Olive oil testing
NSW Department of Primary Industries operates an Olive Oil Testing Service based at Wagga Wagga, which aims to provide practical solutions for growers and processors in this fast-growing industry. The service is based on the latest technology and requirements of the International Olive Council (IOC). The laboratory also provides all testing required in determining if olive oil meets the Australian Standard AS5264-2011.
Our chemical testing Laboratory and organoleptic (sensory) panel is accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) and the International Olive Council (IOC).
Our list of individual analyses and their cost indicate which tests are not covered by the NATA scope of accreditation.
The period of IOC Recognition is from the 1st December 2014 until 30th November 2015.
We also participate in proficiency tests conducted by international organisations such as the IOC and the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) and the German Society for Fat Science (DGF).
Analysis and package prices
NIR (Near Infra Red Spectrophotometry) Quality packages
(Prices current as at 25th November 2013)NIR testing is available for Australian Produced Extra Virgin Olive Oil only.
Olive Oil that has been refined, infused or produced from olives not grown in Australia must be tested by Wet Chemistry.
NIR analysis is not covered by NATA accreditation; however the Sensory Assessment is covered by the NATA accreditation.
Australian Olive Association Code of Practice
>30 samples per submission,
NIR (Free Fatty Acids (FFA), Peroxide Value
(PV),UV absorption) plus Sensory Assessment
Other NIR Packages
>30 samples per submission,
FFA, PV, UV absorption or Polyphenols (PP)
FFA, PV, UV absorption plus PP
For individual reports on multiple samples a charge will apply, please contact the Customer Service Unit for more information.
Wet Chemistry packages
The following Wet Chemistry packages are available (prices current as at 25 November 2013, for a single sample):
* Denotes analyses not covered by the NATA scope of Accreditation
Free Fatty Acid, Peroxide Value, UV absorbance & Fatty Acid Profile
Package A plus Total Polyphenols & *Rancimat
Package B plus Pyropheophytin a (PPP) & 1,2-Diacylglycerols(DAGs)
PPP & DAGs only.
Sterols, Wax Content & Stigmastadienes
Package E plus Trans Fatty Acids (Trans), *Triacylglycerols (TAGs), *Insoluble Impurities, *Moisture, *Unsaponifiable Matter & *Palmitic Acid in 2 position
Discounts apply for larger numbers of samples.
Additional charges may apply for fast turnarounds.
Sensory assessment (prices are for a single sample)
Organoleptics by the Australian Olive Oil Sensory Panel $103.80
Make up your own package
Apart from the Packages listed, the laboratory offers a large range of analyses
See the list of individual analyses and their cost.
Olive oil and fruit sample submission form
|Olive oil sample submission form
|Olive fruit sample submission form
Information about other services and interpretation
- List of diagnostic and analytical services for agriculture
- Olive industry overview (Primefact 146)
- Chemistry and quality of olive oil (Primefact 227)
- Testing olive oil quality: chemical and sensory methods (Primefact 231)
Other useful links
To obtain an Olive oil kit which contains an empty bottle for your oil, sample submission form and a reply paid postpak, please contact the customer service unit on (02) 6938 1957 or 1800 675 623 and select Option 2 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also contact the above for custom pricing, turnaround times, submission and reporting procedures.
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