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January 2020 AHPA in the News


AHPA submits comments to USDA on domestic hemp production program

January 30, 2020: Significant room for improvement in the hemp production Interim Final Rule and the subsequent Final Rule

In comments submitted to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), AHPA requested numerous, significant revisions to the Interim Final Rule (IFR) that establishes a domestic hemp production program before a Final Rule is promulgated in 2021.

“Phase One” agreement with China provides some relief to supplement importers

Reduced tariffs will affect imports filed after February 14

A partial trade agreement signed by the United States and China on January 15, 2020, will reduce U.S.-imposed tariffs on some imported Chinese goods used by U.S. dietary supplement and food companies, but it will leave tariffs on other commodities in place, at least for the short term.

December 2019 AHPA in the News


AHPA President Michael McGuffin participates in Hemp Industry Daily Forum at MJBizCon

Compliant hemp-CBD companies can learn much from the success of the herbal supplement industry

AHPA President Michael McGuffin presented with three other panelists in a session titled, “CBD Market Forecast: Feast or Famine” at the Hemp Industry Daily Forum during the MJBizCon in Las Vegas earlier this week.
Michael McGuffin named Industry Leader by Nutritional Outlook’s 2019 Best of the Industry Awards

Michael McGuffin named Industry Leader by Nutritional Outlook’s 2019 Best of the Industry Awards

McGuffin and AHPA are a leading voice not only for the herbal products industry but for the entire dietary supplement industry

Nutritional Outlook named AHPA President Michael McGuffin Industry Leader as part of the publication's 2019 Best of Industry Awards. This year, McGuffin celebrated his 20th anniversary as association president. "Under Michael's tenure—and even before that, when he served on the association’s board of trustees—AHPA has been a leading influence and guiding hand in shaping the safe, responsible, and prosperous herb commerce market that so many consumers rely on today," according to the Nutritional Outlook announcement.

November 2019 AHPA in the News


FAQs: CA Prop 65 listing of nickel (soluble compounds)

Free guidance for AHPA members

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.

Guidance on allergens in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Free guidance for AHPA members

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.

VA Senators secure $590,000 to expand forest farming in Appalachia

Virginia Tech project to expand the impact of the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition (ABFFC)

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced almost $600,000 in federal funding for a Virginia Tech project to expand the impact of the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition (ABFFC) by increasing membership and improving opportunities and capabilities among forest farmers.
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