Consultation opens on domestic mānuka honey standards

The Government wants to hear from mānuka honey producers and consumers on whether the honey produced and sold in New Zealand should meet similar requirements to exported mānuka honey.

Agriculture and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor opened the consultation at the Apiculture New Zealand conference and trade exhibition in Blenheim.

He recalled that in December 2017, the Ministry for Primary Industries introduced a robust scientific definition for exported New Zealand mānuka honey to safeguard the industry from cowboy operators and protect New Zealand’s trade reputation.

The next step is to consider options for mānuka honey sold in New Zealand.

“The mānuka honey industry is worth nearly $180 million to New Zealand, although it’s not known what portion stays in the country and this consultation will also help us to better understand that,” Damien O’Connor said.

Email submissions to Manuka.Honey@mpi.govt.nz by 5pm on Monday 17 September 2018.

More information can be found HERE. 

Source: Ministry for Primary Industries 

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