Microbiological Food Testing

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Our Invercargill laboratory specialise in the microbiological testing of meat, fish, food, and environmental swabs. The team supports several meat, fish, and food businesses across the Southland region with their testing requirements for export and local selling of products.  

The laboratory is registered to carry out testing for the National Microbiological Database programme (NMD) of which primary processors of meat and game must be a part of. They also hold Ministry of Primary Industry recognised laboratory programme accreditation (MPI-RLP). These accreditations are in place to assess risk and determine food safety before reaching the consumer.

What do we test for?

Cereals and cereal products

Salmonella, staphylococcus aureus, yeast, and moulds

Edible oils, fats/derived products

Salmonella, yeast, and moulds

Dairy products

Salmonella, aerobic plate count, coliforms, E. coli, listeria spp, staphylococcus aureus, yeast, and moulds

Meat, poultry and derived products

Salmonella, aerobic plate count, coliforms, E. coli, enterobacteriaceae, listeria spp, staphylococcus aureus

Fish and fish products

Listeria monocytogenes, salmonella, aerobic plate count, coliforms, E. coli, enterobacteriaceae, listeria spp, staphylococcus aureus

Eggs and egg products

Salmonella, aerobic plate count

Animal feeds

Salmonella, enterobacteriaceae

Plant hygiene evaluation

Environmental swabs - Listeria monocytogenes, salmonella, aerobic plate count and staphylococcus aureus

Related Testing Services

Scientist swabbing red meat for testing purposes

Microbiological food testing (Invercargill only)

Testing of meat, fish, food, and environmental swabs. Most tests carried out are to ensure the safety of foods for export and selling on the local market.

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Fresh clams for sale at the market

Shellfish

We are IANZ accredited for shellfish and crustacean testing and have experience testing for biological materials.

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Assortment of different soils for testing

Solids and biosolids

Our laboratories are accredited to test solids, soils, sludges and biosolids for a range of metals, microorganisms, and organic chemistry matter.

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