The MPI Mānuka DNA Pollen test is able to be carried out using the same sample used for other tests, but it is a separate test to the MPI Chemical Marker Test.
For a honey to pass as a monofloral mānuka or a multifloral mānuka it must pass the minimum requirements for all 5 attributes. If the honey fails one or more of the requirements it cannot be classified as a monofloral mānuka or multifloral mānuka honey.
For more information on MPI’s mānuka labelling requirements, and the science programme they have undertaken when developing them, visit their website via this link.
HOW DOES ANALYTICA CONDUCT THE TEST?
MPI Mānuka Chemical Marker test – following sample preparation, analysis is carried out by UPLC with diode array detection and UPLC-MS/MS.
MPI Mānuka DNA Pollen test – after extracting DNA from the pollen, PCR is used to amplify target regions using a proprietary testing kit approved by MPI.