PCR tests for the UK’s National Testing Programme, representing approximately 21% of all PCR tests executed in the UK, is testament to the hard work and dedication of all our staff.

“We continue to play a vital role in the national network of testing, which is of critical importance and remains a key part of the response to COVID-19 – not only to identify outbreaks, isolate cases and prevent further spread, but also to assist with a return to social and economic normality.”

Recruitment drive 200 staff

Anyone interested in joining Randox’s COVID-19 Testing Programme should apply at https://randox.getgotjobs.co.uk/

For press enquiries please contact Amy Millar in the Randox PR team on amy.millar@randox.com or 028 9442 2413

 

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Randox Covid Test Centre Opens at Belfast City Airport

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Randox has today opened a new Covid-19 testing facility with Belfast City Airport.

The test centre, purpose-built by leading Belfast building firm H&J Martin, offers quick and affordable PCR and antigen (lateral flow) tests, with its opening coinciding with the resumption of international flights from Belfast City Airport.

Airport Operations Manager, Judith Davis, explained:

“Flights have resumed today from Belfast City to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport with our airline partner KLM, which is another positive step as airlines across the world rebuild and restart their networks.

“Currently the Dutch Government requires all passengers entering the Netherlands to have taken and returned a negative result from both a PCR and an antigen (lateral flow) test. Providing this service on-site is the ultimate convenience for our passengers, which is something we pride ourselves on and continually strive to enhance.”

PCR tests by Randox at Belfast City Airport are available at the reduced price of £85, with antigen tests available for £45. Judith details further the benefits this offers the people of Northern Ireland;

“These tests, which must be pre-booked, aren’t just reserved for passengers flying from Belfast City Airport but are also available for non-flying members of the general public.

“The fact that results from the antigen tests are returned within one hour, and a digital ‘safe to fly’ certificate is issued directly to the passenger’s mobile device, is also another huge bonus and adds a further layer of convenience for our customers who need to travel.”

Speaking of the partnership with Belfast City Airport, and the importance of this test facility at the UK and Ireland’s most convenient airport, Project Manager at Randox, Sophie Boyd, said:

“Randox are committed to supporting those wishing to undertake international travel, including holidays, and the travel industry. In doing so we believe we will be improving wellbeing and supporting employment.

“As flights resume and we open the Randox Health Travel Centre at Belfast City Airport we will provide competitive, effective and efficient testing to support the travelling public.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Belfast City Airport and wish them every success in re-establishing their international travel links.”

(l-r John McConnell of H&J Martin, Judith Davis, Airport Operations Manager, and Sophie Boyd, Project Manager at Randox)

This Covid-19 testing facility is the latest health and safety measure to be implemented at Belfast City Airport, which was the first airport in Northern Ireland to achieve the ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation for its extensive, thorough, and best-in-class passenger safety procedures.
 
“The wellbeing of our passengers and staff remains of paramount importance to us and those travelling to the airport can be reassured that stringent measures are in place for their safety,” Judith concluded.

Covid-19 testing at the Airport is available by appointment only and slots can be booked now at https://booking.randox.com/

 

For further information on Covid testing at Belfast City Airport please contact the Randox Covid Customer Support team on covidcustomersupport@randox.com or 0800 2545 201.

For press enquiries please contact Amy Millar in the Randox PR team on amy.millar@randox.com or 028 9442 2413

 

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Cross Border Collaboration delivers International Award for High Design Quality: Randox Discovery, The Benchtop Lab receives Red Dot Design Award

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Cross Border Collaboration delivers International Award for High Design Quality: Randox Discovery, The Benchtop Lab receives Red Dot Design Award

 The Randox Discovery, an exciting and unique diagnostic analyser which can consolidate molecular and immunoassay testing on one compact benchtop platform, has received the 2021 Red Dot Award for High Design Quality.

Red Dot, which has become established as one of the top profile product design awards has roots dating back as far as 1955 and determines the best products created each year. Recognised as one of the largest global product competitions for innovation excellence, this sought-after seal for quality design attracts submissions from over 50 countries, across 49 different categories including medical devices and technology.

 

Dr Stuart Jackson, Randox Project Design Engineer, commented;

“Randox are delighted to have achieved the Red Dot design award, the culmination of five years of development and coordination of engineering design teams spanning two continents. The Discovery is a particularly unique innovation capable of automating Randox Biochip molecular diagnostics assays, from sample lysis and end-point PCR to multiplexing detection, with accessibility and ease-of-use at the forefront of the design.”

Dolmen were briefed by the Randox team to develop a creative and dynamic way to showcase the cutting-edge inner workings of the Discovery. Essentially, to turn the magic of the machine into a piece of theatre; not just a tool, but the centre of attention, a focal point for the lab that has excellent usability and accessibility throughout. Dolmen and Randox collaborated closely to deliver a revolutionary instrument that, amongst its many abilities, is a COVID-19 diagnostic analyser that is the first of its kind.

Chris Murphy, CEO and Design Director, Dolmen Design and Innovation, commented;

“We are delighted that our collaboration with Randox has delivered another Red Dot design award for our team. Randox as a team truly value the power of design and how it can deliver better outcomes for end users. It is also wonderful to see our designs delivering positive change at the frontline of the COVID pandemic. This project was hugely collaborative, and we look forward to more collaborations in the future.”

