New Zealand Minister's Manuka Honey Claims Not Backed by Science
Manuka Health's Chief Executive Kerry Paul has challenged Government claims there are "no clear scientific markers" to measure manuka honey's unique antibacterial activity.
Te Awamutu (I-Newswire) August 28, 2013 - Manuka Health's Chief Executive Kerry Paul has challenged Government claims there are "no clear scientific markers" to measure manuka honey's unique antibacterial activity.
Scientists in New Zealand and in Germany agree the key non-peroxide compound - methylglyoxal - responsible for the antibacterial activity of manuka honey, can be measured and quantified, he says.
"Manuka Health has led the way in developing a robust scientific method to quantify the actual amount of methylglyoxal in our manuka honey products," says Mr Paul.
"Our labelling system, based on methylglyoxal levels, provides consumers with a reliable way of buying genuine manuka honey with the activity for which it is famous around the world."
He was responding to comments by Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye that part of the manuka honey labelling difficulty was that "there aren't any clear scientific markers".
"This is not supported by scientists who work in this field," Mr Paul says.
Professor Thomas Henle, head of the Institute of Food Chemistry at the Technical University of Dresden, identified methylglyoxal in 2006 as the dominant, measurable ingredient responsible for the antibacterial activity of manuka honey.
When he visited New Zealand last year, Professor Henle said testing for methylglyoxal levels in manuka honey was a reliable, quantitative method to measure its special activity.
"A labelling system has to be scientifically sound, based on a method which is published and can be used in any laboratory. This is definitely the case for methylglyoxal manuka honey labelling," Professor Henle said.
Manuka Health exports a wide range of MGO® labelled manuka honey products to more than 45 countries, including the United Kingdom. It has about 20 percent global market share.
It is the only company worldwide to market manuka honey, which has been tested and certified to contain at least 100mg/kg of nutritional methylglyoxal, the minimum level required for any health benefits.
Mr Paul says consumers should check the methylglyoxal content on the product label to be confident they are buying manuka honey with the activity for which it is famous.
"Manuka Health takes a rigorous approach to managing supply from our Wairarapa beekeeping operation to the shelf, to guarantee the quality of the finished product, he says.
The company's manufacturing facility and distribution centre based in Te Awamutu is ISO 9001 and New Zealand Food Safety Authority Risk Management Programme accredited. The company operates it own laboratory for testing bioactives and quality parameters under ISO 17025 certification.
Professor Henle visited New Zealand in March 2012 as a guest of Manuka Health to give public lectures at the Universities of Waikato and Auckland.
About Manuka Health New Zealand Ltd
Manuka Health is a New Zealand-owned company committed to providing effective natural healthcare sol More..utions utilising the unique healing properties of bioactive compounds found only in New Zealand flora and fauna.
By combining leading edge research with these naturally occurring compounds, we are able to deliver a range of products that restore balance and quality to people's lives.Less..
Manuka Health New Zealand Ltd
PO Box 25
Phone : +64 9 570 1820
Published in:Health & Fitness
Published On:August 28, 2013
Print Release:Print Release
If you have questions regarding information in this press release contact the company listed above. I-Newswire.com is a press release service and not the author of this press release.The information that is on or available through this site is for informational purposes only and speaks only as of the particular date or dates of that information. As some companies and PR Agencies submit their press releases once per week,month or quarter, make sure to check the official company website for accurate release dates as our site displays the I-Newswire.com press release distribution date only.We do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of information on or available through this site, and we are not responsible for or omissions in that information or for actions taken in reliance on that information.
Stephouse Recovery Announces That They Are Introducing Sobriety Coaches to Their Rehabilitation Program
Busy Students and Professionals Use Daily Fitness Challenges to Navigate Finals and Holiday Season
Best Foundation For Oily Skin
50plusPlusFit Online Personal Trainer Adds Yoga and Pilates For Those Over 50
Holidays An Ideal Time to Check on Mental & Physical Well-Being of Aging Loved Ones