Detector to identify fake Manuka honey

The high price for New Zealand’s premium manuka honey has led to some suspect products on the shelves aiming to cash in, but now a handheld scanning device can weed out the fakes.

Manuka honey has become a signature New Zealand export, worth several hundred million dollars a year, but there are fears that much fake or adulterated manuka honey is making it into key export markets.

In a bid to build confidence among honey buyers, the UMF Honey Association, has funded the development of a handheld “manuka indicator” device.

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