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Further Testing helps Protect Manuka Honey Consumers

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Further Testing helps Protect Manuka Honey Consumers

Consumers of Manuka honey can be assured the product they buy is unadulterated, with the UMF Honey Association (UMFHA) adding to their international testing regime.

In partnership with food origin leader Oritain, UMFHA have taken a proactive approach by developing an additional test that will detect adulteration of Manuka honey with any artificial ingredient.

UMFHA's General Manager John Rawcliffe, says these tests will provide an unprecedented level of protection for both the Manuka honey industry and "NZ Inc".

The detection of any artificial substance that mimics test results for the unique Manuka activity underpins the internationally recognised Non-Peroxide Activity (NPA) standard, says Rawcliffe.

Oritain Operations Manager Linda Croudis said the test will be available in New Zealand and internationally and will enable prosecutions against those trying to market adulterated Manuka honey to consumers.

"We are pleased to be working with UMFHA to proactively protect both the consumer and the $100 million New Zealand Manuka honey industry."

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