Update – 2 June 2023
No change to mānuka honey definition
New Zealand Food Safety has completed a thorough scientific review of the mānuka honey definition, which did not support any change.
The current definition was introduced in 2018 following a 3-year science programme. The programme involved collecting plant and honey samples from across New Zealand to find markers in the honey that could be traced back to the mānuka plant.
The review of the definition began in 2020 to ensure it remains robust and fit for purpose. It was a thorough review process, involving domestic and international mānuka honey experts, as well as analysis of a range of data collected from industry.
A summary of the findings as well as the peer-reviewers report is available to read and download.
Scientific interpretive summary and peer review summary of the reassessment of the scientific basis of the regulatory export definition for mānuka honey [PDF, 1 MB]