Friday, September 27, 2013

Ministry Working on New Guidelines for New Zealand's Medicinal Honey

Manuka honey a sticky problem for ministry
Radio New Zealand, 9/25/2013
The Ministry for Primary Industries is tackling the sticky issue of defining manuka honey.
The ministry is 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.
Despite years of trying, the honey industry has never been able to agree on a single, legally enforceable definition for manuka.
The Government decided to step in to fill the gap with a voluntary guideline, while it looks at whether regulatory backing is necessary.
The ministry has released a discussion paper on defining the unique qualities of manuka…

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