Manuka honey could have lost its healing powers before you get it home, ...

'Liquid gold' manuka honey that costs £100 a jar could have lost its healing powers before you get it home, scientist warns The honey has antibacterial properties that come from a bug-fighting chemical Chemical can be destroyed by prolonged exposure to heat when it is shipped  Professor Merilyn Manley-Harris also said UK manuka could be wrongly labelled

By Rosie Taylor for the Daily Mail

Published: 00:49 GMT, 2 January 2019 | Updated: 17:31 GMT, 2 January 2019

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Expensive manuka honey may have lost its healing powers before customers even get it home, a scientist has warned.

The honey, known as ‘liquid gold’ because it costs up to £100 per jar, is sought after for antibacterial properties that come from its naturally-occurring bug-fighting chemical.

But this chemical can be destroyed by prolonged exposure to heat – such as during shipping or even sitting in shop windows – according to Professor Merilyn Manley-Harris. 

The honey chemist, of Waikato University, New Zealand, warned some manuka honey sold in

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