Our team is IANZ accredited for shellfish and crustacean testing and has considerable experience testing a variety of shellfish and other biological materials. Testing is tailored to suit our customers’ needs. 

When it comes to metals, our inorganic chemistry department uses the latest technology to detect and analyse up to 40 metals in shellfish. Metals that can be tested for include aluminium, arsenic, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, lead, potassium, and zinc.  

Testing for microorganisms in shellfish can also be important, we can test for adenovirus, campylobacter, Escherichia coli, enterovirus, faecal coliforms and salmonella testing. 

Organics can also be present in shellfish, contaminants can wash off into waterways affecting shellfish on their way. Common tests we can carry out are organochlorine pesticides (OCP) phenols and more. Get in touch with us to find out our full range of organic testing on shellfish. 

What do we test for?


Clostridium perfringens

E. Coli


Faecal coliforms



Phage F specific as wet weight on shellfish


Presumptive culturable adenoviruses on shellfish

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.

Fresh clams for sale at the market


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

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.