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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

Meeting Minutes

March 8, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Joint meeting of the Analytical Laboratories, Botanical Raw Materials, and Standards Committees

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March 10, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of Analytical Laboratories, Botanical Raw Materials, and Standards Committees

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October 6, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of Analytical Laboratories, Botanical Raw Materials, and Standards Committees

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March 11, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of Analytical Laboratories, Botanical Raw Materials, and Standards Committees

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Committee-Related News

AHPA Member Reception at ExpoWest

AHPA Member Reception at ExpoWest

Our way of thanking members for all their invaluable contributions

AHPA Members and their friends attended the 2019 AHPA Member Reception at Natural Products Expo West. This event is AHPA's way of thanking members for all they do to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products.

USDA’s final rule for GMO labeling ignores recommendations of consumers and AHPA

Final rule hinders consumer access to information on genetically modified foods

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) issued a final rule on December 20 that establishes the new national mandatory bioengineered (BE) food disclosure standard. The final rule does not incorporate significant revisions recommended by AHPA and consumer groups that were aimed at ensuring U.S. consumers can discern if their food includes genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or ingredients derived from GMOs.

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.

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.

AHPA requests relief for supplement and herbal industry from tariffs on imports from China

Proposed tariffs could increase costs for consumers and cause disruptions to the marketplace

AHPA submitted comments on September 6 to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to request that a proposed 25 percent duty on Chinese imports be revised to remove from this new tariff burden numerous ingredients used in dietary supplements and other herbal products manufactured and marketed in the United States.

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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