The problem

Evergreen Life Ltd is recalling certain manuka honey products. There is information to suggest non-approved substances, dihydroxyacetone and methylglyoxal, may have been used during the processing of the honey.

Details

There is no food safety risk associated with the recalled products, but it is illegal to add anything to honey.

Evergreen manuka products are packaged in dark brown plastic containers in various sizes. Evergreen Deer Horn & Active Manuka product plastic containers may be sold in an outer dark green cardboard box.

The products being recalled are:

One type of Evergreen brand manuka honey.
One type of Evergreen brand manuka honey.
  • Evergreen Manuka Blended Methyl Glyoxal Level 30+ (including product labelled as MGO 30+ mg/kg)
  • Evergreen Manuka New Zealand Honey MGO 30+ mg/kg (including product labelled as 100% Pure New Zealand Honey Methyl Glyoxal Level 30+)
  • Evergreen Manuka New Zealand Honey MGO 80+ mg/kg (including product labelled as 100% Pure New Zealand Honey Methyl Glyoxal Level 80+)
  • Evergreen Manuka New Zealand Honey MGO 100+ mg/kg (including product labelled as 100% Pure New Zealand Honey Methyl Glyoxal Level 100+)
  • Evergreen Manuka New Zealand Honey MGO 150+ mg/kg (including product labelled as 100% Pure New Zealand Honey Methyl Glyoxal Level 150+)
  • Evergreen Manuka New Zealand Honey MGO 200+ mg/kg (including product labelled as 100% Pure New Zealand Honey Methyl Glyoxal Level 200+)
  • Evergreen Manuka New Zealand Honey MGO 350+ mg/kg (including product labelled as 100% Pure New Zealand Honey Methyl Glyoxal Level 350+)
  • Evergreen Manuka New Zealand Honey MGO 600+ mg/kg (including product labelled as 100% Pure New Zealand Honey Methyl Glyoxal Level 600+)
  • Evergreen Manuka New Zealand Honey MGO 890+ mg/kg (including product labelled as 100% Pure New Zealand Honey Methyl Glyoxal Level 890+)
  • Evergreen Deer Horn & Active Manuka Methyl Glyoxal Level 100+ (including product labelled as MGO 100+ mg/kg)
  • Evergreen Deer Horn & Active Manuka MGO 350+ (including product labelled as Methyl Glyoxal Level 350+ or MGO 350+mg/kg)
  • Evergreen Manuka 100% Pure New Zealand Honey Total Activity 5+
  • Evergreen Manuka 100% Pure New Zealand Honey Total Activity 7+
  • Evergreen Manuka 100% Pure New Zealand Honey Total Activity 12+
  • Evergreen Manuka 100% Pure New Zealand Honey Total Activity 15+
  • Evergreen Manuka 100% Pure New Zealand Honey Total Activity 20+
  • Evergreen Manuka with Pine Bark & Royal Jelly MGO 150+ mg/kg (including product labelled as Methyl Glyoxal Level 150+)
  • Evergreen Manuka with Royal Jelly & Kiwi fruit Total Activity 15+ (including product with a yellow coloured label with the same wording)

The recall applies to all batches, sizes and label variations.

Note: Methyl Glyoxal Level, MGO mg/kg, MG and MGO are all interchangeable terms meaning the level of methylglyoxal in the product and are all included in this recall.

What to do

The affected products should not be consumed.

While there is no food safety risk associated with the products, if you have consumed this product and have any concerns about your health, contact your doctor or seek medical advice.

Customers should return the product to their retailer for a full refund.

Who to contact
If you have questions, contact Evergreen Life Limited:

Phone: 09 415 8338
Address: 219 Bush Road, Albany, Auckland
Email: enquiry@evergreennz.com