Manuka Health – MGO Manuka Honey

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Manuka Health is a leader in scientific research into Manuka Honey. In close collaboration with Professor Thomas Henle, they have developed the scientific measurement method with which one of the most important ingredients of Manuka Honey, Methylglyoxal (MGO) can be measured. This measurement method is now THE standard imposed by the New Zealand government (NPI) on all Manuka honey producers where Methylglyoxal (MGO) is the quality guarantee for Manuka Honey .

Manuka Health, in collaboration with the University of Dresden, has built up close collaboration with research centers in Japan (University of Kobe), the United States (UCLA), Great Britain, Germany (University of Dresden), partly due to the progressive scientific view and research methods. , Australia and New Zealand (University of Waikato). Hereby it is very important to know that the research centers do a lot of research into the Manuka Honey from Manuka Health because of its high quality and properties. Partly due to the scientific research and testing methods, Manuka Health’s Manuka Honey is always guaranteed and certified.

Manuka Health is currently investigating, in collaboration with the various research centers, the properties of Manuka Honey and the important role of Methylglyoxal, the unique qualities of the BIO30 + and BIO100 + Propolis from New Zealand (measured by CAPE content). In addition, Manuka Health is constantly developing new products to utilize the unique qualities of the New Zealand flora and fauna for our health. Products from the personal care line and Cyclopower are the results of extensive research and close collaboration with leading scientists.

100% Dedication

Given by Nature, Proven by Science. Manuka Health produces a wide variety of 100% natural products, all characterized by high quality, modern innovation and by using the unique natural properties that occur exclusively in New Zealand flora and fauna. Partly due to the very accurate scientific methods and insights, Manuka Health is able to transfer all qualities that occur naturally in the Manuka Honey and propolis, from the hive to the end product without compromising quality or ingredients. By using the latest scientific techniques, all Manuka Health products are 100% authentic and unaffected. Manuka Health guarantees that the naturally occurring natural components are just as active and powerful as they were in the hive. 100% dedication; 100% real products.

Measuring = knowing

Manuka Health is a leader in the Manuka Honey field. Manuka Health is the first company in the world to develop a highly accurate, scientific certification system. The developed scientific certification system has been designated by the New Zealand government and the NPI as THE standard method for certifying Manuka Honey. By using the scientific certification system, it is possible to identify the crucial bioactive substance; Methyl glyoxal; to measure. The amount of Methylglyoxal is measured in mg / kg.

The certification system, developed by Institute of Food Chemistry at the Technical University of Dresden in Germany under the leadership of professor Thomas Henle and Manuka Health, is now the mandatory measurement method in New Zealand from government roads. Professor Henle and his team were the first to document that the compound primarily responsible for the non-peroxide very unique activity of Manuka Honey Methylglyoxal was. From 2006 the UMF value (unique manuka factor) was no longer unknown and is now known as Methylglyoxal. The discoverer of the UMF value, Professor Peter Molan, could not identify it at the time, but he was able to establish that Manuka Honey contained very unique properties.

Because of the dogma present in the world of Manuka Honey, the measurement of an actual and present substance (Methylglyoxal) was not appreciated.
Before Methylglyoxal was discovered, Manuka Honingen were and are being measured to this day, which has proven to be an inaccurate measurement method, based on activity correlated with phenol solutions. These test methods are inaccurate because the test results change and are subject to temperature fluctuations, exposure to oxygen and UV exposures.

With the discovery of Methylglyoxal, values ​​in Manuka Honey could finally be determined accurately and scientifically. Measuring the presence of Methylglyoxal has become the standard of laboratories and producers of Manuka Honey. The New Zealand government, NPI, has determined that all Manuka Honey from New Zealand must be tested for the presence of Methylglyoxal.

Manuka Health remains the leader in the field of Manuka Honey through innovative product development and scientific research.

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Guaranteed and Trusted Quality

Manuka Health develops, produces and markets the products itself to ensure that quality is maintained throughout the entire process from beehive to end product. All Manuka Health products meet very strict quality and safety standards that ensure that all natural bio-active compounds are stored and maintained. Manuka Health uses very extensive and accurate systems to trace all components from beehive to end product.

Manuka Health tests each batch in its ISO 17025-certified laboratory at the levels of diastasis, DHA , HMF and methylglyoxal and check the content before this is further processed in our RMP-certified, state-of-the-art facility in Te Awamutu, New Zealand

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100% Original Manuka Honey from New Zealand

Manuka Health New Zealand Ltd only buys manuka honey from its own beehives or from external beekeepers from all over New Zealand. The honey is processed, packaged and labeled at the Manuka Health processing facility in Weona Court, Te Awamutu.

