[4 August/ Stuff]

Comvita has proposed a manuka honey definition, as the bee industry attempts to develop a standard to ensure the product is not fraudulent. The Ministry for Primary Industries is creating a definition among competing industry claims over the best method to determine real honey. This comes after claims that consumers are being misled over what they are purchasing at inflated prices. Comvita Researchers have identified the compound leptosperin as the best compound upon which to base a definition. Otago University Genetics Professor Peter Dearden said basing a definition off of leptosperin is a problem, as manuka plants in Australia also produce it. Comvita Chief Executive Scott Coulter said the science it had developed behind their definition was strong but acknowledged MPI needed to complete their research.