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Tea & Infusion Products Committee

Co-Chairs: Richard Enticott (Meridian Trading) and Kristina Richens (The Republic of Tea)
Staff Contact: Michael McGuffin

Committee Purpose: To promote and protect responsible commerce of tea products. Also to develop ideas to address emerging challenges to teas, maintain attention to regulatory and state or federal legislative activities related to teas or the ingredients used within, to create "best practices" for manufacturers/marketers, and develop appropriate standards for the manufacture, labeling, and marketing of tea products.

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


Meeting Minutes

October 18, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Tea and Infusion Products Committee

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May 22, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Tea and Infusion Products Committee

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March 8, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Tea and Infusion Products Committee

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“Phase One” agreement with China provides some relief to supplement importers

Reduced tariffs will affect imports filed after February 14

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FAQs: CA Prop 65 listing of nickel (soluble compounds)

Free guidance for AHPA members

On October 26, 2018, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) listed “nickel (soluble compounds)” as a chemical known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity under Proposition 65. The listing went into effect for soluble nickel compounds on October 26, 2019. Companies need to be aware of the new Prop 65 requirements for certain products that expose consumers to soluble nickel compounds and should refer to the current Proposition 65 requirements to determine the appropriate format and content of any warnings necessary for their products.

Guidance on allergens in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Free guidance for AHPA members

AHPA published guidance, “Compliance with the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act for Marketers of Chinese Herbal Products,” to provide members with a summary of Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) and identify ingredients and preparations found in traditional Chinese herbal ingredients and formulas that may require labeling as major food allergens.

CA Prop 65 Guidance for Tea and Infusion Products

Free guidance for tea and infusion products companies

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U.S. increases and proposes expansion of tariffs on Chinese imports

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Guidance on California Proposition 65 for herbal products

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AHPA encourages EPA to reform pesticide regulations

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The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) submitted comments yesterday encouraging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reform current regulations to maintain protections for consumers and the environment and reduce burdens on food companies that use specialty or minor crops such as herbs and spices in their products.
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