Radio New Zealand, 3/31/2014
A Waikato University scientist says there is a risk that fraudulent products will wreck the international reputation of New Zealand honey exports.
Associate Professor Merilyn Manley-Harris says it is extremely urgent that New Zealand sets up standardised labelling of honey, especially the lucrative manuka variety.
New Zealand produced more than 16,000 tonnes of honey in 2012 and 2013 and in 2012 honey exports were worth $120 million with manuka honey making up about 90 per cent of that.
The Ministry of Primary Industries has formed two working groups to come up with a robust labelling guideline for manuka honey - one made up of scientists and one from the industry…