manuka standards faq

FAQ ON MANUKA HONEY STANDARDS

HOW CAN SOMEONE TELL IF THEIR JAR OF MANUKA HONEY IS REAL?

The single best way to know if a Manuka Honey is genuine is to make sure the label says “packed in New Zealand” or the Fernmark Seal (an even higher stamp of authenticity for products produced in New Zealand) on the package – this guarantees the honey was tested before export, is authentic, and meets the global MPI Manuka Honey standards.  

As of February 5, 2018, all Manuka Honey packed in jars and exported from New Zealand is now required to be tested to show it meets the MPI Manuka Honey standard before it can lawfully be labelled as Manuka.


WHAT ABOUT UMF? I THOUGHT THIS WAS THE BEST GRADING SYSTEM FOR MANUKA?

UMF or Unique Manuka Factor is just one methodology, like KFactor or MGO, that some Manuka Honey brands use on their packaging – it was created by The Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA) which is a voluntary member trade organization. It is not a governing body for regulating Manuka Honey. The only governing body that regulates what makes real Manuka Honey, is the New Zealand government’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), which created the first global standard and definition for Manuka Honey in early 2018. This is the only government-regulated and approved standard for Manuka Honey in the world!

What’s great about the MPI standard is that as of February 5, 2018, all Manuka Honey exported from New Zealand is now required to be tested to show it meets the MPI Manuka Honey standard before it can lawfully be labelled as Manuka. Wedderspoon’s KFactor methodology goes above and beyond the MPI standard for Manuka Honey and is comprised of five ‘key factors’ that focus on the holistic qualities of authentic Manuka Honey. Wedderspoon never adds or takes away anything from its Manuka Honey – it’s truly pure, raw, hive-to-home Manuka.


WHAT ABOUT MGO? I THOUGHT THIS WAS WHAT MADE MANUKA HONEY SO SPECIAL?

In order to be true Manuka, there are four chemical markers and one DNA marker that must exist. It’s important to note that methylglyoxal (aka MGO) is not one of the compounds that defines a true Manuka Honey. This is because MGO levels can change over time and thus is not a reliable marker. This infographic created by MPI explains the definition in more detail.

MGO is just one of a few different methodologies, like KFactor and UMF, that Manuka Honey brands use on their packaging, but all Manuka Honey that is packed in New Zealand must be tested and the results provided to MPI proving it meets the new standards before being exported.  

Wedderspoon’s KFactor methodology goes above and beyond the MPI standard for Manuka Honey and is comprised of five ‘key factors’ that focus on the holistic qualities of authentic Manuka Honey. Wedderspoon never adds or takes away anything from its Manuka Honey – it’s truly pure, raw, hive-to-home Manuka.