Nelson Honey production and Quality Control
Our Motupiko (honey production), Tapawera (honey extraction) and Hokitika (honey extraction) sites are all registered and fully comply with NZ Food Safety Authority standards. We have complete traceability from the hive to the honey jar in your kitchen pantry. Each and every batch of Manuka Honey is independently tested by 3 laboratories for Methylglyoxal (MG) levels, C4 Carbon Sugars, Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and Pollen Count. Please visit our Batch Track page to find out more and get a copy of the tests of your jar of Manuka Honey.
Royal Nectar production and Quality Control
Our Royal Nectar production process and Quality Control is more involved than our honeys because our skincare products have more ingredients. We use a combination of automation and physical checks to ensure your Royal Nectar product meets the highest quality standards;
At all times two people work together while producing Royal Nectar products and they sign off each other’s work. Each batch of product is accompanied by a ‘Batch Sheet’ where we keep track of all ingredients and follow the same steps every time.
As ingredients are batched individual ingredients are measured and checked. The Batch Sheet is signed off by both employees as they work their way through the formula and individual ingredients are added in the exact quantity and right order.
Each ingredient has a raw material code assigned to it when it arrives into our factory and this code is also entered on to the Batch Sheet for traceability.
When the cream batch is completed it passes another check and a batch code is then applied to each bowl of cream for traceability.
As the cream arrives in the filling room the product is checked again and samples taken. As the cream is being pumped into the jars and bottles production line staff keep a close eye on any product deficiencies and remove product that’s not 100% up to standard.
Line supervisors randomly check jars and bottles throughout the day. Our golden rule is ‘if in doubt, throw it out’. Even the merest hint of anything – product, jar, lid – not being up to standard means we remove the affected product from the production line and it gets destroyed.
Risk Management Programme & Exporter
Nelson Honey undertakes regular internal audits to fulfil compliance responsibilities with New Zealand Food Safety Authority regulations. Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is our independent auditor and we have been registered as an operator of their Risk Management Programme since 2006. Our premises are export approved to the highest level, which means we are authorised to export to the European Union. Our code is NELSONAP2/01.
We are a registered exporter of animal products and our licence is renewed annually by NZFSA. Our official identification is NA1PC.
See here for our certificate.