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New Standards Set For Manuka Honey
After a lengthy testing process, NZ's Ministry for Primary Industries has released its new definition for Manuka honey (CCSS Level: Grade 11, Words: 346)
Dec 14, 2017 Style & Living
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Many are welcoming New Zealand's new official Manuka honey definition. New Zealand's Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released its finalised scientific definition which identifies five properties to authenticate genuine Manuka honey, protecting the integrity and authenticity of Manuka honey to its uniquely New Zealand origin.

The ministry has tested hundreds of plants and samples since 2013, when concerns were first raised about some Manuka honey not being true to its label.

One company, Manuka Health, supports the Government's efforts to protect authentic Manuka honey producers from imitation and tampering. "It's critical that New Zealand protects Manuka honey on the global market, where we see increasing adulteration and false claims of this highly valued product. New Zealand is the only source of authentic Manuka honey and we have needed a clearer scientific definition that delineates genuine, premium product from the fakes," said John Kippenberger, Manuka Health's CEO.

This is seen as an important step to safeguard the value of New Zealand Manuka honey. The Ministry has addressed some of the industry concerns and tightened some of the parameters. Major players believe that this is a good start to protect their market.

With a joint government and industry ambition to grow the value of New Zealand Manuka honey to $1.2 billion a year by 2028, the definition programme supports the foundations for the next 10 years of industry growth.

"This is important for customers around the world. It reassures them that New Zealand exported Manuka honey is genuine, " Mr Kippenberger said.

"MPI will put in place a standard, based on four chemical markers and one DNA marker, which will be a requirement for all people who are exporting Manuka honey. They will have to have that tested and that will then be true to label, and that is something that traders in China and the UK have been seeking for some time." said Minister of Agriculture Damien O'Connor.

"This won't please everyone, but we believe it's absolutely necessary and scientifically robust and while it may not be perfect, it's our best international effort to get this right."

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