Member’s update – May 2013

Member’s update – May 2013

The World confirming the Uniqueness of UMF® Honey

Over the last 16 months three leading laboratories in Singapore, the United Kingdom and China have independently tested honey from their respective markets. The testing involved the well diffusion assay and the chemical marker Methylglyoxal, both to the published and recognised phenol equivalent standard.

As per the table below, all of the product labelled UMF® was true to label. In one case, the audit was done live in front of that country’s regulator. To be able to do this exercise, the Association is very confident that the label requirements behind the UMF® quality mark are met.

Other key outcomes from this work have been the following:

  1. Providing good information to marketers as to the state of the market
  2. Confirmation of the published correlation
  3. Improved confidence in the testing of this honey in a world market

Combined International Audit Results:

  UMF® Other Brands
True to label 25 22
Not true to label 0 29


57% of non-UMF® product was not true to label, while all UMF® licenced product was true to label.

In almost all situations, product purchased as ‘Active’ was described by the shop assistants as the same as UMF®. The Association will be putting in a major publicity campaign in key markets to assist in clarifying that only product with the UMF® quality mark is UMF®.

The work done by the Association in conjunction with the three laboratories overseas and the New Zealand labs has confirmed the above published correlation.

What does this mean for the consumer?

It confirms that MGO does not equal NPA. Methylglyoxal is a good chemical marker, but correlation does not equal causality. It confirms that MGO400 is not NPA 20, but closer to NPA 13.

Actual Values:

MGO (mg/kg) NPA
100 5.6
250 9.7
400 12.9