Radio New Zealand, 1/22/2014
An organisation representing most of the country's manuka honey producers says it's got the backing of a major overseas customer for a project authenticating the highly-prized honey.
The Ministry for Primary Industries has begun working on a new guideline for New Zealand's most valuable honey, after concerns were raised in some overseas markets about false claims and labelling for manuka, which commands top prices for its anti-bacterial and healing qualities.
Meanwhile, the Unique Manuka Factor or Honey Association is collecting samples from around the country to establish a chemical profile of manuka.
It will fingerprint manuka and other types of honey to use as a reference point in honey testing…