Glyphosate

Glyphosate is a herbicide that can end up in honey when sprayed in areas where bees are foraging (e.g. pasture that is being desiccated during wilting) or near hives. Some countries have shown particular attention to this chemical, enforcing a Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) for honey exported to those countries.

Known Glyphosate Maximum Residue Limits:

  • Japan: 0.01 mg/kg
  • Europe: 0.05 mg/kg
  • New Zealand: 0.1 mg/kg

Aside from where requested in domestic and international markets, testing honey for Glyphosate may be of value to check whether Glyphosate use near hives is contributing to increased levels of Glyphosate in honey from different apiary sites.

Analytica's method measures Glyphosate, AMPA and Glufosinate in honey. We test for glyphosate to the detection limit of 0.01 mg/kg (in-line with Japan’s MRL) and to the lower limit of 0.004 mg/kg.

As part of our Glyphosate service, you will receive both detection limits (through separate reports) providing you with these significant benefits

  • Report you can use for export, including for export to Japan
  • Reassurance that the honey is likely to comply with regulatory requirements when testing variation is considered, providing some buffer against testing variation is retested (here or overseas)
  • Receive helpful information that can be used to make more accurate blending decisions.

Read more about Glyphosate in our various articles, we have written for the New Zealand Beekeeper here

How does Analytica conduct the test

Following solvent extraction and FMOC derivatisation, the honey sample is analysed for glyphosate residue using Liquid Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS).

Pricing and Turnaround Time

Please contact Analytica for current pricing and TATs on 07 974 4740 or at sales@analytica.co.nz 

Why Use Analytica?

Analytica have a fast turnaround time and competitive price. Analytica are able to carry out a number of tests on your honey, which means you can send in one sample and let us take care of the rest.

How to take and submit a sample

How to take and submit a sample


To have your honey tested, just send us about 50gm of honey per sample (in a plastic pottle with a screw lid.)

Download and complete our Analysis Request Form either in PDF format or as a Word document, and send it along with your samples to:

Analytica Laboratories Ltd
Ruakura Research Centre
10 Bisley Road,
Hamilton 3214
New Zealand

Get Analysis Request Forms

Don’t forget to label each sample container with a unique name or code, matching the Sample Identification that you write on the Analysis Request Form. We will invoice you when we report your results. 


Analytica Laboratories

P: +64 7 974 4740
E: sales@analytica.co.nz

Ruakura Research Centre,
10 Bisley Road, Private Bag 3123,
Hamilton 3214
New Zealand



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