All honey barrels undergo a reception process upon arrival at the processing facility, during which visual inspections are performed, honey samples are taken and the source documentation of the manuka honey is checked, as required by the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) – requirements for processing bee products. The certified laboratory of Manuka Health New Zealand Ltd tests samples from all vessels on site. The analysis involves testing methylglyoxal (MGO) and dihydroxyacetone (DHA) content, hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), diastase, DNA analysis of manuka pollen, moisture content and microbiological parameters. After the reception and quality controls are completed, the honey barrels are stored in the temperature-controlled storage of Manuka Health. Stored barrels are regularly subjected to sampling and testing to check and guarantee the quality of the honey.

Processing and packaging of the manuka honey is done in a batch process. The Operations and Planning teams select honey barrels with the required quality parameters to ensure that each batch of honey meets the criteria for release of the end product. During processing, the batch of honey is constantly checked for quality, including visual inspection and analysis by the Operations Production team.

All honey batches undergo rigorous on-site laboratory testing before being released. If necessary, additional samples are sent to external IANZ-certified laboratories for analysis by the New Zealand accreditation body.

Manuka honey must meet the specifications of the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) as set out in its guideline document ‘Interim Labeling Guide for Manuka Honey’ of 31 July 2014. The specifications for manuka honey include the following parameters: color, conductivity, taste , aroma, presence of pollen of the Manuka type and the presence of MGO and DHA.

The individual batches of honey are released by the quality assurance team. The release criteria are based on the production data and the batch data sheet, the test results of the batch and the origin documentation. This ensures that the manuka honey meets the legal and market requirements. For honey with a special product characteristic (eg MGO), the results must meet the release criteria according to the quality control for that characteristic before the batch can be released. Quality criteria for the release of honey products from Manuka Health are drawn up and confirmed by the Manuka Health Group, including with regard to research and development, regulations and quality assurance.

The quality assurance team provides an analysis certificate for each batch of honey. The honey product is only released from quarantine for labeling and then shipment when these strict quality assessment criteria are met.

In addition, Manuka Health participates in the E-Certificate of Official Assurances program, a web application with which the New Zealand government (MPI) provides guarantees to other governments with regard to animal and dairy products that are exported by New Zealand. This e-certificate is included with every shipment of honey to the EU and many other countries that have agreements with New Zealand via the Overseas Market Access Requirements.

Manuka Health currently has the following certifications:

MHNZ Weona Court location: RMP – Processing of bee products, ISO 9001, BRC Global standard for food safety
MHNZ laboratory: IANZ certified ISO 17025

In addition, Manuka Health participates in the E-Certificate of Official Assurances program, a web application with which the New Zealand government (MPI) provides guarantees to other governments with regard to animal and dairy products that are exported by New Zealand. This e-certificate is included with every shipment of honey to the EU and many other countries that have agreements with New Zealand via the Overseas Market Access Requirements.

Manuka Health New Zealand Ltd mainly produces monofloral manuka honey.

With the product release of each honey batch, the following test results are evaluated to ensure compliance with the quality release criteria for honey products. These results are then aggregated in the Analysis Certificate provided by the quality assurance team. Our packaging is BPA free.

Information from Manuka Health about pesticides and herbicides related to manuka honey

Manuka Health uses a strict quality control process with which all honey is tested on a number of parameters including microbiological elements, toxins, sugars, pollen, moisture content, taste, color and enzyme activity. In this way it is guaranteed that all honey that arrives at our packaging facility, and all batches that are ready and leave the facility, are of the highest quality.

In New Zealand we are also supervised by two government agencies that set rules to protect bees and food sources:

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for the country’s food safety system; it sets and monitors standards for the food industry. MPI has a national screening program in which Manuka Health – in addition to our own batch monitoring program – also participates. Part 8.0 of the MPI Consolidated List of Tests for Animal Products provides a detailed description of the chemical residue testing program that also applies to honey (and other animal products such as meat, fish, and dairy). For more information, click on this link

The New Zealand Environment Protection Authority (EPA) protects bees and other pollinators such as moths, butterflies, gliders and birds by setting rules on when, how and where insecticides can be used. In New Zealand, strict rules have been in place for years regarding the use of a class of insecticides containing neonicotinoids. As a New Zealand environmental regulator, the EPA has the task of controlling these risks. The authority does this by setting rules for the use of neonicotinoids including special measures aimed exclusively at protecting bees. For more information, click on this link

The most important measure for protecting our manuka honey is the placement of our baskets: we choose remote, unspoilt locations at a great distance from farmland. This minimizes the risk of the presence of herbicides and pesticides at these locations.

