MPI Manuka Testing

MPI have released some proposed requirements for testing of honey that processors wish to label as being Manuka honey or manuka blend honey.  These include 4 chemical markers (MPI Manuka Chemical Markers) and a DNA marker from manuka pollen (MPI Manuka Pollen DNA Test).  They are currently subject to a consultation process, and are likely to come into force from 1 August 2017.

Analytica offers all testing included in MPI's proposed requirements - see below for further information, including accreditation details. In order to be classified as either a manuka or manuka blend the honey must meet minimum levels for each of the chemical and DNA markers.

MPI Manuka Chemical Markers

These are naturally occurring compounds found in Manuka honey, that MPI have chosen to use to confirm that a honey contains sufficient Manuka nectar to be regarded as being Manuka honey.  There are minimum amounts of each of 4 compounds needed for honey to be labelled as Manuka or Manuka Blend honey.

Analytica's MPI Manuka Chemical Marker test includes all 4 markers for one price.

The compounds are as follows:

Minimum Requirement For Manuka Honey
Minimum Requirement For Manuka Blend Honey
3-Phenyllactic acid
400 mg/kg
20 – 399 mg/kg
2’-Methoxyacetophenone
1 mg/kg
1 mg/kg
2-Methoxybenzoic acid
1 mg/kg
1 mg/kg
4-Hydroxyphenyllactic acid
1 mg/kg
1 mg/kg

MPI Manuka Pollen DNA Test

This test confirms that there is sufficient pollen from the Manuka plant in the honey for it to be regarded as Manuka honey, by extracting the DNA from pollen in the sample and then testing it to identify whether it includes Manuka pollen.  There is a minimum result required from the test for the honey to be labelled as Manuka or Manuka Blend honey.

Minimum Requirement For Manuka Honey
Minimum Requirement For Manuka Blend Honey
DNA from manuka pollen
Less than Cq 36 (approximately 3 fg/µL)
Less than Cq 36 (approximately 3 fg/µL)


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.

ACCREDITATIONS

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.

Why Use Analytica?

Analytica offer the full range of honey tests which honey producers, processors, and marketers need.  With a fast turnaround time, a competitive price, and service that our customers rave about.  Because we are able to carry out a number of tests on your honey, you can send in one sample and let us take care of the rest. 

How to take and submit a sample

How to take and submit a sample


To have your honey tested, just send us about 50gm of honey per sample (in a plastic pottle with a screw lid.)

Download and complete our Analysis Request Form either in PDF format or as a Word document, and send it along with your samples to:

Analytica Laboratories Ltd
Ruakura Research Centre
10 Bisley Road,
Hamilton 3240 
New Zealand

Analysis Request Form | PDF

Analysis Request Form | WORD

Don’t forget to label each sample container with a unique name or code, matching the Sample Identification that you write on the Analysis Request Form. We will invoice you when we report your results. 


Analytica Laboratories

P: +64 7 974 4740
E: sales@analytica.co.nz

Ruakura Research Centre,
10 Bisley Road, Private Bag 3123,
Hamilton 3240
New Zealand

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