Puriti Manuka recently announced it has implemented strict testing and policies to ensure there is zero glyphosate contamination to its products.
It tests every single batch of honey to ensure is it free from the glyphosate herbicide.
Glyphosate is a herbicide used extensively on farms, gardens, streets, and parks. Because it is so widely used, its residue can be found in some foods.
There is also growing evidence that glyphosate may cause health issues and is carcinogenic, according to Puriti.
Puriti international brand manager Adam Boot said the company had raised the quality bar on Manuka honey through increased testing to ensure products are glyphosate-free.
“[It] is using more complex packaging materials and manufacturing processes to make it much harder for others to copy the product,” said Boot.
“As a result, we feel confident we have produced the purest safest Manuka honey available according to the highest of standards,” he said.
Puriti was produced to higher standards, so it was only natural the company listened to the concerns of international consumers and introduced testing for glyphosate, said Boot.
The Manuka plant generally grows in wild scrub or forest areas in New Zealand, remote from where the herbicide may be used, yet there is a remote possibility of spray drift.
“Consumers deserve to be given the full picture, the whole truth and all the information required to make an informed choice when purchasing Manuka honey,” said Boot.
“A lesser product does not necessarily mean a bad product but it isn’t of the quality that Puriti Manuka demands of its own products,” he said.