8 Jun 2015

Manuka Honey Myths? - John Hartnell

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:10 pm on 8 June 2015

New Zealand's manuka honey is grabbing headlines in the UK, after a group of school students put its benefits to the test. The Times is reporting that a group of London school children, from Gillespie Primary, has conducted what they believe is the UK's first proper randomised controlled trial of the honey. And, reports say they found the high-end honey has no real curative abilities. The honey's health-giving properties are touted by celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and it can sell for up to one hundred pounds a kilogram. But is the New Zealand industry misrepresenting itself? John Hartnell is chairman of the Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group and vice chairman of the Bee Products Standards Council.