A New Zealand government backed attempt to get a legal monopoly on manuka honey has been quashed by the United Kingdom’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO).
Reversing an interim decision to grant a certification trademark, the IPO reportedly made the common-sense observation that manuka honey is a description of a type of honey.
And it specifically rejected the proposition that the UK general public understands manuka honey to be exclusively from New Zealand.
A new study by a group of UK bio-medical scientists shows that manuka honey will be likely to do a better job than antibiotics in treating the resistant bacterial strains that afflict sufferers of cystic fibrosis.
According to results from the study published at Frontiers of Microbiology earlier this year, manuka honey was effective in killing some 39% of the anti-biotic resistant bacteria.