Friday, December 19, 2008

Medicinal Honey Producer Loses Court Battle

Honey Exporter Loses Battle with Regulator
NZPA, 12/19/2008

A fast-growing Manuka honey export company has lost its appeal with an industry regulator to be allowed to continue using a quality assurance label on its products.

Watson and Son Ltd exported the majority of its product to Britain.

Certain strains of Manuka honey have higher medicinal use than others displayed as a Unique Manuka Factor (UMF), a trademark owned by the Active Manuka Honey Association (AMHA).

Testing of Watson's products last year raised concerns the honey did not reach the UMF levels claimed on the packaging.

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