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Microbiological Food Testing

Specialised Food - Microbiological Testing

Agrifood Technology is a NATA accredited specialised Microbiological Testing Laboratory - offering complete microbiological services in Food & Feed safety testing.

"Complete Microbiological services in Food & Feed safety testing"

All testing services carried out adhere to stringent accreditation and quality assurance requirements (NATA and certified to ISO 9002 Quality Management Systems). Microbiological testing is an important component of any food safety program and as such, timely testing and service is imperative.

Agrifood Technology provides a wide range of microbiological services to assist with your product release requirements, as well as ensuring the safety and hygiene of your production processes and environmental safety systems through environmental and surface swab testing.

Tools used for microbiological food testing

Key Tests:

Yeast and Mould
Coagulase positive Staphylococcus
Standard Plate Count
Bacillus cereus
Clostridium perfringens
Lactic acid bacteria



Download Information & Forms:

Microbiological Services - Brochure

Microbiological Fact Sheet

Food Safety Brochure

Water Testing at Agrifood DML - Client information

Microbiology Water Sample Submission form

Water sample collection instructions for Microbilogical testing

Link to full NATA accreditation:

Food matrices covered include:

  • Cereal products
  • Nuts and nut products
  • Dairy products
  • Meat and meat products
  • Poultry and poultry products
  • Fish, crustaceans and molluscs
  • Sugar products, honey and confectionery
  • Vegetables and vegetable products
  • Fruit and fruit products
  • Beverages
  • Animal feeds
  • Mixed Foods
  • Herbs and spices
  • Pet foods
  • Finished products



Milling Services

Milling Services

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The high milling quality of Australian wheat assures its value on the world market. Being able to provide customers with information as to the suitability of this wheat to particular processing techniques and end products is of immense value.

Supplementing the grain quality information Agrifood Technology is able to provide, our laboratory can complete the quality profile by conducting analysis on flour and dough characteristics. Agrifood Technology offers an in depth look at milling yield, compositional breakdown of flours and strength of doughs.

Our customers are then able to determine the suitability of their grain to particular end products. Flour is produced and extraction rates determined in controlled conditions using Buhler pilot mills. Follow on tests include:

  • Farinograph
  • Alveograph
  • Extensograph
  • Amylograph
  • Kent Jones & Minolta colour
  • Starch damage

Do you have the perfect grain to meet your requirements?

If your buyer wants white wheat to make udon noodles, you need to make sure you are selling the right blend of white wheat. Colour tests are just the beginning. Agrifood Technology tests all the key attributes of your grain and grain products to determine quality, milling yield, flour composition and dough strength. This will provide you with information to determine the suitability of grain for a particular end-product or a particular processing technique.

Nutritional & Water Testing

Agrifood Technology WA offers an extensive range of agro-nutritional services. These include analysis of:

  • Water
  • Soil
  • Plant Tissue
  • Fertilisers
  • Lime (Dolomite)

Lab beakers used for water testingWhy Do I Need My Water Tested?

In Perth, there are a number of aquifers, allowing both residential and commercial bores to be dug to access this ground water. Due to the requirement to have bore water tested, some of Agrifood Technology’s main customers for water analysis are bore drillers and irrigation specialists who require analysis on both new and existing bore water.

As bore water is often high in iron and calcium and/or salinity, water analysis ensures that the bore water can be used efficiently to water plants, trees and lawns.


Agrifood Technology also offers a water monitoring service for a number of local councils and private sporting organisations (golf courses etc). This monitoring service provides analysis of water quality at designated times throughout the year (e.g. quarterly). Our staff are able to take the water samples, conduct the analysis and provide a comprehensive report, including recommendations.

Agrifood Technology also provides services to a number of horticulturalists who require a holistic analysis service, investigating the nutritional profile of their soil, irrigation water, fertiliser and plant tissue.

Lime AnalysisPDF



Any Questions About Our Water Testing Services?  Contact Us!

End Product Assessment

Agrifood Technology's Product baking and noodle assessment services are invaluable in fine-tuning formulations and manufacturing processes. The work conducted by our highly skilled staff can provide your company with vital advice on improving product quality, nutritional value and processing techniques, thus allowing you to increase consumer satisfaction, streamline techniques and significantly reduce your processing costs.

The laboratory offers a range of services that include:

  • assessment of the suitability of flour for particular end products
  • analysis of the composition of flour and the effect components have on end product quality and processing
  • the effect additives may have on end product quality
  • additives which increase nutritional or processing characteristics
  • development of new products

Agrifood Technology's End Product laboratory has been conducting analysis of wheat products for over 10 years. Over that time, our laboratory has developed market driven and comprehensive end product assessment on a large range of products.

