AHPA kombucha education program supports industry compliance

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AHPA kombucha education program supports industry compliance

Kombucha experts provide guidance and resources

Author: Lawanda (Admin)/Thursday, November 5, 2015/Categories: News Release, Update, Press Room, Front Page

Silver Spring, MD, September 16, 2015 - The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) presented three webinars as part of its recently launched kombucha education program aimed at encouraging and supporting compliance with kombucha manufacturing, labeling, and sales regulations under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Treasury's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

The kombucha webinars cover:

TTB Basics -- Presented September 29
Alcohol Analysis -- Presented October 14
Tax, Labeling and Legislation -- Presented November 4

The webinars are designed to inform the industry about the current regulatory structure and issues facing the industry.

Kombucha is a fermented beverage that usually contains a small amount of alcohol that is naturally produced by traditional manufacturing processes. When kombucha contains 0.5 percent alcohol or more by volume at any time, it comes under the jurisdiction of TTB regulations. AHPA's kombucha education program will inform kombucha makers about how to to ensure compliance with FDA rules and with TTB regulations when applicable.

"AHPA's new education program will provide kombucha manufacturers and marketers with the resources and knowledge they need to effectively comply with current laws and regulations that affect this product category," said AHPA President Michael McGuffin. "The goal of the program is to assist all kombucha brands to benefit from the remarkable growth in the kombucha category by directly addressing legal issues so companies can focus their resources on meeting the growing consumer demand for these healthy beverages."

For more information concerning the AHPA kombucha education program, contact Tami Wahl at twahl@ahpa.org.

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The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the national trade association and voice of the herbal and botanical products industry. AHPA is comprised of more than 300 domestic and foreign companies doing business as growers, processors, manufacturers, and marketers of herbs and herbal products, including foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and non-prescription drugs. Founded in 1982, AHPA's mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products. Website: www.ahpa.org.

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