MGO ™ Manuka Honey from New Zealand

Manuka Honey from New Zealand is the world’s only 100% natural food in which scientific research has shown that it contains very unique high bio-activities. The substance responsible for this special and unique quality is Methylglyoxal. Methylglyoxal was discovered in 2006 by a group of German scientists led by Professor Thomas Henle. They showed that the exceptionally high levels of Methylglyoxal in Manuka Honey determine the high quality and reliable bioactivity.

Manuka Health produces Manuka Honey with different MGO values of MGO 30+, MGO 100+, MGO 250+, MGO 400+, MGO 550+, MGO 700+ & amp; MGO 850+. This allows the consumer to choose and determine which strength is desired. The higher the Methylglyoxal content, the stronger and more powerful the Manuka Honey.

Manuka Health’s MGO ™ Manuka Honey; unique from New Zealand

New Zealand Manuka Honey is the only 100% natural food in the world that has been scientifically proven to have an effective and reliable unique high quality activity.

In 2006, German scientists discovered that these exceptionally high levels of Methylglyoxal in Manuka Honey are solely responsible for the unique and reliable bioactivity. Manuka Health produces Manuka Honey with different strengths, ranging from 30 mg / kg to 850 mg / kg , so that consumer can choose the products. The higher the Methylglyoxal content, the stronger the Manuka Honey.

MGO ™ Certification system; first in the world based on reliable science

Manuka Health was the first company in the world to start measuring the Methylglyoxal content in Manuka Honey in 2008. As an example: MGO ™ 400+ Manuka Honey has been tested and certified for at least 400 mg / kg Methylglyoxal , the minimum required for the unique health benefits. Read more about the investigations of Professor Thomas Henle and Professor Peter Molan .

Methylglyoxal (MGO ™)

MGO ™ Manuka Honey is the only food in the world found to date with a significant methylglyoxal content ranging from 20 mg / kg to more than 850 mg / kg. For comparison: all other globally tested honey ranged from 0 to 5 mg / kg, other foods from 0 to 10 mg / kg but with coffee and cocoa as an exception with values up to 45 mg / kg.

Why choose Manuka Health MGO ™ Manuka Honey?

Manuka Health has been busy for years discovering the secrets and unique qualities of Manuka honey, protecting and optimizing the purity and the extraordinary natural properties. In addition, Manuka Health continues to develop its expertise with its scientific research partnerships.

Care & amp; Expertise from Hive to Home
The dedicated team of specialists at Manuka Health (about 1.5 billion bees and 140 people) take care and care for this rare and special honey at every step of the process.

100% origin from New Zealand
Each pot can be traced back to the beekeeper from where it came and has been carefully tested, packaged and securely sealed, all here in New Zealand in our specialized honey factory; read more in the quality guarantee

Tested and certified for MGO ™ potency, purity and quality
Every batch has been tested, so you can be confident that our premium MGO ™ Manuka honey is exactly what it promises to be.

Manuka Health – MGO ™ Manuka Honey

Manuka Health MGO ™ Manuka Honey comes from remote, unspoilt areas of New Zealand. Manuka Health’s team of honey specialists carefully takes care of this rare and special honey and records the living energy of New Zealand’s nature in every spoon.

From gourmet MGO ™ 30+ Manuka Honey Blend to MGO ™ 550 + Manuka Honey for ultra-care, Manuka Health has Manuka honey for all your needs.

Manuka Health also combines the high-quality MGO ™ Manuka Honey with the caring properties of premium New Zealand Propolis (very rich in CAPE) and other active and soothing natural ingredients. The range includes wonderfully soothing MGO ™ Manuka honey pastilles, throat spray and syrups . Just see them as the winter warriors of nature!

Compare the benefits of a science-based MGO ™ Manuka Honey Certification System

Methylglyoxal (MGO)
Error margin & lt; 2%
Repeatability HIGH
Certainty for the Consumer: Guaranteed level of the active ingredient
Transparency: Honest, transparent
Understandability for the Consumer: The MGO concept as an active ingredient is well understood and accepted

Non-Peroxide Activity
Error margin & gt; 25%
Repeatability NOT REPEATABLE
Certainty for the Consumer: Lottery. Many brands use the same method to test for hydrogen peroxide activity, which is unreliable
Transparency: No explanation was given on which specific constituent is tested
Understandability for Consumer: Consumers do not understand the system that measures an unspecified component


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