UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor. The UMF rating tests for multiple signature compounds found in Manuka Honey. Including DHA, Methylglyoxal and Leptosperin which is found only in Manuka Honey.
UMF® is the only Manuka grading system that is regulated.
As a UMF license holder, we must submit samples of every batch of honey for lab testing. Before we can release a batch of Manuka it must be tested by an independent laboratory and signed off by the UMF Honey Association.
THE UMF® GRADING SYSTEM
This represents the unique signature compounds characteristic of this honey which ensure purity and quality. These include: the key markers of Leptosperin, DHA and Methylglyoxal. An easy way to look at this is, the higher the UMF® grade, the more concentrated these compounds will be. Click here for more information on each UMF® grade.
The UMFHA appoint independent auditors to regularly check and analyse samples from the marketplace. This helps protect consumers from counterfeit products.
INTERNATIONAL STANDARDISED TESTING
The UMFHA have a programme of standardised testing in place across all territories where UMF® Manuka Honey products are sold.
They continue to invest heavily in industry leading scientific research of Manuka Honey, as a way of future-proofing the industry.
A UMF® certification gives consumers confidence that they are buying genuine Manuka Honey. It is a world recognized trademark and sets the standard in the Manuka Honey industry. Having a UMF® rating on all Ka Noa Manuka Honey jars is key to giving our consumers trust and confidence in our product. To learn more about UMF® please visit the UMFHA website: www.umf.org.nz
KA NOA™ UMF License no. #2260