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Mānuka honey is known for its unique antibacterial properties, which are attributed to the presence of a naturally occurring compound called methylglyoxal (MGO).
This mānuka honey is produced by honey bees located in remote locations across the North and South Islands of New Zealand. The honey bees collect nectar from the mānuka plant (Leptospermum scoparium), which is native to New Zealand.
The True Honey Co. is certified and licensed by NZ Fernmark (License number: 100086) which verifies New Zealand as its country of origin. The Fernmark license is a formal government recognition of The True Honey Co.'s connection to New Zealand.
There are systems in place throughout The True Honey Co.’s supply chain to ensure that each jar of honey meets high standards of safety and quality.
All facilities that extract, store and pack the honey products operate under an approved Risk Management Programme (RMP) to ensure product quality is maintained.
The product is delivered from the factory to the appropriate distribution route via a registered transport company.
This honey carries the AQ Assured brand and QR code on label for consumers to scan for more information on the safety and quality measures undertaken throughout the product supply chain.
As part of their commitment to care for the fragile ecosystem, The True Honey Co. use helicopters to fly the hives into their environment to avoid disruption to the bees and their native bush home.
Their honey is stored in glass jars which are then packed in award winning, drop-proof and recyclable packaging, to ensure the products are delivered in the best possible condition. This clever packaging is constructed from strong Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified cardboard, and has won a total of five awards.
New Zealand has strict regulations and a rigorous testing and grading system in place to ensure the authenticity and quality of mānuka honey.
MGO stands for methylglyoxal, a naturally occurring compound found within mānuka honey. MGO is one of the compounds tested to determine the quality and purity of mānuka honey. The higher the MGO rating the more methylglyoxal in the honey.
The True Honey Co. is a member of the UMF™ Honey Association (License number 2900). UMF™ is a grading system undertaken by the more than 100 New Zealand honey producers that form the UMF™ Honey Association. This grading system requires laboratory testing for three grading attributes in order to determine the UMF™ rating.
The True Honey Co. honey meets the Ministry for Primary Industries requirements for the scientific definition of mānuka honey. For honey to be labelled as mānuka it must be tested by a recognised laboratory and meet the 5 mānuka attributes (4 chemicals from nectar and 1 DNA marker from mānuka pollen).
Samples of honey are independently tested at an accredited laboratory for authenticity, safety, quality, methylglyoxal (MGO) and the Unique Mānuka Factor (UMF™).
All The True Honey Co.'s extraction, bottling, transport and storage facilities are audited to verify the requirements of the Risk Management Programme ( RMP ).
This product is 100% NZ mānuka honey
This batch of honey has been independently tested to contain at least 500mg/kg of methylglyoxal (MGO)
This batch of honey has been independently tested to contain at least UMF™ 15+