New Zealand Manuka Ltd與Oritain公司合作，Oritain會獨立地核實我們的蜂蜜是純正紐西蘭蜂蜜。
要全面追查蜂蜜的來源，可以登入網頁www.manukaoriginz.com，使用New Zealand Manuka Ltd旗下的Kiwi Manuka或Melora品牌蜂蜜罐上的批次號碼來追查。Certified Manuka Originz MarkÔ是給你作出的嚴格品質標準保證，從麥蘆卡的花朵到你手上的產品，這是跟資源所有者的直接連繫。
猶太潔食幾維鳥(Kosher Kiwi)是紐西蘭正統希伯來聯合聖會(United Orthodox Hebrew Congregations of New Zealand)的猶太潔食標誌。該聖會在奧克蘭和威靈頓設有辦事處。
猶太潔食幾維鳥特許管理局(Kosher Kiwi Licensing Authority)的領導人是N. Friedler和Y. Mizrahi兩位拉比（猶太教會眾領袖）。
關於猶太律法的問題會提交新南威爾士州的猶太教飲食規定管理局(Kashrut Authority)或墨爾本的澳洲猶太潔食局(Kosher Australia)處理。我們與這兩家機構緊密合作，同時也就不同的場合和情況諮詢許多猶太律法決策人，並且遵從諸如東正教聯盟(Orthodox Union)和芝加哥拉比委員會(Chicago Rabbinical Council)等大機構的一般指引。
Article Courtesy: Bay of Plenty Times
New Zealand Manuka行政總裁Phil Caskey說，該公司在麥蘆卡蜂蜜和麥蘆卡油的業務上制訂了雄心勃勃的發展計劃，因為他們跟一個毛利人地主與專門養蜂人網絡正在逐步建立一套可持續的生產流程。
這家以瓦卡塔尼鎮(Whakatane)為基地的公司現已參加了Rotorua市的Scion（紐西蘭林業研究所有限公司）一項繁殖計劃，種植30萬株優選的麥蘆卡植物。這計劃將會通過Maungaroa Station信託制度，在東海角(East Cape)的Te Kaha和Ruatoria的邊際土地上，協助開發900公頃的種植園，以便生產麥蘆卡油和蜂蜜。
NZ Manuka在上個月舉行的Bay of Plenty Export NZ頒獎禮中，入圍了決賽提名。該公司在Bay of Plenty╱東海角地區僱用了大約60名員工。
「但這是許多人共同努力的累積成果。這項榮譽在於各個社區 ── 我們竭力為行業帶來可持續的改善。」開發種植園的方式是必需的 ── 尤其是對於萃取麥蘆卡油來說 ── 以便逐步建立生產流程，並且與澳洲的茶油競爭，以及確保供應到藥品和醫療市場上。
NZ Manuka起源於2011年，當Caskey先生牽涉到Cape Runaway 的Whangaparoa社區內毛利部落地主的事務。自此，它就逐步發展成為一個養蜂商，擁有超過5,000個蜂窩，也是該公司主要的麥蘆卡蜂蜜來源。
Whangaparoa 2L Trust的代表Karen Te Kani，也是Scion 的高級苗圃員，並且擁護麥蘆卡植物研究計劃，稱Caffee先生能夠與毛利人和毛利部落相處融洽，合作愉快。
開發Whangaparoa 的工作反而帶來了Te Kaha 的種植園項目，當地的毛利部落組成聯盟，從事該項開發工作。
「我們正設法保證地主可以讓他們的資源發揮最大的價值。」Te Kani 女士稱：「Phil希望在發展這行業的同時，也發展社區。」
New Zealand Manuka的大股東Phil Caskey和他的太太Sharan，最初於九十年代初期參與麥蘆卡蜂蜜行業的發展。
他們通過自己的公司Bee and Herbal New Zealand，率先將麥蘆卡蜂蜜發展成為一種可靠的健康產品。
他們與Peter Molan 教授（建立「獨特麥蘆卡因子」(UMF)評級制度的人）緊密合作，率先將麥蘆卡蜂蜜發展成為一種註冊的醫療用品。
2002年，Bee and Herbal NZ與Waikato大學的商業分支WaikatoLink進行合資經營，成立了Api-Med Medical Honey有限公司。
然而，在2003年，Caskey先生患病，到了年底，Api-Med被售予以Paengaroa為基地的Comvita，該公司正在對Bee and Herbal NZ的所有資產進行收購。Comvita最終與Derma Sciences ── 在美國納斯達克股票交易所上市的組織再生公司 ── 合作，以Medihoney 的品牌推廣傷口護理產品。Comvita和Derma均擁有對方公司的少數股權，而這家美國公司是Comvita蜂蜜的主要顧客；作為Medihoney的環球持牌人，它也是特許使用金的來源。
New Zealand Manuka目前在澳洲的醫療用品公司Melcare Biomedical擁有權益，雙方建立了夥伴關係。Melcare Biomedical生產各種以蜂蜜為基礎的產品，包括耳鼻喉治療用品和傷口護理產品。
Article Courtesy: healthzone.ca
A New Zealand “superfood” honey already known as an infection fighter can also kill superbugs that resist antibiotics, new research shows.
Manuka honey, produced only from New Zealand’s manuka trees, has prevented some bacteria from growing and killed off other bacteria in lab tests, Professor Rose Cooper told the Star on Friday.
In particular, manuka honey can stop worrisome drug-resistant MRSA bacteria from growing in wounds.
“What we’re thinking, in time, is that we can develop products containing low levels of antibiotics and honey that can work on patients in hospitals,” said Cooper.
Although still confined to lab results, the tests showed clearly that drug-resistant bacteria not exposed to manuka honey kept growing; an overlay of 5 per cent honey knocked the infection cells out of action.
