MGO Manuka Honey

MGO science

Manuka honey is highly valued across the world but not just for its rich, smooth taste. Across the world, people have begun to discover its properties, including the amazing results of using skincare products that contain Manuka honey. But what makes it so different to other honey?
The answer is methylglyoxal. Methylglyoxal, or MGO for short, is what gives Manuka honey its antibacterial activity. It is found in other honeys, but in very insignificant amounts. The concentration of methylglyoxal in the Manuka honey determines its MGO rating. The higher the MGO the more valued honey.

Manuka Ratings

You will see one of two ratings on genuine New Zealand Manuka honey - MGO or UMF. They measure the strength of Manuka honey in different ways, however there is a direct correlation between the level of methylglyoxal and the non-peroxide activity (as measured by the UMF). MGO ratings refer to the level of Methyglyoxal in the honey which is a natural compound found in the nectar of the Manuka tree's flowers. The higher the MGO rating in Manuka honey, the higher the level of antibacterial activity in the honey. The discovery of the active ingredient “Methylglyoxal” in Manuka honey was made by Professor Thomas Henle from the Institute of Food Chemistry at the Technical University of Dresden in Germany. UMF is an internationally registered trademark that is owned by The Active Manuka Honey Association (AMHA) that can be used only by licensed members. UMF stands for &Unique Manuka Factor'. UMF measure presence of the special non-peroxide activity in Manuka honey by directly relating to the phenol standard. So UMF rating has a one-to-one relationship to the phenol standard which means that a UMF rating of 20+ is equivalent in strength to a 20% solution of phenol. Auribee honey use the MGO rating system for our Manuka honey, which shows our customers the strength of the active ingredient, methyglyoxal, in our honey .

MGO certification

Every drop of Auribee Manuka honey is independently tested by an IANZ accredited scientific laboratory. The honey is graded according to the methylglyoxal content, which is the key compound responsible for the antibacterial activity of Manuka honey.
We can trace every jar of our honey back to where and when it was collected, and guarantee that our customers get only the finest Manuka honey New Zealand has to offer.
You can be confident that the honey you buy is exactly what it says on the jar.
MGO certification