Nutrition Laboratory


Since the inception of Massey University there has been a strong emphasis on research and nutritional analysis, leading to the foundation of the Nutrition Laboratory in 1985. As a research unit working within the Institute of Food , Nutrition and Human Health the Nutrition Laboratory is recognised both in New Zealand and internationally for its expertise in a wide range of analyses including amino acids profiles.


The Nutrition Laboratory has been IANZ accredited to ISO 17025 since 2005 and is a Ministry of Health recommended agency offering full nutrition and consultancy services for food labelling to comply with the Food Standards Australian and New Zealand FSANZ.

Quality Control

Quality data is of great importance to us; we participate in international proficiency programs AAFCO (USA) and RCPA (Australia) and follow a rigid quality control program with the use of intra-laboratory checks and calibration standards.

The use of recognized methodology from AOAC, FDA and other regulatory agencies ensures that standard procedures are followed.

Specialising in analysis of food, plant and animal products we have a range of assays including:

  • Amino acid profiles.
  • Fatty acid profiles.
  • Rancidity.
  • Calorific content.
  • ELISA assays.
  • Total dietary fibre.
  • NDF
  • ADF
  • Lignin
  • Fat.
  • Protein.
  • Shelf life testing.
  • Hormones.
  • Metabolites.
  • Enzymes
  • And many more.

Our research laboratory personnel are available to offer assistance with planning the specific tests your product(s) will require.

Recent eBook release

The feed analysis laboratory: establishment and quality control

This publication presents the sequence of activities for establishing a Feed Quality Analysis Laboratory: from initial planning, building and layout, through hiring suitable staff and selecting methods and equipment to culminating in accreditation, based on an estimated four-year time frame.


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