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 primary 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. All laboratories used in the FreshTest® program are the National Association of Testing Agencies (NATA) accredited.
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 FreshTest®
The program is much more streamlined than trying to organise tests as an individual and Fresh Markets Australia (FMA) has negotiated significant price reductions with several laboratories around the country, saving up to 50 percent of the regular testing price. The dedicated database also eliminates duplication of testing, with Brismark managing all the requests and results.
Dedicated and experienced team
- Personalised service
- We know the industry
- Substantial savings due to volume testing
- Savings are passed onto you
Convenient, simple, and quick
- We are at the Brisbane Produce Market
- One phone call for all your testing
- We do all the hard work
- An easy process to follow
- Easy to read results
- Quick turn-around
- Wholesalers can access results online (including historical data)
Collection and sampling requirements
Brismark makes it easy to do your testing. We send tests every day—you just need them ready before 8am.
Brismark has been appointed to coordinate samples for testing on behalf of FreshTest® Australia for primary wholesalers within the Brisbane Markets and growers in Queensland and the Northern Territory.
How to organise a test
All samples must be received before 8am on the nominated test day to allow time for processing before being dispatched to the testing laboratory. Any product received after this time cannot be included and will be placed in refrigerated storage until the next collection day.
You can either drop off your produce at the Credit Service or call the FreshTest® Coordinator on (07) 3915 4222 and we can collect from your business if you are located at the Brisbane Markets.
Alternatively, you can courier or post the samples to Brismark FreshTest®.
A minimum of 500 grams of product is required for each test requested. For example, if you require a C3 and an M1 test on a sample we will require a minimum of 1kg of product.
Larger produce such as watermelons will require one whole piece of fruit for each test requested.
FreshTest® Online enables users to obtain test results as soon as they become available.
The lab results, depending on the test, are sent to Brismark approximately 4-6 working days after the test has been sent away. On receipt, Brismark inputs the test results into the FreshTest® database and on request, we can email the laboratory certificates directly to you ensuring you get results even faster.
All members have log-in details to FreshTest® Online and can easily access history details by entering a date range. You can also access separate reports for your growers. If there is an Adverse Detection, this report will be forwarded to you immediately, however, they are also readily available from FreshTest® Online.
Brismark makes it easy to do your testing. We send tests everyday—you just need them ready before 8am.
For all your FreshTest® needs, contact the FreshTest® Coordinator on (07) 3915 4222, email [email protected] or fax (07) 3915 4224.
Deliver samples to:
Brismark Credit Service
Ground Floor, The Fresh Centre
Call the FreshTest® Coordinator on (07) 3915 4222
Post/courier samples to:
FreshTest – Brismark
Level 2, The Fresh Centre
Sherwood Road Rocklea 4106
Fresh Test – Brismark
PO Box 70
Brisbane Markets QLD 4106
Send FreshTest® request forms to:
Email: [email protected]
Fax: (07) 3915 4224