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The National Measurement Institute offers an extensive range of chemical, microbiological and sub-contracted tests. We offer the convenience of national coverage with facilities and partnerships across Australia.

Our world-class food measurement services and solutions:

  • enhance Australian trade, quality and innovation
  • empower sound food regulation
  • enable greater consumer protection and awareness

Our capabilities

As Australia’s peak measurement body, we:

  • offer a comprehensive range of professional, impartial and high quality measurement services, including specialised and crisis response testing
  • are a trusted service provider to government, industry and academia; supporting major strategic programs and industry-led research
  • partner with leading organisations locally and internationally
  • work with the Australian food sector on a range of metrology capabilities and services
  • deliver measurement that is meaningful, impactful and at the forefront of measurement science

Our certifications and accreditations

We have a strong commitment to quality. Our laboratories hold a range of certifications and accreditations including:

Our key services 

We lead metrology in many important areas, from food allergens to per and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food. We apply our range of specialist capabilities and novel technologies to areas such as food-borne pathogens and food provenance and authenticity.

NMI undertakes contract method development to address measurement gaps, supporting Australian Industry.

Email food@measurement.gov.au to discuss how we can tailor our capabilities to meet your specific analysis requirements.

Compliance support services 

We provide analytical services to meet compliance obligations, such as::

Reference materials

We produce and certify reference materials of:

NMI is an International Depository Authority for receiving and storing deposits under the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure.

Food and agricultural safety and compliance 

We analyse and provide services for:

  • bio-toxins in seafood:
    • histamine and other biogenic amines
    • domoic acid (ASP) 
    • paralytic shellfish toxin (PST/PSP)
    • diarrhetic shellfish poison (DSP)
  • mycotoxins:
    • aflatoxins – B1, G1, B2, G2
    • aflatoxin M1 in dairy
  • organic contaminants:
    • poly chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
    • dioxins and ‘dioxin like’ (PCBs)
    • phthalates
    • poly aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
    • per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) / perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
    • volatile and semi-volatile organics (VOC and SVOC)
  • dairy contaminants
    • nonyl-phenols
    • quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs)
    • dicyandiamide (DCD)
    • melamine and cyanuric acid
  • agricultural chemical residues:
  • veterinary chemical residues:
    • antibiotics residues 
    • fluoroquinolones, quinolones and malachite green
    • rodenticides
    • non-antibiotic veterinary drugs
    • non-steroidal anti-inflammatories
    • tetracycline
    • nitrofurans
    • metals and inorganic contaminants
    • heavy metals, including inorganic As, Cd and Hg
    • food standards code compliance testing
  • microbiological services
  • food borne virus testing
    • hepatitis A
  • carbon monoxide in packaged fish and meat products

Food allergen and intolerance proteins for labelling and compliance 

We analyse:

  • gluten
  • peanut
  • tree nut
  • egg
  • milk
  • soy
  • seafood/crustacean
  • sesame

Nutritional testing

We provide nutritional testing services for:

  • compliance with nutrition panels for Australian and international market requirements
  • food constituents:
    • fat, protein, ash, moisture 
    • fatty acid profile 
    • amino acid profile 
    • sugars profile 
    • sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus 
    • cholesterol, phytosterols 
    • proximates including peroxide value, acidity, free fatty acids, total solids 
  • fat soluble vitamins and nutrients
    • retinol (vitamin A)
    • carotenes (alpha and beta)
    • ergocalciferol (vitamin D2)
    • cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) 
    • tocopherols and tocotrienols (vitamin E)
    • phylloquinone (vitamin K)
  • B group vitamins and nutrients
    • thiamin (vitamin B1)
    • riboflavin (vitamin B2)
    • niacin (vitamin B3)
    • pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5)
    • vitamin B6 
    • vitamin B12
    • folic acid 
    • folates 
    • vitamin C

Food authenticity and provenance

We provide authenticity and provenance services for:

  • honey 
    • New Zealand official Manuka honey chemical characterisation
    • bioactivity magnesium oxide (MGO)
    • hydroxyl methyl furfural (HMF)
    • dihydroxy acetone (DHA)
    • other quality parameters available upon request
  • DNA based speciation
    • common species for cooked and processed meats
    • rendered meals and pet foods
    • fish
    • dairy
  • ruminant DNA in stockfeed 
    • bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) 
    • rendered meats and bone meal (MBM)
  • product profiling and comparative analysis (instrumental) 
    • flavour 
    • odour
    • taint
  • genetically modified commodities (GMO)

Nanometrology  

We have highly specialised and unique capability in nano scale metrology, focusing on particle characterisation. 

Packaging 

We provide packaging services for:

  • chemical migration on plastics including gravimetric, metals and organics
  • shelf life impact studies
  • phthalates
  • bisphenol A
  • inks and dyes
  • mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH)

Investigative analysis

We can investigate and provide advice on:

  • chemical taints
  • foreign matter
  • chemical and microbiological spoilage

Request a quote or discuss your requirements  

Submitting your samples 

  1. before submitting your sample please contact us first to discuss your requirements and receive a quote 
  2. read our terms and conditions 
  3. once you’ve received your formal quote, complete the sample submission form 
  4. deliver your samples together with your completed form in business hours (delivery address located on the form)

Please note: 

  • you must cover delivery costs
  • we don’t accept responsibility for a sample’s safety or integrity until it’s received 

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Contact us

  • For general enquiries, including the Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS) please email: food@measurement.gov.au   
  • For enquiries or updates on your work order please phone: 1300 722 845 

See also 

Read the FSANZ Food Standards Code

Last updated: 13 September 2019

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