Honey bees collect nectar from the MĀnuka flowers to create our world famous MĀnuka Honey
The higher the rating, the more antibacterial properties!
= 4 x Scientific Tests
to prove antibacterial levels
= 1 x Scientific Tests
to prove antibacterial levels
Scientific tests Leptosperin, Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), Methylglyoxal (MGO), Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF).

The UMFHA’s mission is to strengthen the positioning and consumer perception of Mānuka honey products represented by the UMF quality trademark, it does this through the application of standards, proactive promotion of product attributes and benefits, and protecting the integrity inherent in the trademark both domestically and in international markets.

About the UMF Honey Association
The UMF Honey Association oversees all use of the UMF quality trademark and supports licensees and consumers through a comprehensive science and research programme and other activities including:
  • We provide the option to approve all labels, to ensure compliance with brand guidelines and license agreements.
  • We have an independent commissioner who protects the interests of the brand and adjudicates any disputes. He acts as the guardian of the UMF brand.
  • We appoint independent companies to regularly check samples from the marketplace. This helps protect consumers from counterfeit products.
  • We have a programme of standardised testing in place across all the territories where licensee products are sold.
Scientific tests Methylglyoxal (MGO)

MGO stands for methylglyoxal, the compound in Mānuka honey that occurs naturally and part of what makes this honey so special. MGO is one compound found in Mānuka honey and is measurable and used as a reliable testing method for Mānuka honeys unique antibacterial levels.
MPI (New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries)

Making sure it’s authentic NZ Mānuka honey.
Our reputation for honey production and export rests on the integrity of our products and the credibility of our systems.

In December 2017, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) finalised a robust and sophisticated scientific definition that can be used to authenticate whether or not a particular honey is New Zealand Mānuka honey.

They’ve also introduced requirements to:
  • Improve how bee products are traced through the supply chain
  • Make sure New Zealand bee products comply with importing country requirements.
WHY THE RULES ARE NEEDED
  • The science definition for Mānuka honey is essential to maintain New Zealand’s premium position in overseas markets. It will also help the continued growth of our export honey industry.
It’s important:
  • That overseas regulators have confidence in the assurances we give them about New Zealand Mānuka honey
  • Consumers in export countries are confident they’re getting genuine Mānuka honey.
  • If not, our access to markets could be put at risk or we may lose the premium prices our bee products command overseas
TEST TO AUTHENTICATE MANUKA HONEY

All honey labelled as Mānuka for export must be tested by an MPI-recognised laboratory to make sure it meets the new Mānuka honey definition.

The Mānuka honey definition is made up of a combination of 5 attributes (4 chemicals from nectar and 1 DNA marker from Mānuka pollen).

This allows industry to:
  • Separate Mānuka honey from other honey types
  • Identify it as either monofloral or multifloral Mānuka honey.