New Zealand prides itself on its commitment and adherence to a range of measures to protect the quality, integrity and purity of its honey, and continually meets strict government, industry and international standards to ensure that its honey products are guaranteed to be among the world’s best.
New Zealand’s stringent food safety and biosecurity measures have earned it a
global reputation as a trusted supplier of quality products and ingredients to many of the world’s major global food and beverage companies. New Zealand is also a leader in food safety and product traceability and is a trusted supplier of high quality and safe food in more than 140 countries.
New Zealand’s food safety laws and focus apply across the whole food production supply chain from the farm/beehive (growing) to the plate/home (consumption). This focus ensures that food is safe to eat, and that risks are identified and managed appropriately.
New Zealand has specific standards and regulations relating to the wider beekeeping and honey associated industries including bee products, honey and Mānuka honey manufacturing, processing, sales and storage. Overseen by the Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand honey producers must adhere to strict rules around food production and labeling.
In 2017, the New Zealand Government’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) finalized a scientific definition for New Zealand Mānuka honey. This definition means that all New Zealand Mānuka honey sold overseas must have passed tests carried out at government-recognized laboratories, ensuring that consumers can be assured of the authenticity of our honey.
All beekeepers in New Zealand have a legal obligation under the Biosecurity Act 1993 to register as a beekeeper and to register their hives to support effective monitoring of pests and diseases. As part of its commitment to stringent food safety at an international level, New Zealand has been a member of Codex since its formation in 1963, and supports international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice.
New Zealand actively works to manage biosecurity risks to bees through collaborative government and industry initiatives. We are part of international efforts to track and monitor bee health through annual COLOSS Honey Bee Research Association beekeeper surveys. New Zealand’s survey has the greatest beekeeper participation rate of any nation.
New Zealand takes pride in and cares for it’s beautiful land and the gifts produced therein. When you choose Bees & Trees honey, you can be assured that the result of this is in every drop of our honey.
The FernMark, as a trademark officially recognized and endorsed by the New Zealand Government, is a mark of trust that communicates a product's country of origin and connection to New Zealand. To read about how Bees & Trees participates in the New Zealand Fernmark Program, click here.