MPI Manuka Testing

MPI have released a set of requirements for testing of honey for export that processors wish to label as being monofloral manuka or multifloral manuka honey.  These include 4 chemical markers (MPI Manuka Chemical Markers) and a DNA marker from manuka pollen (MPI Manuka DNA Marker) and in December 2017 were finalised as a requirement by MPI as part of their science definition for manuka honey. 

Analytica offers all testing included in MPI's proposed requirements - see below for further information, including accreditation details. We are the first laboratory to achieve full ISO 17025 and full RLP Approval for the MPI Manuka honey tests. In order to be classified as either a manuka or manuka blend the honey must meet minimum levels for each of the chemical and DNA markers.

 

ACCREDITATIONS

Analytica is approved by MPI to offer both the MPI Manuka Chemical Marker and the DNA marker test under its Limited Recognised Laboratory Programme. Analytica also holds full ISO 17025 accreditation under IANZ for both the MPI Manuka Chemical Marker and DNA marker tests. We are the first laboratory to achieve full ISO 17025 and full RLP Approval for the MPI Manuka honey tests. This means that results can be used in future to meet MPI's General Requirements for Export of honey.

Please note that MPI's proposed General Requirements for Export were finalised as a requirement in December 2017, and that they will apply to honey being exported but not to honey being traded within NZ. For up to date information regarding these export requirements, please refer to the MPI website

 

MPI Manuka Chemical Markers

These are naturally occurring compounds found in Manuka honey, that MPI have chosen to use to confirm that a honey contains sufficient Manuka nectar to be regarded as being Manuka honey.  There are minimum amounts of each of 4 compounds needed for honey to be labelled as Monofloral Manuka or Multifloral Manuka honey.

Analytica's MPI Manuka Chemical Marker test includes all 4 markers for one price.

The compounds are as follows:

Minimum Requirement For Manuka Honey
Minimum Requirement For Manuka Blend Honey
3-Phenyllactic acid (3-PLA)
400 mg/kg
20 – 399 mg/kg
2’-Methoxyacetophenone (2'-MAP)
5 mg/kg
5 mg/kg
4-Hydroxyphenyllactic acid (4-HPLA)
1 mg/kg
1 mg/kg
2-Methoxybenzoic acid (2-MBA)
1 mg/kg
1 mg/kg

MPI Manuka Pollen DNA Test

This test confirms that there is sufficient pollen from the Manuka plant in the honey for it to be regarded as Manuka honey, by extracting the DNA from pollen in the sample and then testing it to identify whether it includes Manuka pollen.  There is a minimum result required from the test for the honey to be labelled as Manuka or Manuka Blend honey.

Minimum Requirement For Manuka Honey
Minimum Requirement For Manuka Blend Honey
DNA from manuka pollen
Less than Cq 36 (approximately 3 fg/µL)
Less than Cq 36 (approximately 3 fg/µL)


The MPI Manuka 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 manuka or a multifloral manuka 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 manuka or multifloral manuka honey.

For more information on MPI’s Manuka 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 Manuka Chemical Marker test – following sample preparation, analysis is carried out by UPLC with diode array detection and UPLC-MS/MS.

DNA Test – after extracting DNA from the pollen, PCR is used to amplify target regions using a proprietary testing kit approved by MPI.

 

Why Use Analytica?

Analytica offer the full range of honey tests which honey producers, processors, and marketers need.  With a fast turnaround time, a competitive price, and service that our customers rave about.  Because we are able to carry out a number of tests on your honey, 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 3240 
New Zealand

Analysis Request Form | PDF

Analysis Request Form | WORD

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. 


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