There has been a recent announcement around authenticity of Manuka honey. New Zealand produces only 1,700 tons of the real Manuka honey each year, but an estimated 10,000 tons are sold around the world yearly. We encourage consumers to find out more before consider buying a jar of Manuka honey.
Here is what to look for when buying genuine Manuka honey.
Genuine UMF Manuka honey is tested with 3 naturally presented unique chemical markers: Leptosperin, DHA and Methylglyoxal (MGO). Continue reading to find out what these markers represent.
How to tell if brands are selling authentic Manuka honey?
Simply look for the UMF Trademark, it stands for ‘Unique Manuka Factor’ which is the only independently recognized quality trademark & grading system in the Manuka market. UMF Trademark visible on the label means that the product inside has been identified as the natural Manuka Honey, assuring its purity and quality; meaning true to label.
The 3 unique chemical markers explained
The higher UMF level the better. The UMF grade reflects the actual purity of the honey. The UMF honey is being independently tested to define Manuka honey: Leptosperin, DHA and Methylglyoxal.
Methylglyoxal, commonly known as MGO is often the only factor measured by producers, claiming MGO level on the label. Unfortunately, this has a significant downside in that MGO can be artificially added in the honey, which practically means the regular honey can easily claim to be Manuka honey.
The two other unique factors also play a key role in defining pure Manuka honey:
- Leptosperin – only grown in New Zealand, not to be confused with Leptosperin varieties grown in other countries.
- DHA – represents the age of the honey. We check how old the honey is before this is packed.
Leptosperin is a unique marker for Manuka Honey because it is present only in the flower of the Manuka plant. So, to be perfectly sure you are buying genuine Manuka Honey from Leptosperin growing in New Zealand, look for the UMF trademark.
One of the many benefits of being part of the UMFHA (Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association) and displaying the trademark means we are audited annually with independent testing. The UMFHA invest heavily in research ensuring the right natural chemical markers are tested.
So, if you’re going to buy Manuka Honey, make sure it has the UMF trademark symbol otherwise you might not be getting the authentic product with all the benefits that Manuka brings.
100% Pure New Zealand Honey is true to label, because we guarantee the honey in your jar will always reflect the UMF grade claimed on the label. We also guarantee with our purity and quality values that no artificial components are added to our honey.