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California court affirms Prop 65 lead MADL at 0.5 mcg per day

Appeals Court rejects lawsuit challenging established standard for Proposition 65 warnings

On June 5, 2018, the California Court of Appeal ruled against private plaintiff Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation (Mateel) and upheld the current 0.5 microgram per day safe harbor for lead, as set in 1989 by the predecessor agency to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). The ruling has since been finalized by the Court. Mateel had sought to force OEHHA to repeal the regulations for setting a “maximum allowable dose level” (MADL) for lead as a reproductive toxicant and to revoke the safe harbor for lead. 
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CRS report details challenges and opportunities for growing U.S. hemp industry

CRS report details challenges and opportunities for growing U.S. hemp industry

Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity

Recent market and import data for hemp products and ingredients show that the U.S. market has a highly dedicated and growing demand base, according to a recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).
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AHPA working to update and expand Herbs of Commerce

AHPA will solicit member feedback on proposed updates

AHPA has been working with an expert advisory committee to review, revise and broaden AHPA's Herbs of Commerce, the standard for common and scientific plant names used for herbal products.
Author: AHPA Staff
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IADSA update on international supplement regulations

IADSA July 2018 Newsflash

This issue of the IADSA Newsflash includes an update on the EU considering whether to set limits for 21 pyrrolizidine alkaloids in food supplements
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New U.S. tariffs proposed on Chinese imports of many herb and supplement ingredients

Proposal would increase tariffs on flax, hemp seed, ginseng, mushrooms, fish oils, minerals, and more

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is proposing an additional 10 percent ad valorem duty on numerous Chinese imports with an annual trade value of approximately $200 billion. The list of products of China identified by USTR as subject to this new proposed tariff includes many herbal and plant-derived substances as well as a number of other ingredients found in dietary supplements.
Author: AHPA Staff
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AHPA submits GMO labeling recommendations to USDA

AHPA submits GMO labeling recommendations to USDA

USDA proposal would hinder consumer access to information on genetically modified foods

In an effort to ensure American consumers can discern if their food includes GMOs, AHPA recommended significant revisions to a proposed rule issued by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to establish a mandatory, national bioengineered (BE) food disclosure standard.

Author: AHPA Staff
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AHPA Presents at Canna West 2018

AHPA Presents at Canna West 2018

AHPA Chief Science Officer Dr. Johnson highlights AHPA resources for the cannabis industry

AHPA Chief Science Officer Holly Johnson, Ph.D., participated in a panel discussion yesterday on testing and labeling standards for cannabis products to increase product safety and decrease producers’ liability at Canna West 2018 held in Los Angeles.
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AHPA recommends oshá harvest permitting in GMUG National Forests

AHPA recommends oshá harvest permitting in GMUG National Forests

Research supported by the AHPA ERB Foundation concludes plants have a high capacity for post‐harvest recolonization

AHPA recently submitted comments to the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests to recommend that a revision of its plan for land and resource management include a process for permitting commercial harvest of oshá (Ligusticum porteri) root.
Author: AHPA Staff
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A Primer on AHPA’s Good Agricultural and Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices (GACP-GMP) Guidance for Botanical Materials

What is AHPA's GACP-GMP guidance and how can it help your business?

Recorded May 22, 2018 -- Member cost: $150. Nonmember cost: $350.

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AHPA endorses the Hemp Farming Act of 2018

AHPA Board adopts policy to support any state or federal efforts to decriminalize hemp

AHPA is endorsing federal legislation recently introduced to decriminalize hemp and the AHPA Board of Trustees has adopted a policy for the association to support any future state or federal legislation to decriminalize the plant and all its derivatives.
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