Why Do I Need Glyphosate Residue-Free Manuka Honey?

03 January 2023

Delivering nothing but the cleanest and most pure wholesale Mānuka honey in New Zealand, Midlands Apiaries can provide your business with a year-round supply of glyphosate-residue-free Mānuka honey. Placing purity at the front of our entire operation, Midlands has several safeguards in place to deliver nothing but raw monofloral Mānuka honey to all of our clients.

This article will define and discuss why glyphosate is of concern within the Mānuka honey industry and how Midlands Apiaries has rigorous standards to ensure we only supply glyphosate-residue-free Mānuka honey. After reading, you’ll understand the importance of extensive testing and trust Midlands Apiaries to provide you with the cleanest and most raw monofloral Mānuka honey on the market. 


What Is Glyphosate? 

Glyphosate is a herbicide and one of the most commonly used within industries across the world. First discovered in 1970 by the agricultural giant Monsanto. The corporation brought it to market for agricultural use in 1974 under the household name, Roundup. 

Within a matter of years, farmers were using glyphosate for most agricultural weed control, especially after Monsanto introduced glyphosate-resistant Roundup Ready crops, allowing farmers to kill weeds without killing their crops. 

In 2007, glyphosate was the most used herbicide in USA’s agricultural sector and the second-most used for private use. It has since gained its fair share of criticism due to its impacts on wildlife and even human health. 


Why Is There Concern About Glyphosate Residue In Manuka Honey? 

Since the introduction of glyphosate in the 1970s, there have been extensive studies to measure the extent of toxicity to humans. Today, the general consensus is that glyphosate does not have a direct correlation to cancer or toxicity; however, there is still concern among the medical community. Like any substance, anything will be toxic at a particular concentration. 

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “there’s no evidence that glyphosate causes cancer.” Nevertheless, several people worldwide are attempting to sue Monsanto due to believing glyphosate has given them cancer.

A very controversial topic, in July 2020, 1News published an article stating that “20% of all Mānuka honey contained traces of glyphosate”. This had many natural health customers very concerned. As one of New Zealand’s most prominent suppliers of wholesale Mānuka honey, Midlands Apiaries wanted to give our customers peace of mind knowing that 100% of our honey is tested, and certified as Glyphosate Residue Free.

Find out more about Glyphosate Residue Free certification here.


How Do Midlands Apiaries Ensure Glyphosate Residue-Free Manuka Honey? 

Our entire Mānuka honey production process places quality and safety at the forefront, Midlands Apiaries operates a robust Quality Assurance Programme that includes vigilant compliance and certification systems. As a result, every drop of monofloral Mānuka honey that leaves our facility will come certified to be glyphosate-residue-free. How do we achieve this? Our exceptional in-house laboratory staff monitor and independently certify our honey. A Midlands Apiaries partnership will provide total confidence knowing that we conduct stringent glyphosate testing methods for all of our Mānuka honey products. 

While our state-of-the-art technology allows us to conduct various tests to ensure 100% glyphosate-residue-free Mānuka honey, we understand the importance of external and independent testing. 

As a result, we ensure our independent IANZ-certified laboratories test our products to be certified as glyphosate residue-free. Promising high quality for all customers, Midlands Apiaries hold these rigorous standards whenever we are delivering genuine Mānuka honey to both domestic and international markets. 


Midlands Apiaries Can Provide You With 100% Pure New Zealand Manuka Honey

Midlands Apiaries is the perfect partner for your brand. Wherever your business sits in a specific industry, i.e. skincare, natural foods, or genuine Mānuka honey provider - we have all the latest technology and expertise to deliver what you want and when you need it. In addition, our widespread Mānuka honey supply and production operations can work with you to achieve your goals. 

We also offer the services of a highly knowledgeable sales & marketing team. So, if you’re looking to bring a fantastic brand to market, our team of professionals can plan a pathway to your launch. With an extensive network of honey supplies and laboratories - Midlands Apiaries can provide your business with everything it needs.

Additionally, as the largest New Zealand supplier of wholesale Mānuka honey globally, Midlands Apiaries knows a thing or two about quality. An accredited, independent laboratory tests each batch of Mānuka honey from Midlands Apiaries for certification. We are very aware of the stringent requirements set forth by UMF™HA. Our undeniable expertise in crafting Mānuka honey will give your business the confidence to consistently deliver quality products. 

Get in touch with us today for more information about how Midlands Apiaries can make for a beneficial partner in your budding business.




Andreotti, G., Koutros, S., Hofmann, J. N., Sandler, D. P., Lubin, J. H., Lynch, C. F., ... & Beane Freeman, L. E. (2018). Glyphosate use and cancer incidence in the agricultural health study. JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 110(5), 509-516.

Grube, A., Donaldson, D., Kiely, T., & Wu, L. (2011). Pesticides industry sales and usage. US EPA, Washington, DC.

Website: https://www.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products/glyphosate 

News Story: https://www.1news.co.nz/2020/07/26/weed-killer-glyphosate-found-in-new-zealands-manuka-honey/ 


"Our state-of-the-art technology allows us to conduct various tests to ensure 100% glyphosate-residue-free Manuka honey."