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AHPA awards Sen. Tom Harkin, Robert Ullman, Steven Dentali, Paula Brown, and Aveda for contributions to the herbal products industry

AHPA awards Sen. Tom Harkin, Robert Ullman, Steven Dentali, Paula Brown, and Aveda for contributions to the herbal products industry

2016 AHPA Awards

AHPA presented its 2016 awards to Steven Dentali, Ph.D; Aveda, The Art and Science of Pure Flower and Plant Essences; Dr. Paula Brown; Robert (Bob) Ullman (posthumous); and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA retired) for their substantive and positive contributions to the herbal products industry.

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Frontline segment on supplement safety skewed and misleading

AHPA Update

Regulated supplement industry has long history of advocating for strong enforcement of current law.

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AHPA and UNPA launch campaign to educate state attorneys general

AHPA Update

Joint campaign will develop working relationships with state attorneys general (AG) and educate state AGs about the herbal supplement industry.
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AHPA Provides Perspective on Emergency Room Visits Purportedly Associated with Supplements

When placed into context, study demonstrates relative safety of supplements

Article published in New England Journal of Medicine

overstates emergency room (ER) visits associated with dietary supplements. Study also shows supplements are relatively safe compared to other product categories.

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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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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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The use of herbal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic (TIME)

Author: AHPA Staff
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Reformulation of carbonated drinks could slash more than 6,000 calories per year

Using stevia to reformulate just 20% of carbonated soft drinks could slash more than 6,000 calories per year from the diet of consumers, says Diana Cowland of Euromonitor International. 

Author: AHPA Staff
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Chinese herbal therapy debuts at Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals

Changes made to state laws have opened the door for certified herbal therapists to prescribe custom Chinese herbal therapy blends and traditional formulas to patients within a clinical practice.
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