Work is continuing to determine what guidelines should be
used to define manuka honey so it can be true to label.
Last month, the Ministry for Primary Industries produced a
discussion document asking the industry and scientists to
help it come up with guidelines for the whole industry.
It had received 71 submissions from individuals and
representatives from the New Zealand honey industry by
September 30 when submissions closed.
Earlier this month, it met manuka honey scientists to discuss
the available scientific evidence and has commissioned an
independent review of the literature.
The ministry expected to publish an analysis of the
submissions and a draft interim labelling guideline by about
the end of October.
But it has now said it might need to commission further
research to be able to finalise a suitably robust
There is no international standard specifically for manuka
honey and the New Zealand honey industry has been unable to
agree on a standard despite decades of discussion.
This year, some overseas markets have questioned some New
Zealand manuka honey's authenticity, putting market access at
risk, and that has intensified the pressures to resolve the