It's a matter of safety
In a world where consumers demand assurances that the food they eat is safe and meets the most stringent standards, you need FreshTest®, a Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) testing solution designed to reduce your risk exposure.
Since 2001 FreshTest has become Australia’s most extensive, cost-effective MRL testing program covering chemical, heavy metal, microbial, water and specialised testing through a strict regime of collection, sample identification, labelling and reporting.
FreshTest is available to all growers directly, but you can have your tests conveniently processed through a central market wholesaler at an affordable price.
Protecting Our Industry
FreshTest is your guarantee for protecting Australians and building your brand’s clean and green reputation. Freshmark provides this service to help maintain Australia’s unparalleled reputation for food safety that has given producers an enviable competitive advantage in the global market and assurances to consumers domestically.
We Have One Goal
To Provide the Highest Quality
Produce to Aussie Tables
FreshTest® is the largest and most comprehensive residue testing program in Australian horticulture. Residue testing, colloquially referred to as MRL testing, has been part of Australia’s horticultural landscape since 1945 and forms part of the verification of production and packaging businesses food safety systems.
MRL tests verify if contaminants or impurities that remain on produce through the application of chemicals, heavy metals, fungus, or microorganisms, from natural, industrial, or agriculture activities pose a threat to consumers’ health and growers’ safety, and the entire supply chain.
Good agricultural practices are proven through chemical, microbial, and heavy metal testing. The test results are assessed against MRLs stipulated in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code and administered by respective state/territory food authorities.
In life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, and a preacher. But every day, three times a day, you need a farmer, which is why testing is so important and why a farmer’s ultimate responsibility is for the health and wellbeing of all Australians.
Growers are ultimately responsible for undertaking the correct procedures, such as applying chemicals to their crops and having their produce tested. The cost of not complying with these requirements can lead to devastating consequences, potentially demolishing the demand for the impacted product across the whole of Australia. FreshTest is a growers assurance to their buyers that their produce is safe and great to eat.
from seed to seating
FRESHMARK IS THERE EVERY STEP OF THE WAY
Freshmark conducts all sampling of produce, and the sampling process follows Codex Guidelines.
All laboratories used in the FreshTest® program have the relevant National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) Accreditation for chemical, microbial and heavy metal testing that is performed by that laboratory.
Laboratories used for residue analysis have current NATA Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 for the analysis of pesticide residues.
Why Test with Freshmark?
Find out how you can quickly, easily and conveniently have your produce tested whilst saving money with Australian horticulture’s largest and most comprehensive testing program.
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No room for error
Residue testing programs protect the reputation of the fruit and vegetable industry. It provides the government with effective chemical regulations, as well as assurances to consumers that their food is wholesome and safe to eat.
If residues exceed legal limits, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) pesticide inspectors will trace the produce back to the grower to find out why the residue is high and to prevent such produce from being marketed in the future. The growers are then asked to complete a corrective action form to eliminate future overpaying of produce.
Producers who misuse pesticides place themselves and their whole industry at risk.
NSW growers can face prosecution and fines of up to $60,000 for individuals and $120,000 for companies not adhering to chemical label directions.
Don't leave anything to chance.
Reasons for Adverse Results
Incorrect practice is generally the most common reason for adverse detections; therefore all necessary measures should be taken to comply with food safety standards. Producers who misuse pesticides place themselves and their whole industry at risk.
The most common reasons include:
- Not following the withholding period, which is the time between chemical application and harvest
- Using the chemical at higher than the label rate specified
- Using a chemical not registered for use on the crop.
Less common reasons include:
- Spray drift
- Inadequate cleaning of spray equipment
- Soil contamination from residual chemicals (such as persistent organochlorines)
Incorrect sample collection practices:
- Not wearing gloves and touching samples for testing with bare hands
- Not using a clean unused plastic bags
- Allowing produce to touch one another, especially if it’s from a different grower
- Not placing perishable produce in a foam esky with dry ice or an ice brick for transportation
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We have been using FreshTest for our MRL tests for more than 15 years. It is an easy and worry-free process from pick up at our market stand by Freshmark, to the results being available online at our convenience.
Our growers enjoy the reasonable pricing of FreshTest, and we are able to offer this service with next to no hassles.
The range of tests available meet all of our customer and quality assurance requirements, and results are available within seven days. Therefore, we highly recommend FreshTest for all horticultural testing needs.
Freshmark is passionate about ensuring we protect those who are most precious to us. Through MRL testing, FreshTest gives consumers peace of mind that the produce they eat is safe.