Updates to our Food Safety Report
Our Food Safety Report has recently been updated, enabling you to see at a glance whether your water sample passes the food safety classification. A pass classification is assigned if turbidity results are less than or equal to 5.0 NTU and E.coli is less than 1, as per New Zealand Food Safety: Template Food Control Plan, S39-00002.
For further information on Food Safety testing requirements, refer to our article below “Water Testing for Food Safety” (first published November 2019).
When owning or running a food business that uses self-supplied water, MPI requires you to ensure that clean water is used in the processing and handling of food. To assist you in complying with these requirements, Hill Laboratories offers a dedicated kit and testing profile for food safety water testing.
Self-supply water refers to water obtained directly by the operator from sources such as bore water, rainwater, surface water, or groundwater, which is distinct from water supplied by a registered drinking water supplier (e.g a district or city council). MPI state that self-supply water must meet the following criteria for food processing and handling.
Note: If your self-supply water is chlorinated, on-site pH and free available chlorine testing is also required by MPI.
To order sampling kits and testing please visit our website.
Please note that we must receive the samples back at the lab within 24hr and < 10°C to process the sample for E.Coli. There are instructions in the kit regarding the best way to achieve this.
For more information on MPI Requirements for Food Control Plans, view the MPI website here.