The reputation of manuka honey exports to the key Singapore market will be protected under a new testing agreement.
The UMF Honey Association has reached an agreement with AsureQuality Singapore, a New Zealand state-owned enterprise that operates a laboratory in Singapore.
The laboratory will test manuka honey for the unique antibacterial activity that sets it apart from less valuable honey.
The aim is to guard against false labelling by ensuring that the manuka honey sold in that country is from New Zealand and true to label.
The association's general manager, John Rawcliffe, says the testing regime for Singapore will also be applied to other markets.