The National Measurement Institute (NMI) works with the Australian food sector on a range of metrology capabilities and services.
The main drivers of our work within the sector relate to:
We aim to deliver world class measurement solutions for a fair, safe, healthy and competitive Australia.
Our unique capabilities include:
As diets evolve and science is increasingly used in food production, we need to respond to new measurement challenges.
We work with government, industry and academia to identify and measure:
Our emerging work also includes:
Our work has direct implications for consumers, government, industry and the broader Australian economy.
We produce many influential scientific publications and presentations relating to food metrology. Our research is recognised globally.
We chemically characterised manuka honey as part of a major study in 2016 on behalf of the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries.
This characterisation enables screening and certification of honey as genuine New Zealand manuka.
We play a leading role in supporting the Department of Agriculture to determine effective and practical approaches to screening honey products entering Australia.
Our Bioanalysis Group offers a range of unique capabilities to identify species in rendered meats and bone meal.
We check for genetically modified materials in various commodities.
Our work includes screening stockfeed to minimise the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy – mad cow disease.
We have a strong history in the area of food allergen research and play a leading role in the international community.
We developed specialised methods for identifying the proteins responsible for allergic reactions to seafood. We have refined tests to detect allergens across a broad spectrum of foods.
We promote excellence in the field through the Allergen Testing Special Interest Group, Food Allergen Management Symposium and the Association of Official Analytical Chemists.
We have a number of key responsibilities in the food sector, including:
Food safety is a primary concern to our stakeholders and a driving force behind the work we do.
We provide leading measurement services to ensure food safety, including testing for:
We assist trade in the food sector by providing measurement services, reference materials, proficiency studies and contributing to accreditation activities.
We assist food producers, growers, and retailers to meet measurement requirements.
We advise government regulators, monitors, enforcement agencies and standards bodies.
We take part in a number of international committees, such as the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling.
This ensures Australia’s international reputation in food measurement, safety and trade is upheld.
Measurement is an important tool for primary producers, food processors and packaging suppliers.
Our work helps to determine nutritional and functional parameters, productivity and yield outcomes.
We help processors, retailers and consumer groups identify the nature of food taints, spoilage and foreign matter.
We profile food products for quality aspects such as flavour and odour.
NMI has a unique capability for investigating the presence of undeclared animal species in raw and processed meats, dairy and fish.
We help consumer interest groups and Australian media to validate claims and follow up product safety.
We provide independent measurement verification and assurance to trading partners, regulators, industry and laboratories.
We are a peak body for advice to government in food metrology. We work with the following organisations:
We play a leading role in the following major programs:
Last updated: 8 December 2020
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