Manuka Honey - Are you being duped? MGO is not enough!!!
MGO grading on its own is no guarantee that honey is genuine Manuka Honey!
The credibility of an industry and reputation of a trading nation is under threat.
Numerous press articles both in New Zealand and internationally, are raising concerns over the authenticity of Manuka honey, what is genuine and what is the real deal.
Genuine Manuka Honey is certified Mono-Floral and must always come from New Zealand
The New Zealand Government MPI have gone to great lengths to create a Manuka Honey Science Definition. This is the only true legislative measure.
Do not be fooled MGO is not part of the MPI Manuka Honey Science Definition.
Only Manuka honey, harvested, tested, certified, packed and labelled in NZ for export is subject to this higher standard. Manuka Honey that is not packed and labelled in NZ may not have been tested to these levels and the labelling may not clearly and obviously show if the honey is Multi-Floral or Mono-Floral.
The consumer must be made aware. Honesty must prevail. The knowledge void leads to some very questionable interpretation and promotional messaging from brands and retailers.
Some promotions in the UK and Europe are suggesting the Honey with MGO levels as low as 30, 40, 55 and 70 are Manuka Honey. This is not genuine Manuka Honey. These products are Manuka blends. Blended honey with enough Manuka to provide flavour and a low but recognisable MGO level.
Honey with these levels of MGO is not Manuka Honey. They would not even qualify as UMF 5+ which starts at MGO83 and must be Mono-floral.