What is “Active” mānuka honey?

Only honey produced and packed outside New Zealand can be labelled 'active'.

“Active” Mānuka honey often refers to Mānuka honey’s non-peroxide antibacterial properties, however this is not permitted on Manuka honey produced and packed in New Zealand. Since 2014, requirements introduced in New Zealand by the Government regulatory body, (The Ministary of Primary Industries), means that no New Zealand product is allowed to promote the antibacterial properties of Mānuka Honey when sold as food.


If a product is labelled with claims of "active" or any health benefits, you will know that it hasn't been produced and packed in New Zealand.