Mānuka (including MPI tests)
- Aerobic Plate Count - APC
- Aerobic Plate Count (APC) - Chinese Method
- Bacillus Cereus
- Clostridium Perfringens
- E.coli & Total Coliforms - Petri Film
- E.coli/Faecal Coliforms/Total Coliforms -MPN
- E.coli - Petri Film
- Faecal Coliforms -MPN
- E.coli/Total Coliforms - MPN
- Osmophilic Yeasts - Chinese Method
- Salmonella - Standard
- Salmonella Composite - Standard
- Salmonella - MDS
- Salmonella Composite - MDS
- Staphylococcus Aureus
- Total Coliforms - Petri Film
- Yeasts and Moulds
- Yeasts and Moulds - Chinese Method
- American Foulbrood (AFB) detection
Frequently Asked Questions
MPI Mānuka Markers Test - 4 Chemical
For honey being exported and marketed or labelled as New Zealand Mānuka honey, exporters are legally required to have the honey tested using the an approved MPI test which analyses 5 key attributes of the honey. These are 4 chemicals attributes and a DNA test. Based on MPI result definitions, the levels of each key attribute in the honey will result in the honey being classified as either non-Mānuka, multi-floral Mānuka or mono-floral Mānuka. Only honeys being exported and marketed or labelled as Mānuka are required to have the MPI 5 attribute test performed. For Mānuka honeys sold within New Zealand, this testing is not required.
The 4 chemical marker test is often performed first to reduce testing costs. If the sample meets the chemical definition of Mānuka honey a second test can be ordered on the sample to determine the DNA levels and subsequent Mānuka classification.
NOTE: The MPI classification criteria for monofloral and multifloral Mānuka honey requires a DNA test for Mānuka pollen.
- MPI Chemical Markers for Mānuka Honey
2'-Methoxyacetophenone (2'-MAP), 2-methoxybenzoic acid (2-MBA), 3-phenyllactic acid (3-PLA), and 4-hydroxyphenyllactic acid (4-HPLA) are analysed after solvent extraction and dilution by LC-MS/MS. Chemical markers are an approved MPI RLP test for Mānukahoney. According to MPI classification criteria for monofloral (Mono) and multifloral (Multi) Mānuka honey, all chemical markers need to be present at the following levels (mg/kg):
2'-MAP Mono greater than or equal to 5 Multi greater than or equal to 1
2-MBA Mono greater than or equal to 1 Multi greater than or equal to 1
3-PLA Mono greater than or equal to 400 Multi greater than or equal to 20 and less than 400
4-HPLA Mono greater than or equal to 1 Multi greater than or equal to 1
Gribbles Dunedin (Labnet) is approved by the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries to conduct this analysis under the Recognised Laboratory Programme (RLP Method 10.05).
Note: the MPI classification criteria for monofloral and multifloral Mānuka honey also requires a DNA test for Mānuka pollen.
Standard Turnaround Time
3 working days on receipt of sample.
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