Who tests mānuka honey to ensure its genuine?

Only certain MPI-recognised laboratories are certified to test Mānuka honey to authenticate it is real.

New Zealand export requirements for food and labelling standards are maintained and administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), a government organisation independent from the honey industry.

 

Mānuka honey producers who export their honey overseas are required to test their honey against MPI’s Mānuka honey scientific definition to prove the honey is authentic and ensure they meet all legal requirements for truthful labelling. Only certain MPI-recognised laboratories are certified to test Mānuka honey to authenticate it is real.