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

 

Air New Zealand: Flying Year-round To Popular Queensland Destinations

Air New Zealand is moving to year-round direct flights on its Auckland-Cairns, Auckland-Sunshine Coast and Christchurch-Gold Coast routes under an agreement with the Queensland Government... More>>




SEA: Another First For Solar Energy In New Zealand

The Sustainable Energy Association NZ (SEANZ) congratulates Sunergise on the commissioning of the Sunergise Kapuni Solar Power Plant, the largest in the country... More>>

Accenture: More Boomers Than Zoomers Want To Work From Home

While often associated with tech savvy Gen Z or Zoomers, new global research from Accenture shows that the push for more flexible working environments is being led by Gen Xers and Baby Boomers... More>>

Banking: Westpac New Zealand To Remain Part Of Westpac Group

Westpac New Zealand Limited (WNZL) remains part of Westpac Group following a decision for the two businesses not to demerge. Westpac Group Chief Executive Officer, Peter King, said: “After a detailed review, we believe a demerger of the WNZL business would not be in the best interests of shareholders... More>>

Mercury: Enters Into Binding Agreements To Acquire Trustpower’s Retail Business

Mercury NZ Limited (Mercury) has announced that it has entered into binding agreements with Trustpower Limited (Trustpower, NZX:TPW) to acquire Trustpower’s retail business for NZ$441 million... More>>

ALSO:


ASB: New Zealanders Missing Out On Hundreds Of Millions In KiwiSaver Government Contributions

New Zealanders have just over a week to ensure they’re eligible for the maximum annual government KiwiSaver contribution... More>>