AHPA has compiled answers to frequently asked questions and resources to help prepare for and respond to COVID-19. This page will be revised and updated regularly as new information about the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and possible impacts on the herbal products industry and the people who work in this trade becomes available.
The European Food Safety Authority issued a report regarding potential exposure to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) from high consumption of hemp-based foods, the European Commission is finalizing limits for pyrrolizidine alkaloids in food supplements, Italy has set maximum limits on THC in hemp-derived foods and ingredients, the French ban on titanium dioxide in food supplements took effect on January 1, 2020,
the German Institute for Risk Assessment has issued a recommendation against the consumption of red yeast rice supplements, and more in this issue of the IADSA Newsflash.
China announces new health food naming guidelines, European Commission lowers the level of citrinin (a mycotoxin) in food supplements, Belgium limits the intake of curcuminoids with their natural bioavailability to 500 mg of curcuminoids per day, and French authorities caution the intake of supplements containing berberine in this issue of the IADSA Newsflash.
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.
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.
AHPA has posted this free guidance to help tea and infusion product companies understand, navigate and mitigate liabilities related to California's Proposition 65 (the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986). Since July 2016, numerous companies that sell or manufacture tea and infusion products, primarily marketers of branded finished products, have been the subject of complaints alleging violation of California's Prop 65 for failure to provide the required warnings.
China considers adding 5 functional ingredients, including reishi powder and spirulina, to its food raw materials directory, and changes to permitted health food function claims, in this issue of the IADSA Newsflash.
Congress passed a Farm Bill in 2018 that included historic provisions to legalize hemp, the low THC cultivars of the Cannabis sativa L. species. This landmark legislation changes how hemp and hemp-derived products like cannabidiol (CBD) are regulated in the U.S. To help the herbal products industry understand the new regulatory landscape, AHPA has expanded this Status Report and to answer industry questions about the new legal landscape.
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