The MPI Manuka Pollen test is able to be carried out using the same sample used for other tests, but it is a separate test to the MPI Chemical Marker Test.
For a honey to pass as a monofloral manuka or a multifloral manuka it must pass the minimum requirements for all 5 attributes. If the honey fails one or more of the requirements it cannot be classified as a monofloral manuka or multifloral manuka honey.
For more information on MPI’s Manuka labelling requirements, and the science programme they have undertaken when developing them, visit their website via this link.
HOW DOES ANALYTICA CONDUCT THE TEST?
MPI Manuka Chemical Marker test – following sample preparation, analysis is carried out by UPLC with diode array detection and UPLC-MS/MS.
DNA Test – after extracting DNA from the pollen, PCR is used to amplify target regions using a proprietary testing kit approved by MPI.
Analytica is approved by MPI to offer MPI Manuka Chemical Marker a under its Limited Recognised Laboratory Programme. This means that results can be used in future to meet MPI's General Requirements for Export of honey.
Analytica is able to analyse samples for MPI Manuka Pollen tests using validated methods, but has yet to be approved by MPI under its Limited Recognised Laboratory Recognition programme. This means that results can be provided for different samples of honey, but will not be able to be used to meets MPI's General Requirements for Export of honey in future until Analytica has been approved for this test by MPI. Analytica is actively pursuing MPI accreditation, and will update clients as soon as this is available.
Please note that MPI's proposed General Requirements for Export are intended to come into force on 1 August 2017, and that they will apply to honey being exported but not to honey being traded within NZ.