Trace Elements & Heavy Metals

On occasion, overseas buyers of honey will express interest in knowing about concentrations of heavy metals in honey.  Most commonly lead (Pb) and Zinc (Zn) are requested, but our testing technology makes it possible for a larger suite of common heavy metals to be tested for only a small increase in total cost.

This test is able to analyse a wide range of minerals, trace elements and heavy metals, including aluminium, arsenic, copper, chromium, iron, mercury, lead and zinc in honey.

How does Analytica conduct the test

A sub-sample of honey is taken; acid is added to the honey and it is heated. The samples are diluted and analysed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). 


Trace Elements & Heavy Metals in honey is an IANZ accredited test

Pricing and Turnaround Time

Standard 3 day TAT of Heavy Metals/Trace Elements results. Please contact Analytica for current pricing on 07 974 4740 or at 

How to take and submit a sample

How to take and submit a sample

To have your honey tested, send approximately 50 g of honey in a plastic pottle with a screw lid. A well-mixed, representative sample is required.

Download and complete our Analysis Request Form either in PDF format or as a Word document, and send it along with your samples to:

Analytica Laboratories Ltd
Ruakura Research Centre
10 Bisley Road,
Hamilton 3214 
New Zealand

Get Analysis Request Forms

Don’t forget to label each sample container with a unique name or code, matching the Sample Identification that you write on the Analysis Request Form. We will invoice you when we report your results. 

Please email the Sample Reception team at if you are sending more than 40 samples to make the most of our testing prices and turnaround times.

To send samples from overseas, please see our instructions and import permits.

*For some ideas on collecting a representative honey sample, have a look at this article published in 'The New Zealand BeeKeeper'..

Analytica Laboratories


P: +64 7 974 4740

Ruakura Research Centre,
10 Bisley Road, Private Bag 3345,
Hamilton 3240
New Zealand


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