Threats to Manuka Honey Industry
New Zealand Radio, 7/19/2013
A team of scientists has discovered threats to the manuka honey industry.
Genuine New Zealand manuka honey can fetch up to $250 a kilogram overseas because it contains special naturally occurring bioactive compounds.
Research that is yet to be published by a consortium of universities and Crown Research Institutes has discovered those properties can be faked by adding chemicals to normal honey, such as regular clover or low grade manuka honey.
Researchers have also discovered that storing genuine manuka honey in warm climates can make it fail tests intended to detect illegal additives…