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The Smokehouse offers a range of premium handsmoked seafood
29 March 2017

Smokin’ hot, but safe (and delicious) to eat

On a wharf in Mapua, overlooking the largest estuary in New Zealand, began a company that uses brick kilns, manuka shavings, smoke, and a simple brine to turn out premium seafood.

Peter Pattullo, owner of The Smokehouse, knows the process he uses to impart flavour and preserve wholesome goodness fulfils all compliance and labelling requirements. This is because his company works closely with the team at Cawthron Institute’s Analytical Services.

Cawthron Analytical Services test fresh and manufactured food products daily, certifying they meet all national and international food safety standards. Smoked products have a unique flavour and Cawthron’s testing certifies The Smokehouse’s seafood is safe (and delicious) to eat.

Patullo said, “Our food is perishable and must be treated with the greatest care. Timeliness is an essential part of doing business. Samples are sent to the laboratory and we need to get results back quickly to meet our food compliance and production deadlines.”

A tasty sample of The Smokehouse's finished product

Given the time sensitive nature of this testing, the microbiology laboratory at Cawthron operates 365 days a year. This seven day a week service is essential to producers and means the laboratory is well equipped to respond to food safety issues and assist with shelflife trials for labelling purposes.

The Smokehouse has also developed a range of delicious new products and Cawthron assisted with shelf life trials during product development. 

Food producers must ensure that products are safe to eat so the public can continue to have confidence in them. There is a rigorous framework of food safety compliance testing in place based on sound science. This includes testing for foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, Listeria, and Campylobacter in an appropriate timeframe.

The Smokehouse moved into their purpose built premises in August last year. From here they are continuing to grow while meeting their customers stringient compliance requirements. 

Cawthron’s clients know first-class food needs first-class testing.