What makes the Discovery special is its ability to conduct the full testing process, inclusive of sample preparation techniques such as extraction, purification, amplification and detection, in one highly intelligent, fully integrated space. The preparation of COVID-19 samples before testing was once lengthy and time-consuming, requiring a separate, sterilized laboratory for each stage, but can now be conducted on-board and by the fully automated Discovery platform, allowing a single operator to run multiple molecular tests simultaneously.

Combining almost 40 years of diagnostics into one platform, bringing multiple labs into one the COVID-19 diagnostic analyser is the first of its kind to combine sample preparation techniques and Biochip Technology.

Professor Dr. Peter Zec, Red Dot CEO, commented;

 “The winners of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2021 were particularly impressive this year. The design of their products is excellent, in terms of both the aesthetic and the functionality. It’s not easy to prevail in such a strong field of competitors and to win over our jury. Consequently, I want to congratulate the laureates very sincerely on their success.”

For further information please email randoxpr@randox.com

 

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Banned substance furazolidone (AOZ) detected in shrimp at French border

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14 April 2021: Banned substance furazolidone (AOZ) detected in shrimp at French border

As per an alert through RASFF – the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed for the EU, shrimp imported from India has been rejected at the French border in March 2021 for containing a banned substance, known as furazolidone (AOZ). The shrimp product has since been destroyed and did not make it into the market for distribution.

Nitrofuran antibiotics, the parent compound of AOZ, were banned for use in animal food production in the EU in 1995 and 2009 in the US for its reported carcinogenic and mutagenic characteristics. However due to the drugs low cost and effectiveness in controlling disease it is still in use despite the ban.

Randox Food Diagnostics

Randox Food Diagnostics have developed a highly accurate and reliable immunoassay array which detects Nitrofuran residues including AOZ, AMOZ, AHD and SEM.

Available on the Evidence Investigator, our Antimicrobial Array III utilises our patented Biochip Array Technology which provides screening of up to 54 meat and seafood samples. The Evidence Investigator provides results for multiple drug residues and toxins in just 2.5 hours, saving the user both time and money compared to other screening and confirmatory methods.

Randox Food Diagnostics also provide a vast variety of ELISA kits to test for antibiotics in meat and seafood 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.

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Randox Covid-19 PCR Tests Reduced to £60 for Overseas Travel

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Tuesday 13th April 2021

Randox Covid-19 PCR Tests Reduced to £60 for Overseas Travel

Randox, the UK’s largest Covid-19 PCR testing provider, today announced their support for UK holidaymakers seeking trips overseas by reducing the cost of PCR tests to support travel to £60 per test.  Currently PCR tests can cost from £100 each, and often much more.

This announcement comes hot on the heels of the Department for Transport’s plans to open-up overseas travel, potentially from as early as 17th May, but dependent on PCR testing pre-departure and on return. Specific PCR testing requirements will be based on the grading of destination countries within a green, amber and red traffic light system.

Last week UK transport secretary Grant Shapps sought to lower the cost of coronavirus testing to help encourage foreign holidays this summer – and Randox have led the response.

Dr Peter FitzGerald, Randox Managing Director said;

“In recognition of the needs of both the travel industry and the British public at this unprecedented time, Randox will reduce the all-inclusive cost of PCR testing for those in the UK undertaking international travel to £60 per test. We can see the pressures faced by the both the travel industry and the general public and are committed to effective and economical testing to support holidaymakers and those undertaking international travel.

The £60 PCR test is based on a testing kit ordered, on-line, for home sample collection with the sample returned to the laboratory for testing.  The cost is inclusive of VAT and logistics.   In order to achieve the £60 price, which is limited to those undertaking international travel, purchasers will need to apply a discount code which can initially be obtained from airlines when booking travel.

Those passengers wishing to order a Randox PCR COVID-19 home test should visit: https://www.randoxhealth.com/covid-19-home-testing-kit/

Randox have been active in Covid-19 testing since early 2020, and currently have the largest Covid-19 testing network within the UK.

 

Background Notes

The Department of Transport report, produced by the Global Travel Taskforce and released on 9th April, shows how international travel could resume from 17 May 2021 at the earliest, in an accessible and affordable way. This includes the removal of the permission to travel form – meaning passengers would no longer need to prove they have a valid reason to leave the country.

The UK is a global leader in genome sequencing, which in positive cases allows the identification of variants of concern.

The risks posed by these variants remain significant, and restrictions for inbound passengers, such as 10-day managed quarantine, home quarantine, and stringent testing will remain in place – but will apply to people differently depending on whether the destination visited is categorised as ‘green’, ‘amber’ or ‘red’.

Green: arrivals will need to take a pre-departure test as well as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on or before day 2 of their arrival back into the UK – but will not need to quarantine on return (unless they receive a positive result) or take any additional tests, halving the cost of tests on their return from holiday

Amber: arrivals will need to quarantine for a period of 10 days and take a pre-departure test, and a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 with the option for Test to Release on day 5 to end self-isolation early

Red: arrivals will be subject to restrictions currently in place for ‘red list’ countries which include a 10-day stay in a managed quarantine hotel, pre-departure testing and PCR testing on day 2 and 8

Testing remains an essential part of protecting public health as restrictions begin to ease – with all arrivals who are not exempt required to book a pre-departure, day 2 and day 8 test before travelling.

 

For further information on our £60 PCR test please contact the Randox Covid Customer Support team on covidcustomersupport@randox.com or 0800 2545 201.

 

For press enquiries please contact Amy Millar in the Randox PR team on amy.millar@randox.com or 028 9442 2413

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