While industry bodies fight over who can claim that their mānuka honey is authentic, Māori interests are often left out of the debate.
More than a quarter of commercially available honeys show signs of having been bulked out with cheaper products such as sugar cane and corn syrup, a new analysis shows.
The bee product industry is booming and in unregulated markets, there is a strong economic incentive to cheat. Self regulation combined with legal deterrence could help clean up the sticky mess.
Australia's largest honey producer has been accused of selling fake honey. But what is fake honey – and why has it only been found now?