DTS Food Assurance

Food Testing Laboratory

DTS Food Assurance specialises in testing services to food manufacturing industries such as the meat, dairy, confectionery and beverage sectors.

Monitoring of packaging materials and effluents

DTS Food Assurance provides monitoring of packaging materials, water and effluents.

The company has been ISO: 17025 accredited since 1961 and works by forming partnerships to become an integral part of clients' business and supply chain through analytical and assurance services.

Microbiological testing

Using high levels of automation and rapid technology, DTS Food Assurance offers analysis for food pathogens such as salmonella, E coli, Listeria, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), Vibrio and Staphylococcus.

DTS Food Assurance's microbiological services include the analysis of organisms that affect shelf life performance for perishable foods and bacterial identification.

Physical testing for food products

Sensory evaluations for taints, storage trials, head space analysis and photo microscopy services are available, as well as particle/mesh size, viscosity measurements, product functionality tests and foreign body identification.

DTS Food Assurance can conduct tests using Brookfield viscometers, sieve shakers, optical photo microscopes, freeze dryers, platform and high shear mixers, sample homogenisers, stomachers, centrifuges, and pH/conductivity meters.

Tests can be conducted for appearance, bulk density, brix, colour, dispersibility, extraneous matter, flavour, odour, foreign matter, heat stability and insoluble matter.

The company also measures melting point, mesh size, scorched particles, sediment, specific gravity, solubility, solids, water activity, refractive index, density and viscosity.

Food allergen detection

DTS Food Assurance uses enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) technology to discover food allergens in raw materials, environmental swabs, material in production and end products.

The company quantifies peanut, hazelnut, almond, soy, sesame, milk (lactoglobulin and casein), egg, crustaceans and gluten proteins.

Customised training, risk assessment and profiling is available to provide staff with the knowledge and tools to manage food allergens in a production environment.

Genetically modified organism (GMO) testing

Representing the Genescan brand in genetically modified organism (GMO) technology, the DTS Food Assurance GMO laboratory is accredited to ISO: 17025 standards for the detection of genetically modified organisms.

Using real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology, analysts can detect the presence of genetically modified material at very low levels.

Qualitative and quantitative GMO testing is provided for raw materials and processed foodstuffs for the Australasian and South East Asia regions.

DTS Food Assurance's GMO services can test for all commercialised GMO plants in the world. Standard screening tests can detect more than 90% of GMO plant varieties in the marketplace.

Chemistry and nutrition testing

One of the major global trends driving innovation across the food industry is the relationship between health, wellness and nutrition. DTS Food Assurance uses its state-of-the-art chemistry centre to meet the needs of the food industry and retailers.

Chemistry and nutrition testing offered by DTS Food Assurance includes FODMAPs, protein and fats, including saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, trans and omega fats.

Testing is available for moisture, ash, vitamins, minerals, residue testing, dietary fibre and novel fibres such as resistant maltodextrin, inulin and polydextrose.

Food forensics and milk analytical services

DTS Food Assurance specialises in forensic microscopy and food forensics, and are supported by an experienced in-house team and equipment assets with access to FTIT and scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

The company addresses the key cause of product recalls, including allergen and microbial contamination, as well as non-compliant labelling.

Other areas of expertise include assisting clients in consulting, on-site troubleshooting, risk profiling, review and reporting to help protect brands.

DTS Food Assurance improve the quality of milk from farms through herd testing, raw milk quality, calibration samples and detection of common mastitis producing organisms through reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RtPCR).

All testing services are approved by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry (DAFF), National Heart Foundation Tick, and FODMAP.

About DTS Food Assurance

DTS Food Assurance was founded in 1954 to provide microbiological and chemical test results for export products to Europe.

The company is excited to be part of food safety and assurance excellence, supporting the industry and helping to provide healthy food for local and international markets.

Contact Details

DTS Food Assurance
3-5/352 Macaulay Road
Kensington, 3031
Unit 3, 63-71 Boundary Road, North Melbourne
+61 3 8371 7600
+61 3 9372 2013

Available White Papers


Client Risk Mitigation Services 11 May 2015 The leading cause of product recalls in Australia is the presence of undeclared allergenic material, microbial contamination and labelling errors.


DTS Food Laboratories - A Leader in Food Testing 10 April 2014 DTS Food Laboratories offers comprehensive analytical services to the food and allied industries, supported by our extensive accreditations and expertise.

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