Manuka Honey is not always Manuka Honey!
The Consumers’ Association has conducted an extensive investigation into Manuka Honey, which has shown that many brands apply fraud. This is done by incorrectly mentioning Methylglyoxal values, incorrect labeling, selling very low quality Manuka Honey as very good and much more.
The values of Manuka Honey are determined by the natural presence of both MGO, DHA and HMF. If MGO is high, the value of DHA is also high and the value of HMF is relatively low.
Manufacturers mislead consumers by making them think that they are buying high-quality Manuka Honey, but are not actually doing so. The HMF values automatically increase due to, among other things, artificial heating of Manuka Honey. By measuring HMF values in laboratories, one can find out if a honey has been heated. By artificially heating low quality Manuka Honey, which increases the Methylglyoxal values, it is possible to sell Manuka Honey more expensive than it actually is. This has also been demonstrated by the Consumers’ Association.
Manufacturers mislead consumers by:
Label indicates Manuka Honey; however, tests show that it hardly contains Manuka Honey.
Incorrect UMF or Methylglyoxal values
Label indicates Active 24+ / UMF 25+ or MGO 850+ Manuka Honey; however, tests have shown that it only has values of 30 mg / kg Methylglyoxal.
Manuka Honey heated too strongly
Label indicates 850 mg / kg Methylglyoxal, without informing the consumer that the honey has been heated (measurable by measuring HMF).
This causes the Methylglyoxal value to rise unnaturally and all active ingredients to disappear.
Cheap Manuka Honey as an expensive sell
A combination of both an incorrect label, overly heated manuka honey and unclear indication on the label about the values.
Important measurable ingredients / compounds in Manuka Honey
MGO; Methylglyoxal; is measured in mg / kg.
The ingredient that makes Manuka Honey so unique.
DHA; Dihydroxyacetone; is the precursor of Methylglyoxal in nectar; is measured in mg / kg.
Determines the final amount of Methylglyoxal in a honey
HMF; Hydroxymethylfurfural; the indicator for heating honey; the higher this value, the hotter the honey has been; is measured in mg / kg.
Dust that is released when honey is heated. Important indication for the quality.