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Botanical Raw Materials Committee

Chairperson: Edward Fletcher (Herbal Ingenuity) 
Staff Contact: Dr. Holly Johnson

Committee Purpose: Facilitate quality and supply of raw materials to assure sufficient production and stable markets of botanical ingredients and protection for wild plant communities.

AHPA Members, if you would like to join this committee, please email the staff contact.

Committee Meeting Minutes and News

AHPA launches sustainability subcommittee, formalizing ongoing efforts

Subcommittee to further AHPA’s ongoing efforts to ensure sustainable supplies of valuable botanicals

AHPA's Botanical Raw Materials Committee has launched a Sustainability Subcommittee to further AHPA’s ongoing efforts to ensure sustainable supplies of valuable botanicals. The subcommittee will be a vehicle for increasing awareness of sustainability issues and best practices, provide a forum to discuss and develop industry-wide standards, and promote existing sustainability initiatives throughout the industry.

AHPA requests pullulan be allowed in dietary supplement products labeled as organic

AHPA supports petition submitted by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) to request that pullulan be added to the National List

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) submitted comments yesterday to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to request that pullulan continue to be allowed to be used in encapsulated herbs marketed as “made with organic [specified ingredients or food group(s)]” under the National Organic Program (NOP).

FWS issues general advice for 2018 wild and wild-simulated American ginseng harvest

Legal harvest of wild ginseng roots will not be detrimental to the survival of the species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued general advice on Sept. 26 for wild and wild-simulated American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) for the 2018 harvest season in 19 states and the Menominee Indian Tribe in Wisconsin.
Saw palmetto berry 2018 mid-season harvest report

Saw palmetto berry 2018 mid-season harvest report

Excess rain limits supply and drives up prices

The harvest season began in early August in Florida and the total berry harvest for the season will not be known until the first week of October, but buyers in the market say they are already revising their expectations for the 2018 harvest volume.

AHPA President attends London seminar on herbal product quality

McGuffin emphasizes the individual company’s role in ensuring quality

AHPA President Michael McGuffin presented at a seminar sponsored jointly today in London, England by Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) and British Herbal Medicine Association (BHMA), titled Maintaining High Quality Standards in Herbal Products.

FairWild, TRAFFIC and AHPA focus on sustainability in Cambridge meeting

AHPA members are invested in and committed to programs and practices to ensure herbal supplies are obtained sustainably

American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) President Michael McGuffin met Monday with the senior staff of TRAFFIC and the FairWild Foundation at the organizations' main office in Cambridge, England. The meeting was arranged to exchange ideas on how best to collaborate to encourage and support sustainable industry practices in procurement of wild plant species used in the U.S. herbal products industry.
AHPA-AHP Workshop: Botanical, Macroscopic and Organoleptic Assessment of Herbal Ingredients for cGMP Compliance

AHPA-AHP Workshop: Botanical, Macroscopic and Organoleptic Assessment of Herbal Ingredients for cGMP Compliance

October 3-4 at Weber State University in Ogden, UT

Hands-on, two-day workshop will provide a detailed orientation of botanical, macroscopic, and organoleptic identification methods, quality assessment techniques and terminology, and demonstrate how these techniques are used to evaluate crude plant parts in a scientifically valid manner.

Guidance on California Proposition 65 for herbal products

Updated August 2018, this guidance covers heavy metals, naturally occurring substances and two processed botanicals

Updated Proposition 65 guidance informs the herbal products industry about legal liabilities related to naturally occurring substances in some natural products sold in the state of California
Nature’s Way coordinates tour of Garnay ginkgo farm for Sen. Scott staff

Nature’s Way coordinates tour of Garnay ginkgo farm for Sen. Scott staff

Farm established in 1982 now provides ginkgo leaves sold in products in 80 countries worldwide

Submit data for new tonnage survey

Complete survey to support sustainable harvests

AHPA's Tonnage Survey is considered "a vital index of native U.S. botanical consumption," according to the Fish and Wildlife Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior. If your company is a primary raw material producer, your input is essential to helping defend ongoing sustainable harvest of North American herbs.
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