4 Jun 2010

Manuka honey conflict reportedly resolved

10:37 pm on 4 June 2010

The manuka honey industry appears to have resolved a conflict over labelling and testing standards.

A national conference of the Bee Industry Group this week heard that honey producers and exporters are now working together to ensure supply and standard of manuka honey.

Manuka sells for a premium over other honey because of its unique antibacterial properties.

A dispute broke out last year over how that antibacterial activity should be measured and described.

The Active Manuka Honey Association says the row threatened manuka's international reputation.

General manager John Rawcliffe says it's a relief to finally have a collective industry approach.