Manuka Honey is one of the most sought-after superfoods in the world but until recently there was no single standard for what constituted a “real” Manuka Honey, which led to significant confusion and misinformation about what makes Manuka genuine.
To help clear up confusion and establish once and for all what real Manuka Honey is, the New Zealand government’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) created the first global standard and scientific definition for Manuka Honey in early 2018, which is commonly known as the Manuka5 regulations.
This is the only government-regulated and approved standard for Manuka Honey in the world!
As of February 5, 2018, all honey labelled as Manuka and exported from New Zealand is now required to be tested to show that it meets the MPI standard before it can lawfully be exported. The test results from the certifying laboratory must accompany the export documents for the Manuka honey ensuring that product packed in New Zealand is genuine.
Wedderspoon is committed to delivering Manuka Honey of the highest quality and purity and has aligned the KFactor methodology to embrace and comply with the MPI’s new regulatory definition for Manuka Honey.
ANY MANUKA HONEY WHICH CLAIMS TO BE AUTHENTIC WITHOUT SPECIFIC ADHERENCE TO THE ABOVE MPI STANDARD IS NON-COMPLIANT WITH THE ONLY OFFICIAL STANDARD FOR NEW ZEALAND MANUKA HONEY.
5 key indicators must be present in the chemical and genetic makeup of the honey in order to be considered Manuka.
The difference between Monofloral and Multifloral Manuka honey is the required levels of these key indicators.
The test results must accompany the final export shipment document for Manuka Honey.
The New regulatory definition focuses on defining two levels of Manuka Honey - Multifloral Manuka Honey and Monofloral Manuka Honey.
A honey that is "wholly or mostly" from the Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) plant.
As bees have a considerable flight distance and need variety in their diet, a honey will never be 100% one nectar source.
A honey blend that has a variety of plant sources, but has a significant amount from the Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) plant.