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Exceeding NZ export requirements...


As the world’s finest Manuka Honey brand, Steens has always been committed to providing assurances to global customers of purity, safety and authenticity. 


All of the honey we pack into pots exceeded NZ Government export testing requirements. That is because not only do we test our honey under the NZ Government's Ministry for Primary Industry (MPI) Guidelines, but we also test our honey under the UMF Grading system - which exceeds NZ Goverment Export standards - as is the most stringent test for Manuka honey globally.


This sets the bar extremely high - however we believe this is critical to our business and is vital to ensure trust when purchasing Steens Honey. It is estimated that up to 80% of all honey labelled as Manuka honey is not legitimate Manuka.

MPI export testing - Manuka Honey Definition


All honey packed in New Zealand as Manuka for export must be tested by an New Zealand government MPI-recognised laboratory to make sure it meets the Manuka honey definition prescribed by the NZ government. 


The Manuka honey definition test is made up of a combination of 5 attributes (4 chemical markers from nectar and 1 DNA marker from the Manuka pollen found in the honey). 


This test allows the industry to separate Manuka honey from other honey types and identify it as either monofloral or multifloral Manuka honey. Currently the MPI regulations are such that this definition only applies to honey packed and exported in consumer packaging from New Zealand. This means that honey sold domestically within New Zealand does not yet need to meet the definition. 



Find out more by visiting MPI’s website 


Or view the MPI Manuka Honey infographic 



UMF® graded Honey 

The UMF™ trademark is a quality trademark that is internationally verified and recognised. It is backed by an industry quality standard, independent audits and a network of accredited laboratories around the world. 

You can be sure that you are buying the best quality Manuka honey and your rights as a consumer are protected. To ensure your Manuka Honey is genuine, look for UMF® (Unique Manuka Factor) on the label.


UMF® grading tests for 4 markers in Manuka including...

  • Methlglyoxal (MGO) - MGO stands for methylglyoxal, the naturally occurring compound that makes Manuka honey so special

  • Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) - a precursor chemical of MGO, is found in the nectar of Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka) in New Zealand. The DHA levels are often still relatively high in freshly harvested honey. Over a period of time, the DHA will convert to MGO in the honey, through a natural chemical process

  • Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) - this is a test to ensure the honey has not been heated excessively

  • Leptosperin - a unique marker only found in New Zealand Manuka honey

MPI RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME (RMP)

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a preventative Food Safety System in which every step in the manufacture, storage and distribution of a food product is scientifically analysed for microbiological, physical and chemical hazards. Potential hazards are identified and appropriate control measures are taken before any problems can occur. Steens is certified under the HACCP principals overseen by the Ministry for Primary Industries.


HACCP 

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a preventative Food Safety System in which every step in the manufacture, storage and distribution of a food product is scientifically analysed for microbiological, physical and chemical hazards. Potential hazards are identified and appropriate control measures are taken before any problems can occur. Steens is certified under the HACCP principals overseen by the Ministry for Primary Industries.