Is Mānuka honey tested in New Zealand before it is exported?

Yes, all of our honey is tested in New Zealand.

Our honey undergoes dozens of test including by not limited to:



    All New Zealand Mānuka honey that is exported to countries overseas must meet a Government established scientific definition. The definition specifies a set of five science-based markers which identify the origin of Manuka honey. These markers need to be present to credibly call it New Zealand Manuka honey and only honey that meets the new standards will be certified for export as New Zealand Manuka honey. 


    Our lead test for potency is for the compound methylglyoxal (MGO). After years of research, scientists discovered MGO as the key compound in Manuka honey, directly related to its potency. Manuka Health pioneered MGO as a transparent testing and rating system that gives consumers assurance of the quality of Manuka Health’s Manuka honey.

    Over the past decade, we have built MGO to be an internationally recognised guide in helping consumers purchase Manuka honey based on its methylglyoxal potency. The UMF grading system for Manuka honey also measures methylglyoxal as one of its compounds.


    These are tests for contamination, toxins, adulteration, heat damage and freshness.


We have one of the largest customised honey facilities in Te Awamutu, New Zealand including an ISO17025 accredited laboratory, honey-drum storage, blending, packing and distribution under one roof. This means we can ensure a secure supply chain from beekeeper to finished product.

We have comprehensive authenticity and quality testing of the honey, both at raw material and finished product stages, guaranteeing quality, purity and safety. 


Learn more about quality and purity tests.