GRADING

EXPLAINED

MANUKA HONEY

EVERY BATCH OF MANUKA DIRECT HONEY IS LABORATORY TESTED AND CERTIFIED

At Manuka Direct we use the MGO grading system which tells you clearly what level of Methylglyoxol there is in your pot. Methlyglyoxol is the natural antibiotic compound found in the honey and will be labelled as either MGO 100 meaning minimum 100mg /kg or MGO 300 which is minimum 300mg /kg.

The higher the number the higher the antibacterial activity but it is one of many compounds that is tested. If you would like to know the level of any other component in your jar please don’t hesitate to ask, if you let us know the batch number on the side of the pot we have the laboratory certificate to match it.

The grading system for Manuka honey can be confusing and misleading, the MPI (Ministry of Primary Industries) in NZ have very strict rules about what can be classed as Manuka and only if it is laboratory tested, certified and packed in NZ is it allowed to be labelled as such.

All our grades are excellent quality and fully certified monofloral New Zealand Manuka honey.

It can be confusing and the honey is expensive so please feel free to ask. Another reputable grading system is UMF and the table below is a guideline to help you compare the two:

UMF Rating MGO +

  • UMF 5+      83
  • UMF 10+   263
  • UMF 12+   354
  • UMF 15+   514
  • UMF 20+   829

The certificates show the precise levels of components within it.  They can all be traced so please contact me if you would like to see the certificate or know more about your particular pot!