Manuka Honey Fraud

HOney drizzlerWhen is manuka honey not manuka honey? More often than you might think, it seems.  Research by the Unique Manuka Honey Association in New Zealand has shown that 1,700 tonnes of manuka honey is produced each year but 1,800 tonnes of “manuka” honey is sold in Britain each year and as much as 10,000 tonnes is sold worldwide.  Tests suggest that many manuka honey products that have been imported by the UK have none of the claimed active properties of a real manuka honey. Some products aren’t even manuka honey at all. The potential fraud is now the subject of an international investigation. The UK Food Standards Agency is asking all trading standard authorities to “make sure anyone selling manuka honey is aware that they must fully comply with the law.”

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