Our laboratory has a fully equipped test kitchen where new products can be produced and evaluated. Additionally, all research is fully supported by our grain quality and flour and dough rheology testing and as such, supporting data required to design and carry out experiments can be conducted rapidly and efficiently.

Food Safety Testing in VIC

Agrifood Technology specialises in a variety of food safety testing options, including pesticide residue testing, mycotoxin analysis, virus testing and microbiological analysis.

Whether you’re a farmer, a baker or another kind of food manufacturer, we can help determine if your products meet Australia’s food safety regulations. With three locations, we provide services to growers and manufacturers across the country.

Allergen Fact Sheet /Brochure download:

Allergen Brochure

Importance of Food Safety Testing

In order to comply with the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, all manufacturers and growers must ensure that their food products do not exceed the maximum allowed amount of contaminants, whether chemical or natural (for example, pesticides or fungi, respectively). To ensure that your products meet these standards, it’s important to have your produce and food products tested.

Agrifood Technology offers a range of food safety tests to ensure that your products adhere to regulatory systems such as those set by the Safe Quality Foods Institute and Wheat Quality Australia.

To learn more about our food safety testing services or schedule an appointment, fill out our contact form or call one of our laboratories:

  • Werribee, VIC: 1 800 801 312
  • Derrimut, VIC: +61 (0)3 9369 5018
  • Fremantle, WA: +61 (08) 9418 5333

For more information about the varieties of food safety testing we perform, check out the information below.

Pesticide Residue Testing

Agrifood Technology is one of Australia's leading pesticide residue testing services. We have over 20 years of combined experience in pesticide residue testing, meeting the strictest guidelines of our own quality programs, HACCP, SQF, WQA and other regulatory systems.

Agrifood Technology's highly experienced analysts conduct pesticide residue testing of over 20,000 samples a year using automated analytical instruments to test for fumigants, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides containing a range of chemical groups such as:

  • Carbamates
  • Fumigants              
  • Fungicides
  • Heavy metals
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • Microbiological analysis
  • Mycotoxins
  • Organochlorines
  • Organophosphates
  • Synthetic pyrethroids


Food that has received pesticide residue testing in VICConsumer expectations for the assurance of the quality and safety of food and feed continue to increase. There is a growing demand for products to have safe microbial levels, be free from pesticide residues and produced under the assurances of quality programs such as HAACP, SQF and related regulatory or customer systems.

To satisfy this demand, Agrifood Technology has developed an extensive range of analytical services to meet the needs of a diverse customer base and increasingly vigorous food safety laws. All of our analyses are conducted by highly experienced analysts and are governed by rigorous laboratory monitoring standards which ensure the accuracy of our results.

The laboratory's operations also conform to the requirements of the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA ISO 17025) are ISO 9001 (2000) accredited and are recognised by a number of other regulatory bodies including the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare.

Fresh Produce TestingPDF

Mycotoxin Analysis

GrainsMycotoxins are chemicals produced by the growth of moulds and fungi on agricultural crops and a variety of food and livestock feed products, due to poor harvesting conditions and/or improper storage. Their presence poses a serious threat to the health of consumers.

Agrifood Technology's mycotoxin testing service for the grain, food, feed and seed industries ensures your products pose minimal health risks.



Agrifood Technology's mycotoxin testing portfolio includes analysis for the presence of:

  • Aflatoxins
  • Alternaria toxins
  • Citrinin
  • Corynetoxin
  • Deoxynivalenol
  • Fumonisin
  • Nivalenol
  • Ochratoxin
  • Patulin
  • Phomopsin
  • T2-toxin
  • Zearalenone

Virus Testing

In response to industry concerns, Agrifood Technology has developed a capability to conduct virus testing on various seed products. Having seed analysed for viruses prior to sowing is of particular concern this season. Agrifood can conduct testing for:

  • CMV
  • AMV

Please feel free to contact Agrifood to discuss these testing requirements further.

Microbiological Analysis

Microbiological Services - Brochure

Agrifood Technology can conduct microbiological analysis including pathogen testing to determine food product hygiene using traditional test methods. Tests on food, feed and water include:

  • Coliforms
  • E.coli
  • Listeria
  • Salmonella
  • Yeasts and Mould
  • Coagulase positive Staphylococcus
  • Standard Plate Count

Grain Quality

Flour Quality Testing Services

If you are using any quantity of grain in your food or feed product, you need to know the quality. Agrifood Technology gives you a complete grain profile - a total grain quality assessment - so that you have the detailed information you need to make those all-important decisions about your end-products.

