MPI have released some proposed requirements for testing of honey that processors wish to label as being Manuka honey or manuka blend honey. These include 4 chemical markers (MPI Manuka Chemical Markers) and a DNA marker from manuka pollen (MPI Manuka Pollen DNA Test). They are currently subject to a consultation process, and are likely to come into force by the end of 2017.
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.
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 are intended to come into force at the end of 2017, and that they will apply to honey being exported but not to honey being traded within NZ.
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 Manuka or Manuka Blend honey.
Analytica's MPI Manuka Chemical Marker test includes all 4 markers for one price.
The compounds are as follows: