Manuka Honey: Liquid Gold or Not?
TVNZ, 8/5/2009 - They call it liquid gold - it's one of our fastest growing export success stories but Close up rips the lid off an industry rife with false claims and deceit.
Jars of active Manuka honey are being sold overseas for up to $200 a pop.
The honey is prized for its unique antibacterial activity and is used in wound healing, as well as against digestive problems.
But the claims on the packaging often fail to match what's inside, meaning huge profits for unscrupulous producers.
Gill Higgins investigates a murky industry in need of a clean up and Mark Sainsbury talks to John Rawcliffe from the Honey Association.