FAQ's If you have a question, check from our list below and if you can’t find it message us and we’ll respond. HOW CAN WE HELP? Search FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Check our list below for our most asked questions. What does UMFᵀᴹ stands for and why it’s important? UMFᵀᴹ is the acronym for ‘Unique Manuka Factor’. It’s a standard measure and is the standard of measure traditioned by the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association A: A: (UMFHA). The grading system gives information about natural markers found in Manuka Honey and assures quality, purity and authenticity. “The UMF™ rating system independently certifies natural components found in mānuka honey to assure potency, purity, authenticity, & freshness. Please see www.umf.org.nz” Is Central Honey NZ Ltd Honey Organic? We are not certified organic honey. But our honey has not added any artificial ingredient or any other ingredients. Its directly from the hives to your table. Is Central Honey NZ Ltd 100% Raw? Raw has its own definition explained by many. Our Honey is Raw in that nothing has been added throughout the processing of honey from extraction to the finished product in jar. It’s pasteurized honey with 100% compliance for human consumption. Is Central Honey NZ Ltd Products Certified? Yes, our products are 100% certified by UMFHA & Kosher. How does the grading system works? After extraction – samples are sent to independent laboratory Analytica to measure natural markers found in Manuka Honey and this assures quality, purity and authenticity. What is MGO in Honey? One of the major antibacterial components of Manuka Honey is a compound called methylglyoxal (MGO). MGO comes from the conversion of another compound in Manuka Honey known as dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a high concentration of which is found in the nectar of Manuka flowers. What is the checklist to purchase pure Manuka Honey? It has to have the UMFᵀᴹ trademark & license no. on labelShould be produced in New ZealandIt’s processed packed & produced in New ZealandDetails of manufacturing plant mentioned on the labelA rating number alongside the UMFᵀᴹ is genuine – any rating without this abbreviation is not genuine.An official UMFᵀᴹ release document requested by the producer which should match the batch no. shown on the label & it should have all four manuka markers. (Leptospira + Methylglyoxal + DHA + HMF) Can Manuka Honey be taken during pregnancy? Women’s have been consuming Manuka Honey during pregnancy with no reported problems. It’s always better to consult a professional as necessary. Can my infant eat Manuka Honey? No. It is not safe for infants under 18 months old to ingest Manuka Honey. It contains live enzymes & bacteria which can grow in baby’s gut and cause side effects. If the honey has turned granular does that mean its expired? If the honey becomes gritty and sugar-like, don’t worry! It is perfectly fine to consume and does not mean that it’s poor quality or has been adulterated or expired. Honey can naturally crystalise, particularly when the weather turns cooler. Simply place it in warm room temperature it will be creamed back again How long is the shelf life of Manuka Honey? Manuka Honey can be stored in ambient temperature for 5 years. Why does Manuka Honey need to be creamed? When the honey comes directly from the hive it is liquid. Over the time period, the honey will start to granulate. We control the granulation by a creaming process and once its creamed it changes from liquid to a soft cream texture and will never revert back.