MGS GRADING SYSTEM

The Molan Gold Standard grading system references naturally occurring Methylglyoxal that is present in genuine Manuka honey. The Molan Gold Standard is tested and certified by an accredited laboratory under the ISO 17025 Standard.

We have adopted the recent interim labelling guidelines published by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

The MGS grading system establishes:

  • The label claim that it is Manuka
  • The Methylglyoxal level is measured and shown on the label
  • The Hydroxymethylfurfural level falls within the market guidelines
  • The C4 sugar levels fall within the market guidelines
  • The honey can be traced to the hive site(s)
  • The honey has been processed in a NZ Government approved facility

To receive a MGS grading, a honey must have the presence of Methylglyoxal. The MGS rating is a measure of the attributes and values that make up Manuka honey, and assures purity & quality.

METHYLGLYOXAL CONTENT MGS GRADE

≥ 1100 mg/kg

25+

≥ 1050 mg/kg

24+

≥ 900 mg/kg

22+

≥ 800 mg/kg

20+

≥ 700 mg/kg

18+

≥ 600 mg/kg

16+

≥ 500 mg/kg

15+

≥ 400 mg/kg

12+

≥ 300 mg/kg

10+

≥ 200 mg/kg

8+ *

≥ 100 mg/kg

5+ *

 

*MGS 5+ and MGS 8+ do not have significant antibacterial quality.
We encourage all honey companies to adopt the Molan Gold Standard System.