[17 May/ Stuff]

Two new tests confirming whether New Zealand mānuka honey is the real deal have been released by Hills Laboratories, giving consumers greater confidence that they are buying genuine mānuka honey. The tests come after claims that unethical operators were profiting from sales of fake mānuka honey at largely inflated prices. The Ministry for Primary Industries released a scientific definition in April to authenticate New Zealand mānuka honey. The new Manuka5 tests measure five different attributes of a mānuka honey sample, based on the concentration of four chemical markers and a DNA marker. Four laboratories are currently accredited with carrying out DNA testing. The honey industry generates $242 million in exports annually, with mānuka making up 80 percent. A target has been set to achieve $1.2 billion export revenue for mānuka honey by 2028.