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 http://pnzh.honeyid.com/. 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.
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