Buying Manuka Honey

Note these points when buying Manuka Honey:

• Look for the UMF trademark on the label;
• UMF Manuka can be packed and labelled only in New Zealand;
• UMF Manuka must have at least UMF 5+ and above;
• Retailers must be able to provide a UMF laboratory test report when asked for it; and
• Packing house licence number.

One of the brands, 100% Pure New Zealand Honey, has developed a new UMF batch-tracking website called Honey ID at The brand is a member of the UMF Honey Association and a licensed Manuka honey packer. Type in the jar’s batch number, usually found on the back of the label or in the shipment packing slip, and get details about a particular batch of UMF Manuka honey, including the independent laboratory report that authenticates the product as being genuine.

To receive a UMF® grading, a honey must have the presence of DHA (dihydroxyacetone), Methylglyoxal, and Leptosperin. The UMF® rating is a measure of the attributes and values that make up Manuka honey, and assures purity & quality.

Methylglyoxal Level UMF® Grade
≥83 mg/kg 5+
≥263 mg/kg 10+
≥514 mg/kg 15+
≥573 mg/kg 16+
≥696 mg/kg 18+
≥829 mg/kg 20+
≥1200 mg/kg 25+
≥1449 mg/kg 28+

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