ManukaNews believes that up to 90% of Manuka honey brands on sale in Europe have labels which DONOT comply with European Labeling regulations. (January 2016)

To sell Manuka honey in the UK, the label must be:

·      Clear and easy to read

·      Permanent

·      Easy to understand

·      Easily visible

·      Not misleading


There is strict European legislation in place to protect consumers and manufacturers. This legislation covers all local produced goods and imported goods into the UK. 

Detailed below are segments from the various legislative bodies and direct links to the data source:


       You must follow the European Union rules for nutrition labelling, if you want to show nutrition information on pre-packed products.

Nutrition and health claims Regulation 1924/2006

Article 2 –

       A nutrition claim as any claim, which states, suggests or implies that a food has particular beneficial nutritional properties due to the presence, absence, increased or reduced level of energy or of a particular nutrient or other substance.

       Nutritional claims provide factual information about the nutritional composition of the food.

       In some cases the claim will be neither beneficial nor non-beneficial and will refer to a statement of fact, such as “contains 10g of fat”. Such statements must not be misleading and are controlled by the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, the Food Safety Act 1990 and European Regulation 178/2002, which make it an offence to mislead consumers and give out false information.

       Claims that state, suggest or imply that a food has the property of preventing, treating or curing a human disease will continue to be prohibited by the Food Labeling Regulations 1996. Products that make claims are subject to medicines legislation.

Foods Standards Agency

       Any person who labels or advertises food in a way that falsely describes it, or labels, advertises or presents food in a way which misleads as to its nature, substance or quality, is guilty of and offence. The offence also covers material that is correct but given such emphasis that the purchaser is led to the wrong conclusion.

       There is an offence of misleading presentation in the General Food Regulations 2004, resulting from Regulation EC 178/2002.

EU Register on nutrition and health claims.

       There are no approved nutrition or health claims for honey.

NZ Ministry for Primary Industries

       No therapeutic claims are allowed.

       Claims such as “Non-Peroxide Activity (NPA), “Total Peroxide Activity” (TPA), “Peroxide Activity” (PA), “Total Activity” (TA) and “Active” should be removed from labels and advertising.