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UMF MGO Manuka Honey: Authenticity, Testing, and Traceability


UMF® is a registered trademark of the UMF® Honey Association that can only be used by licensed operators who meet specific standards and criteria. 100% Pure New Zealand Honey is a UMF® certified partner with the license number no. 1037. One of the chemical markers used to determine the UMF® rating of each UMF® Manuka honey is Methylglyoxal (MGO). MGO is the chemical that gives Manuka honey its unique antibacterial properties. The UMF® level varies depending on the amount of MGO present in the honey.

What is UMF® Manuka Honey?

UMF® Manuka Honey is a specific type of Manuka honey that has been independently tested and certified. It is produced by bees that pollinate the Manuka tree, which is native to New Zealand. UMF® Manuka Honey is known for its unique antibacterial properties, and it is highly sought after for its potential health benefits.

Understanding UMF® Levels

The UMF® level of Manuka honey is determined by the amount of MGO present in the honey. The higher the UMF® level, the higher the concentration of MGO and the stronger the honey’s antibacterial properties. The UMF® levels range from UMF® 5+ to UMF® 20+, with UMF® 20+ being the highest level available.

The Importance of Other Markers

While MGO is an essential marker for determining the UMF® level of Manuka honey, it is not the only indicator of authenticity. Other markers, such as Leptosperin, are also important and unique to Manuka honey. Leptosperin cannot be chemically manufactured, which makes it a reliable marker for identifying authentic Manuka honey.

Testing and Traceability

Every batch of UMF® Manuka honey undergoes testing for a range of chemical markers to ensure its authenticity. With the HoneyID™ traceability tool, customers can check the independent laboratory report for their honey to verify its quality. If a honey does not test for MGO and other unique markers, it raises questions about its authenticity.


UMF® Manuka honey is a unique and highly sought-after honey known for its antibacterial properties. The UMF® level of each honey is determined by the amount of MGO present, but other markers such as Leptosperin are also important for authentication. Every batch of UMF® Manuka honey is tested for a range of markers, and customers can verify the authenticity through the HoneyID™ traceability tool. Choose UMF® certified Manuka honey for genuine, high-quality honey with potential health benefits.


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