Food Testing

Microbiological Testing of Food

Food products and production facilities

Food producers can take advantage of our range of microbiological testing solutions to help you ensure that your food production facilities continue to comply with requirements.  All of the main testing groups are supplied to food producers throughout New Zealand. 

About this Testing

Our extensive microbiology testing service is used by a large number food producers, importers and regulators to ensure food products comply with the relevant, in-house, industry, New Zealand or International Standard.

The main types of test on sample types are as follows:

  • Aerobic plate count
  • Salmonella (by PCR)
  • Listeria monocytogenes (by PCR)
  • Listeria species (by PCR)
  • Enterobacteriaceae
  • Total coliforms
  • Faecal coliforms
  • E.coli
  • STEC E.coli (including E.coli O157) (PCR)
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Bacillus cereus
  • Lactic acid bacteria
  • Mesophilic spores
  • Yeasts & moulds
  • Campylobacter
  • Vibrio


Food microbiology testing is now available at our Hamilton laboratory, as well as Blenheim and Christchurch.


Other Services

  • Shelf life testing
  • Challenge testing for antimicrobial effectiveness
  • Hygiene monitoring of manufacturing sites (swabs)
  • Sampler training for water and swabbing
  • NMD audits


Unsure about the correct container to use to submit a sample? Consult our container catalogue

Analysis Request Forms


Contact Us


Freephone 0508 HILL LAB (44 555 22) or email

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