Previous research has demonstrated the honey’s topical wound care benefits, to the point where a range of licensed products are available. Cooper and her team at the University of Wales are hoping their preliminary findings will take it one step further.
She warned people not to treat their own severe wounds with health food store manuka honey.
“The honey we use clinically is irradiated, so it’s sterile. There is a remote risk the spores would grow” with store-bought honey, she said.
The next stage of research will be to firmly identify which antibiotics work with manuka honey and which don’t.
Article Courtesy: New Zealand Herald
Manuka honey, the premium product found on fashionable breakfast tables, could play a role in the battle against antibiotic-resistant superbugs, scientists reported yesterday.
Honey is known to have antiseptic properties but the antibacterial potency of manuka honey is 10 to 50 times more powerful.
It has been shown to stop the growth of the antibiotic-resistant superbug known as MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).
Manuka honey is derived from nectar collected by honey bees foraging on the manuka tree and is included in modern wound-care products such as dressings and ointments available on prescription in Britain.
However, its antimicrobial properties have not been fully exploited, according to researchers.
Laboratory studies by Professor Rose Cooper and colleagues at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, show manuka honey interacts with three bacteria that commonly infect wounds – MRSA, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Group A streptococci.
“Our findings suggest manuka honey can hamper the attachment of bacteria to tissues which is an essential step in the initiation of acute infections.
Inhibiting attachment also blocks the formation of bio-films, which can protect bacteria from antibiotics and allow them to cause persistent infections," Professor Cooper said.
“Honey can make MRSA more sensitive to antibiotics – effectively reversing antibiotic resistance. This indicates that existing antibiotics may be more effective against drug-resistant infections if used in combination with manuka honey."
The long-term aim was to develop products combining honey with antibiotics that could be applied directly to infected wounds to speed healing and prevent the spread of suberbugs to other patients in hospital, she said. The findings were presented at a meeting of the Society for Microbiology in Harrogate.
“We will still need antibiotics taken [orally] for blood infections. But we may be able to develop products with low concentrations of antibiotics and honey than can be applied directly to a wound."
Patients should not try applying honey from the jar to wounds as it was not sterile, Professor Rose warned.
- Honey has been used as an antiseptic for thousands of years. It was displaced by the arrival of antibiotics in the 1940s.
- Dressings using honey, which must be sterilised, create a moist, non-adherent surface around the wound, stimulate cell growth and act as an anti-inflammatory.
- The antibacterial potency of manuka honey is said to be greater than ordinary honey because it has an extra component called methylglyoxal.
Article Courtesy: KidSpot
Honey. Its sweet taste has been satisfying people for centuries. Always a family favourite, honey is delicious on toast or spooned into a bowl of warm porridge. It works wonders as a sugar substitute in cakes and tops off a cup of tea like nothing else can.
But there is more to honey and in particular, more to manuka honey, than meets the taste buds!
What is manuka honey?
Dr. Peter Molan from the University of Waikato in New Zealand has been researching manuka honey and its health benefits since 1995. His research has shown that manuka honey, from the manuka bush in New Zealand, is extremely unique as it possesses rare healing properties.
Honey has been used as a healing agent for thousands of years. All honey has some level of antibacterial activity, but manuka honey has much stronger antibacterial qualities than most other honeys. Also known as ‘active manuka honey’, it is said to contain “the best natural antibiotic in the world”, and is now being used both internally and externally to treat a range of different conditions.
What conditions can be treated with manuka honey?
Many medical practitioners are turning to high-potency active manuka honey, where traditional medicine is not having the desired effect. Some infected wounds which have not responded well to antibiotics alone, have also been treated with high-grade manuka honey. Used as a dressing, active manuka honey can help prevent the growth of micro-organisms such as bacteria and fungi and also speed up the healing process, once the infection has been treated.
Honeymark, a company that makes products from active manuka honey believes that, “Antibiotics are indiscriminate killers. When taken orally, antibiotics kill all bacteria, both good and bad," the company said. “For reasons that are currently unknown, manuka honey does not affect good bacteria in the body and only destroys harmful, infectious bacteria. This is something that pharmaceuticals have not been able to accomplish."
In addition to having antibacterial characteristics, active manuka honey is also:
- An antioxidant – manuka honey has qualities that protect against free radicals, which cause cell damage and accelerated aging. Manuka honey is used with great success in some anti-aging skin products.
- Anti-carcinogenic – manuka honey contains properties that are said to reduce the occurrence or severity of some cancers. There have been some studies that indicate manuka honey may inhibit the growth of bladder cancer.
- Anti-inflammatory – manuka honey is a natural anti-inflammatory which means it can help to reduce swelling and pain.
Active manuka honey has proven and potent healing qualities, some of which are yet to be discovered. Research is constantly ongoing in this area, to try and fully understand the scope of this natural wonder. Today, manuka honey has already helped to successfully treat conditions such as:
- Acne, eczema and other skin conditions
- Stomach ulcers and other digestive issues
- Sore throats and colds
- Burns and insect bites
- Arthritis, muscle and joint pain
- Nail fungus and athletes foot
Manuka honey is a relatively inexpensive way to treat common ailments. And perhaps one of the biggest advantages of using active manuka honey is that there are no known harmful side-effects.
How do I know if I am buying genuine manuka honey?
In the late 1990’s an industry classification standard was created to rate honey according to the UMF (Unique Manuka Factor). The UMF relates to the amount of manuka nectar found in the honey, as not all manuka honey contains the same amount. Manuka honey with a UMF rating of 10 is the lowest of the rated active manuka honeys considered appropriate for healing purposes. The higher the UMF rating,, the more potent the honey is said to be. Only licensed products that meet the strict UMF criteria are allowed to display the UMF trademark on its packaging.