Approved Laboratories for testing of imported food

Find out what laboratories are approved to test different types of imported food.

Choosing a laboratory

If you are importing a food that requires Food Safety Clearance, your food may need to be tested.

This testing must be done at a laboratory approved by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Listed on this page are 'High Regulatory Interest'(HRI) and 'Increased Regulatory Interest' (IRI) foods which may need testing for Food Safety Clearance. For each food type, you can see which laboratories are approved to do the required tests.

You will need to tell a food safety officer (FSO) what lab you want to do the testing when booking an appointment for sampling. Use the lists to select which labs you want your tests sent to.

Foods that need more than one test

If your food needs several tests:

  • all applicable tests must be done before Food Safety Clearance will be granted
  • you don't have to use the same laboratory for all of them.

Contact information for all the laboratories is listed at the bottom of this web page.

The information in the lists is subject to change without notice. It is current as of 6 August 2020.


Find a lab to do your test

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Dairy: Fresh cheese, curd cheese, and soft cheeses (pasteurised)
Approved laboratoriesListeria monocytogenes
AsureQuality (Auckland)
Eurofins Food Analytics (Auckland)
Hill Laboratories (Hamilton)
Eurofins ELS (Lower Hutt)
Cawthron (Nelson)
AsureQuality (Christchurch)
Hill Laboratories (Christchurch)
ESR (Christchurch)
Eurofins ELS (Christchurch)
MLS Watercare (Invercargill)
Fish: Histamine-susceptible fish and fish products
Approved laboratoriesHistamine
AsureQuality (Auckland)
Hill Laboratories (Hamilton)
Cawthron (Nelson)
Hill Laboratories (Christchurch)
ESR (Christchurch)
Fish: Ready-to-eat (RTE) smoked fish and smoke-flavoured fish (chilled)
Approved laboratoriesAerobic plate countListeria monocytogenesSalt (NaCl)
AsureQuality (Auckland)  ✔  ✔
Eurofins Food Analytics (Auckland)  ✔  ✔  
Hill Laboratories (Hamilton)  ✔  ✔  
Eurofins ELS (Lower Hutt)  ✔  ✔  
Cawthron (Nelson)  ✔  ✔  ✔
AsureQuality (Christchurch)  ✔  ✔  
Hill Laboratories (Christchurch)  
ESR (Christchurch)  ✔  ✔  
Eurofins ELS (Christchurch)  ✔  ✔  
MLS Watercare (Invercargill)      
Frozen berries

 

Approved laboratoriesE.coli
AsureQuality (Auckland)
Eurofins Food Analytics (Auckland)
Hill Laboratories (Hamilton)
Eurofins ELS (Lower Hutt)
Cawthron (Nelson)
AsureQuality (Christchurch)
Hill Laboratories (Christchurch)
ESR (Christchurch)
Eurofins ELS (Christchurch)
Meat: Fermented meat products, meat paste, and pâté
Approved laboratoriesCoagulase-positive StaphylococciListeria monocytogenesSalmonella
AsureQuality (Auckland)
Eurofins Food Analytics (Auckland)
Hill Laboratories (Hamilton)
Eurofins ELS (Lower Hutt)
Cawthron (Nelson)
AsureQuality (Christchurch)
Hill Laboratories (Christchurch)
ESR (Christchurch)
Eurofins ELS (Christchurch)
MLS Watercare (Invercargill)  
Nuts: Peanuts, pistachio nuts, and their products (including peanut butter)
Approved laboratoriesTotal aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1, G2)
AsureQuality (Auckland)
Hill Laboratories (Hamilton)
ESR (Christchurch)
Seafood: Bivalve molluscan shellfish (BMS) and products containing BMS
Approved laboratoriesMarine biotoxinsE.coliListeria monocytogenesNorovirus
AsureQuality (Auckland)    ✔  ✔  
Eurofins (Auckland)    ✔    
Hill Labs (Hamilton)    ✔    
Eurofins ELS (Lower Hutt)        
ESR (Kenepuru)      
Cawthron (Nelson)  ✔  ✔  ✔  
AsureQuality (Christchurch)    ✔    
Hill Labs (Christchurch)    ✔    
Eurofins ELS (Christchurch)    ✔    
Seafood: Ready-to-eat (RTE) crustaceans* and their products

*Includes lobsters, crabs, bugs, shrimps, and prawns.

Approved laboratoriesListeria monocytogenesSalmonella
AsureQuality (Auckland)  ✔
Eurofins (Auckland)  ✔
Hill Labs (Hamilton)  ✔  ✔ 
Eurofins ELS (Lower Hutt)  ✔  
Cawthron (Nelson)  ✔  ✔
AsureQuality (Christchurch)  ✔  
ESR (Christchurch)
Hill Labs (Christchurch)  ✔  
Eurofins ELS (Christchurch)  ✔  
MLS Watercare (Invercargill)    
Seeds: Tahini and crushed sesame seeds and any products containing them
Approved laboratoriesSalmonella
AsureQuality (Auckland)  
Eurofins Food Analytics (Auckland)  
Hill Laboratories (Hamilton)  
Eurofins ELS (Lower Hutt)  
Cawthron (Nelson)  
AsureQuality (Christchurch)  
Hill Laboratories (Christchurch)  
ESR (Christchurch)  
Eurofins ELS (Christchurch)  
Spices: Pepper, chilli, and paprika
Approved laboratoriesSalmonella
AsureQuality (Auckland)
Eurofins Food Analytics (Auckland)
Hill Laboratories (Hamilton)
Eurofins ELS (Lower Hutt)
Cawthron (Nelson)
AsureQuality (Christchurch)
Hill Laboratories (Christchurch)
ESR (Christchurch)
Eurofins ELS (Christchurch)
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Labs and their contact information

These are all the Approved Laboratories. You can also find this list in the Food Notice:

Importing Food [PDF, 583 KB]

Location

Laboratory Name

Courier Address

Phone

Auckland

AsureQuality Ltd Laboratory Services - Auckland

131 Boundary Rd
Blockhouse Bay
Auckland

09 626 8203

Auckland

Eurofins Food Analytics NZ Ltd - Auckland

35 O'Rorke Rd
Penrose
Auckland

09 579 2669

Hamilton

R J Hill Laboratories Ltd - Hamilton

221A Ellis St
Frankton
Hamilton

07 858 2000

Wellington

Eurofins ELS Ltd - Wellington

85 Port Rd
Moera
Lower Hutt

04 576 5016

Kenepuru

Institute of Environmental Science & Research Ltd (ESR) - Kenepuru

34 Kenepuru Dr
Kenepuru
Porirua

04 914 0700

Nelson

Cawthron Institute - Nelson

98 Halifax St East
Nelson

03 548 2839

Christchurch

AsureQuality Ltd Laboratory Services - Christchurch

Unit 1
6H Sir William Pickering Dr
Christchurch

03 358 1830

Christchurch

Institute of Environmental Science & Research Ltd (ESR) - Christchurch

27 Creyke Rd
Ilam
Christchurch

03 351 6019

Christchurch

Eurofins ELS Ltd - Christchurch

43 Detroit Dr
Rolleston

03 343 5227

Christchurch

R J Hill Laboratories Ltd - Christchurch

101C Waterloo Rd
Hornby
Christchurch

03 377 7176

Invercargill

Watercare Services Ltd - Invercargill

142 Esk St
Invercargill

03 214 4040

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