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Micro-lab testing facility

The need for professional food testing laboratories is increasing, due to escalating regulatory requirements for primary producers, food manufacturers and food service sectors. The department's innovative food technologies group is satisfying this need with the establishment of a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited food testing microbiological laboratory in Far North Queensland.

The facility provides rapid, expert and confidential food microbiological testing for manufacturers and processors on a competitive fee-for-service basis. Accreditation certificates by NATA are acceptable for 29 countries and will satisfy all Australian Quarantine Inspection Services (AQIS) requirements.

Foods tested

Our qualified team analyses a large variety of food types including:

  • food service
  • meat
  • game and poultry
  • seafood
  • aquaculture
  • fruit, vegetables and nuts
  • dairy products
  • beverages
  • condiments
  • water (drinking quality)
  • environmental samples
  • processed foods.

Microbiological services

Comprehensive microbiological testing offered by the Cairns laboratory includes:

  • standard plate counts
  • yeast and moulds
  • coliforms
  • E. coli
  • listeria
  • salmonella
  • coagulase-positive staphylococci.

Contact

Phone: +61 7 4241 8228
Fax: +61 7 4241 8290
cairnsmicrolab@daf.qld.gov.au

21 Redden Street
Portsmith, Cairns
Queensland 4870
Australia

Last updated 22 August 2017