People selling Botox injections on the black market may now be easier to catch thanks to new monitoring technologies and equipment that are designed to protect people from bioterrorism and other terrorist attacks. Universal Detection Technology has developed a set of bioweapons detection kits to seek out fake versions of Botox that have made their way out onto the black market, and these tools may make it easier for law enforcement personnel to control and regulate the production and distribution of counterfeit Botox around the United States.
According to Jacques Tizabi, CEO of Universal Detection Technology, “The growing black market for counterfeit Botox, while a consumer protection issue, should be a major red flag for our national security. Universal Detection Technology is prepared to equip law enforcement, military, special forces and customs agents with the tools necessary to easily detect the lethal bioagent botulinum toxin, as well as a host of other deadly biohazards.” (Source: MedicalNewsToday.com)
The Department of Homeland Security and local law enforcement agencies can now use Universal Detection Technolgoy’s tools to detect lethal bioagents and fake botulinum toxins, along with a number of other biohazards that are frequently imported to and distributed around the United States.
The detection kits are designed to identify up to five separate threats using a single device. These kits are capable of detecting anthrax, rice, Y.pestis, Botox and Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B (SEB). The total detection time is typically less than three minutes, and is a simple, easy-to-use device that provides rapid onsite detection. Results of a study conducted by Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies were published in the June issue of Scientific American¸ and indicate that the counterfeit products can pose a serious health threat because botulinum toxin is so toxic.