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AHPA submits comments on proposed amendments to registration of food facilities

AHPA on Monday submitted comments on the FDA's proposed rule for the registration of food facilities, which amends and updates current registration regulations as part of the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
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AHPA comments on California proposal to list goldenseal, aloe as 'known to cause cancer' under Prop 65

AHPA criticizes one of the mechanisms OEHHA uses to add substances to the Prop 65 list

AHPA submitted comments in response to OEHHA's Notice of Intent to List goldenseal root powder and Aloe vera, whole leaf extract, as known to the state to cause cancer under Proposition 65
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AHPA Revises Guidance on Prop 65 Warnings for Pulegone

Does Naturally Occurring Pulegone Represent 'Exposure' Under CA Prop 65?

AHPA has updated guidance to help members understand and comply with California Proposition 65 requirements when selling products that contain pulegone, a ketonic monoterpene that is a naturally present constituent in various plant species, including mints.
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Limitations of DNA testing for botanical identification

DNA analysis can generate false negative results due to the normal and expected lack of DNA in some processed herbal ingredients

The statement provides the view of the American Herbal Products Association of the current state of the science of the use of DNA barcoding as a technique for authenticating the identity of herbal materials for this purpose and is intended to explain any misunderstandings that may arise out of the March 30 agreement as to the currently limited applicability of this analytical technique.
Author: AHPA Staff
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AHPA Board acts to oppose federal preemption and "natural" labeling of GMOs

24 March, 2015 | in AHPA News

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Board of Trustees acted at its meeting earlier this month to adopt a position to oppose labeling of foods that contain GMO ingredients as "natural" or with any similar term and to oppose inclusion of a federal preemption provision in any GMO legislation that may be offered in the U.S. Congress, whether for mandatory or voluntary labeling.
Author: AHPA Staff
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AHPA Adopts Policy Against Sale of Bulk Caffeine

Recent reports associate serious injury and death with use of pure caffeine purchased by consumers in bulk packaging.

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Board of Trustees on March 4 established a trade requirement that prohibits sale by AHPA members of pure caffeine in bulk form at retail (to consumers).
Author: AHPA Staff
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Whitepaper on DNA barcode testing reveals how misapplication of science led to baseless results

The Capabilities and Limitations of DNA Barcode Testing

A comprehensive analysis of DNA barcode testing on botanical dietary supplements has called conclusions reached by the New York Attorney General’s (NY AG) office in an investigation of four major retailers of botanical supplements, a “…misuse of the technologies” that led to a “…misinterpretation of test results.”
Author: AHPA Staff
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AHPA responds to dozens of media outlets' coverage of New York Attorney General's inadequate testing of herbal supplements

AHPA has responded to more than 20 media outlets' coverage of the New York State Attorney General's supplement investigation to stress that the allegations are based on inadequate and unproven testing of herbal supplement products. The test results are at the core of the Attorney General's misinformed allegations that several major retailers are selling adulterated and/or mislabeled herbal dietary supplements. 
Author: AHPA Staff
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AHPA issues cannabis oversight recommendations for regulators

Oversight framework promotes best practices for cannabis production and distribution from seed to consumption

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has published recommendations for regulators to address issues related to the safe use and responsible commerce of legally-marketed products derived from Cannabis species.
Author: AHPA Staff
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Citizens for Health Urges Consumers to Visit AHPA's KeepSupplementsClean.org Website

Leading consumer health organization supports FDA's efforts to remove from the market tainted products labeled as dietary supplements

SILVER SPRING, Md. (November 2, 2012) -- Citizens for Health (CFH), a leading consumer advocacy group, is urging its 100,000 members to visit the American Herbal Products Association's (AHPA) KeepSupplementsClean.org website as an educational resource for consumers to educate them and help them avoid consuming tainted products being sold as dietary supplements.
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