Local manuka honey buyers will get extra assurance with the release of two new quality seals for authentic Australian manuka honey.
The seals are only available to manuka honey producers whose honey meets the standard laid down by the Australian Manuka Honey Association.
John Rawcliffe, general manager of New Zealand’s UMF honey industry association, told online news site Stuff.co.nz recently that Australian honey producers are “taking part of the [Maori] creation story and bastardizing it.”
His remarkable claim appears to have little support, but is part of an ongoing campaign intended to block Australian manuka honey producers from access to international markets.
Australia’s Manuka honey producers have adopted an official seal of authenticity.
The new seal will be available exclusively to members of the Australian Manuka Honey Association, and will give consumers assurance that the Manuka honey they are buying is genuine. ..