MPI have released a set of requirements for testing of honey for export that processors wish to label as being monofloral manuka or multifloral manuka honey. These include 4 chemical markers (MPI Manuka Chemical Markers) and a DNA marker from manuka pollen (MPI Manuka DNA Marker) and in December 2017 were finalised as a requirement by MPI as part of their science definition for manuka honey.
Analytica offers all testing included in MPI's proposed requirements - see below for further information, including accreditation details. We are the first laboratory to achieve full ISO 17025 and full RLP Approval for the MPI Manuka honey tests. 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.
Analytica is approved by MPI to offer both the MPI Manuka Chemical Marker and the DNA marker test under its Limited Recognised Laboratory Programme. Analytica also holds full ISO 17025 accreditation under IANZ for both the MPI Manuka Chemical Marker and DNA marker tests. We are the first laboratory to achieve full ISO 17025 and full RLP Approval for the MPI Manuka honey tests. This means that results can be used in future to meet MPI's General Requirements for Export of honey.
Please note that MPI's proposed General Requirements for Export were finalised as a requirement in December 2017, and that they will apply to honey being exported but not to honey being traded within NZ. For up to date information regarding these export requirements, please refer to the MPI website.
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 Monofloral Manuka or Multifloral Manuka honey.
Analytica's MPI Manuka Chemical Marker test includes all 4 markers for one price.
The compounds are as follows: