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also I noticed this little snippet at the end:


Labour's spokesman for Primary Industries Damien O'Connor has suggested MPI ought to be split up because the 2012 merger of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Fisheries and the New Zealand Food Safety Authority has not worked.


Given that there was 'chat' about removing the AFB PMP from NBA(apinz) control and putting responsibility back into MPI/government control, it could be that MPI have a bit going 'on', on several fronts. Fisheries and border control and Manuka honey they have bunfights going on in every direction. The department of 1080 is another problem imo.

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That is awesome @Otto well done. It amazes me how MPI have overlooked the very knowledgeable and informed scientists/researchers we have in NZ.

I did not have any input into this work so cannot take any credit for it!

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The manuka pollen found in manuka honey is what has fallen by whatever means into the nectar. Manuka honey is thixotropic (jellylike) and as such needs specialist equipment to remove it from the frames. This is mainly done by pricking which stirs up any pollen the bees have stored in the combs. Honeybees do not collect pollen from manuka or kanuka so even during a heavy manuka flow they need to collect pollen from other sources. All this leads to anomalous results when you rely on pollen counts or DNA. It also doesn't stop the adulteration with low pollen honey such as Beach honeydew or even honey that has been ultrafiltered to remove pollen. The first thing MPI need to do is use the information they already have to track honey from suppliers to packers and work out where all that low pollen honey has gone.

If it is not thixotropic it is not manuka.

If it is thixotropic then it is either manuka, kanuka or Ling heather.

If it doesn't come from the central plateau then it is not Ling heather and anyway this honey comes in at a different time of year and has a distinctive smell and taste.

At this point DNA testing may be of some use but no doubt some of the bright boys will work out how to get round that as well. We have enough honest beekeepers in the industry we just need to lose those few that aren't.

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