FreshTest® is the largest and most comprehensive testing program in Australian Horticulture.

FreshTest® is an Australian Chamber of Fruit and Vegetable Industries or Fresh Markets Australia (FMA) initiative to provide low cost MRL (chemical residue) and microbial testing for Wholesalers and their Growers in Australia’s Central Markets. The tests are confidential and are used for verification for food safety and Quality Assurance systems. Since its introduction in December 2001 FreshTest® has grown to become the largest and most comprehensive horticultural residue-testing program undertaken in Australia. It continues to grow as more industry participants make use of the facility.

The benefits of using FreshTest®

  • We have a dedicated and experienced team who know the industry and provide personalised service. We do all the hard work.
  • FMA has negotiated significant price reductions with a number of laboratories around the country, and by coordinating bulk testing from a central location, substantial reductions in administration fees have also been realised. These saving are passed on to clients.
  • The program is much more streamlined than trying to organise tests as an individual easy process to follow and only takes one phone call for all your testing.
  • Results are easy to read and are turned around quickly.

Duplication of testing has also been eliminated through the establishment of a database to manage the requests and results.

Laboratory Accreditation

All laboratories used in the FreshTest® program are National Association of Testing Agencies (NATA) accredited.

Did you know?

The FreshTest® program:

  • is owned and managed by industry
  • is a national program covering all states and central markets
  • is the overall lowest cost option for produce testing in Australia today
  • handles the largest number and variety of produce samples in Australia today, testing over 60,000 samples across 240 products since 2001
  • is the only program to regularly test for microbial contamination on a large scale

FreshTest® Order Forms

To have a FreshTest® order form emailed to you, please contact the National FreshTest® Coordinator on 07 39154222 or email [email protected]

Contact FreshTest®

The FreshTest® service is provided in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Western Australia and Adelaide Markets.

To register as a participant in the program or to have any questions answered please contact the National FreshTest® Coordinator.

Phone: (07) 3915 4222 or Brisbane Markets Hotline on 1800 631 002

Fax: (07) 3915 4224

Email: [email protected]

Alternately Contact your local provider.


Contact Person: Tania
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 02-9764 3244
Fax: 02-9764 2776

South Australia:

Contact Person: Belinda
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 08-8260 3866
Fax: 08-8260 7789


Contact Person: Rhonda
Phone: 03-9689 3233
Email: [email protected]


Contact Person: Amanda
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07-3915 4240
Fax: 07-3915 4224

Western Australia:

Contact Person: Inci
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 08-9455 2742
Fax: 08-9455 4923