MPI Manuka Testing

MPI have released a set of requirements for testing of honey for export that processors wish to label as being monofloral mānuka or multifloral mānuka honey.  These include 4 chemical markers (MPI Mānuka Chemical Markers) and a DNA marker from mānuka pollen (MPI Mānuka DNA Pollen) and in December 2017 were finalised as a requirement by MPI as part of their science definition for mānuka honey. 

Analytica offers all testing included in MPI's export requirements for mānuka honey - 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 Mānuka honey tests. In order to be classified as either a monofloral mānuka or multifloral mānuka the honey must meet minimum levels for each of the chemical and DNA markers.

ACCREDITATIONS

Analytica is approved by MPI to offer both the MPI Mānuka 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 Mānuka Chemical Marker and DNA marker tests. We are the first laboratory to achieve full ISO 17025 and full RLP Approval for the MPI Mānuka honey tests. This means that results can be used in future to meet MPI's General Requirements for Export (GREX) of honey.

Please note that MPI's proposed General Requirements for Export (GREX) 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


PRICING AND TURNAROUND TIME

2 - 3 day TAT of MPI Mānuka Chemical Marker and MPI Manuka DNA Marker results. Please contact Analytica for current pricing on 07 974 4740 or at sales@analytica.co.nz  


MPI Manuka Chemical Markers

These are naturally occurring compounds found in mānuka honey, that MPI have chosen to use to confirm that a honey contains sufficient mānuka nectar to be labelled as mānuka honey.  There are minimum amounts of each of 4 chemical markers needed for honey to be labelled as monofloral mānuka or multifloral mānuka honey.

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

The compounds are as follows:

Minimum Requirement For Monofloral Manuka Honey
Minimum Requirement For Multifloral Manuka Honey
3-Phenyllactic acid (3-PLA)
400 mg/kg
20 – 399 mg/kg
2’-Methoxyacetophenone (2'-MAP)
5 mg/kg
1 mg/kg
4-Hydroxyphenyllactic acid (4-HPLA)
1 mg/kg
1 mg/kg
2-Methoxybenzoic acid (2-MBA)
1 mg/kg
1 mg/kg

MPI Manuka Pollen DNA Test

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

Minimum Requirement For Monofloral Manuka Honey
Minimum Requirement For Multifloral Manuka Honey
DNA from mānuka pollen
Less than Cq 36 (approximately 3 fg/µL)
Less than Cq 36 (approximately 3 fg/µL)


The MPI Mānuka DNA 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 mānuka or a multifloral mānuka 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 mānuka or multifloral mānuka honey.

For more information on MPI’s mānuka 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 Mānuka Chemical Marker test – following sample preparation, analysis is carried out by UPLC with diode array detection and UPLC-MS/MS.

MPI Mānuka DNA Pollen test – after extracting DNA from the pollen, PCR is used to amplify target regions using a proprietary testing kit approved by MPI.

 

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 3214
New Zealand

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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

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10 Bisley Road, Private Bag 3123,
Hamilton 3214
New Zealand


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