[2 November/The Country]

Jonathan Paul Towers has been fined $26,300 for offences under the Food Act and the Animal Products Act. The two charges related to making false therapeutic claims about honey and failing to ensure that he was registered exporter. An investigation by the Ministry for Primary Industries found that Mr Towers had exported honey between March 2014 and November 2016 when he was not registered. An MPI spokesperson said the business was being operated in a way to avoid normal regulatory controls relating to record keeping, traceability and food safety. He also made prohibited claims about the therapeutic properties of manuka honey, intended to increase the market value of the product.