Using rigorous scientifically proven methodologies and quality control procedures with fast turnaround times, in a fully independent laboratory, Agrifood Technology uses the latest techniques in physical and chemical testing to determine your grain's key attributes and suitability for specific end-users.

There's simply no other laboratory that has our capabilities, expertise - and track record. Agrifood Technology has over 20 years of expertise in testing for the grains industry and is the major provider of testing services to Australia's multi-billion dollar wheat market.

Why would you trust anyone but the leader in grain quality analytical solutions?

Grain Quality Testing

Grain before flour quality testing

The tests Agrifood Technology provides for grain quality assessment include:

  • Admixture
  • Ash
  • Falling number
  • Foreign material
  • Kernel weights
  • Moisture
  • Protein
  • Screenings
  • Test weight
  • US dockage
  • Visual assessment
  • Wet gluten

Find out more:

Grain & Flour TestingPDF

Agrifood Technology has the capability to conduct Germination testing on grains. This is a critical assessment of your grain prior to sowing of the new season's crop.

Every year Agrifood Technology conducts an average of 124,000 tests on 25,000 samples.

Any Questions About Our Grain Quality Testing Services?

Nutritional Profiling & More

Nutrititional Profiling

Label used in nutritional profilingNeed Food Testing? Gluten-free? Low-salt? No saturated fats? Health benefits? Vitamin-enriched? With nutritional profiling by Agrifood Technology, you can back your food product claim with the facts and keep consumers in the know.

With highly experienced scientists who are experts in their chosen fields, and quality assured scientific testing in state-of-the-art laboratories, Agrifood Technology quickly and accurately determines the nutritional value of your product. We help you meet rigorous regulatory codes and mandatory food standards, and comply with all of the Australian and international quality control and labeling requirements.

It's not only the regulations you need to satisfy. Consumers today are much more aware of the health benefits of many foods and are demanding a much greater level of information. Agrifood Technology can supply the information consumers want - right down to vitamin content and micro-nutrients - so you can get your food out in the marketplace and on the shelf. 

Nutritional Testing

Agrifood Technology screens a wide range of food products to detect ingredients and components such as:

  • Cholesterol
  • Mono, poly, unsaturated & saturated fats
  • Gluten
  • Protein
  • Sodium, Calcium & Potassium
  • Total carbohydrates (sugar & starch)
  • Total dietary fibre
  • Total energy

Food Safety Brochure

Processed FoodPDF

Stockfeed Analysis


Agrifood Technology's stockfeed analysis services provide you with information about:

  • Acid detergent fibre
  • Ash
  • Cholesterol
  • Crude fibre
  • Energy
  • Fat
  • Lysine
  • Moisture
  • Neutral detergent fibre
  • Protein
  • Starch
  • Sugar
  • Total carbohydrates
  • Total dietary fibre
  • Vitamins 

Stringent Oilseed Testing

Canola, safflower, sunflower, linseed and other oilseeds and their by-products are tested for oil content and moisture using traditional wet chemistry methods or rapid Near Infrared Reflectance (NIR) technology. Oils can also be further tested for free fatty acids, peroxide values and fatty acid profiles.

Wheat has the most stringent quality assessment tests of any other unprocessed food for export. Agrifood Technology conducts most of them.

Whether you are a food manufacturer or processor or a stockfeed producer, the provision of quality information is essential in setting your product apart from the competition. Agrifood Technology conducts analysis for Australian food and feed manufacturers that provides guidance for quality control, dietary management, labelling and compliance with Australian food standards and regulations.

Highly experienced analysts conduct the analyses in modern well-equipped facilities and our rigorous laboratory monitoring procedures ensure the accuracy of the results provided. The laboratory's operations conform to the requirements of the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA ISO 17025) and ISO:9001 (2008) certified.

Services Summary

Fruit that has gotten water testing

Agrifood Technology test results provide valuable information for use in all areas of agribusiness and assist commercial businesses to meet consumer expectations for the assurance of the quality and safety of food, feed and other agricultural products.

  • Grain quality assessment    
  • Nutritional labelling
  • Pesticide residues    
  • Plant tissue
  • Mycotoxins    
  • Allergens
  • Water, soil & fertiliser analysis    
  • Stockfeed analysis
  • Microbiological testing


Microbiological Services - Brochure

Food Safety Brochure

Allergen Brochure