Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

UMFHA Agrees with Extended Consultation Review Phase

UMFHA Agrees with Extended Consultation Review Phase for MPI Mānuka Honey Definition and Standard

The UMF Honey Association (UMFHA) is supportive of the Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) decision to extend the consultation review phase for its proposed definition and standard for Mānuka honey, despite the inevitable disruption and unsettling ripple effect across the industry.

UMFHA spokesperson John Rawcliffe said it is essential MPI works with the industry to implement a definition that will stand-up to comprehensive scrutiny in international markets.

“There is a wealth of science and accumulated knowledge and experience available within the industry and the UMFHA is fully supportive of MPI’s intent to ensure that it gets the science right and should consult widely with all parties who have a stake in what the final standard looks like,” he said.

“We’ve already spent over five years perfecting an international science programme that ultimately confirmed the optimal key signature markers in genuine Mānuka honey. The outcome of that programme provided the platform for developing our UMF quality and grading system, which stands well established in the market place and does provide regulatory authorities and consumers with the assurance and confidence they require when buying Mānuka honey from New Zealand.

“We look forward to sharing our perspectives and learnings with MPI and others, during this extended consultation review phase. It’s absolutely critical that New Zealand has a robust regulatory definition standard in place to protect the country’s important and growing Mānuka honey industry. We simply must get this right.”

The UMFHA represents over 100 members that collectively export over 80% of all Mānuka honey products from New Zealand.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

By May 2018: Wider, Earlier Microbead Ban

The sale and manufacture of wash-off products containing plastic microbeads will be banned in New Zealand earlier than previously expected, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Snail-ier Mail: NZ Post To Ditch FastPost

New Zealand Post customers will see a change to how they can send priority mail from 1 January 2018. The FastPost service will no longer be available from this date. More>>

ALSO:

Property Institute: English Backs Of Debt To Income Plan

Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive Ashley Church is applauding today’s decision, by Prime Minister Bill English, to take Debt-to-income ratios off the table as a tool available to the Reserve Bank. More>>

ALSO:

Divesting: NZ Super Fund Shifts Passive Equities To Low-Carbon

The NZ$35 billion NZ Super Fund’s NZ$14 billion global passive equity portfolio, 40% of the overall Fund, is now low-carbon, the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Split Decision - Appeal Planned: EPA Allows Taranaki Bight Seabed Mine

The Decision-making Committee, appointed by the Board of the Environmental Protection Authority to decide a marine consent application by Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd, has granted consent, subject to conditions, for the company to mine iron sands off the South Taranaki Bight. More>>

ALSO: