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  • Unstoppable Moms Across America launches new Gold Standard to shift the marketplace for a healthier planet
  • Draco Achieves Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification of its manufacturing facilities
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    “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.
    IADSA update on international supplement regulations

    IADSA update on international supplement regulations

    December 2019 IADSA Newsflash

    China announces new health food naming guidelines, European Commission lowers the level of citrinin (a mycotoxin) in food supplements, Belgium limits the intake of curcuminoids with their natural bioavailability to 500 mg of curcuminoids per day, and French authorities caution the intake of supplements containing berberine in this issue of the IADSA Newsflash.

    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.
    AHPA Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress

    AHPA Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress

    April 14-15 -- Portland, OR

    Due to overwhelming demand, AHPA is presenting a second, expanded Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress in Portland, OR to provide companies with an understanding of federal and state legal and regulatory obligations and current issues and opportunities in the hemp-CBD market.

    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.

    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.
    AHPA Annual Member Meeting 2020

    AHPA Annual Member Meeting 2020

    Anaheim, California

    AHPA's Annual Member Meeting features insights into industry trends, the board of trustees' election, and the presentation of the 2019 AHPA Awards. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from herbal industry leaders and network with your colleagues.

    CA Prop 65 Guidance for Tea and Infusion Products

    Free guidance for tea and infusion products companies

    AHPA has posted this free guidance to help tea and infusion product companies understand, navigate and mitigate liabilities related to California's Proposition 65 (the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986). Since July 2016, numerous companies that sell or manufacture tea and infusion products, primarily marketers of branded finished products, have been the subject of complaints alleging violation of California's Prop 65 for failure to provide the required warnings.

    AHPA continues EPA advocacy to expand crop groups to cover more botanical commodities

    EPA proposes two new crop groups to cover herbs and spices

    In comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week, AHPA continued to encourage the agency to expand its use of its crop grouping regulations by including more botanical commodities in two proposed new crop groups to help ensure that all of the minor crop botanical commodities marketed in the U.S. are covered by federal regulations.

    AHPA response to Consumer Reports article on echinacea and turmeric products

    CR selected arbitrary standards for its analysis

    The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has assessed an article issued today by Consumer Reports (CR) on its analytical review of 16 echinacea and 13 turmeric products. AHPA has found that CR relied on arbitrary or internal standards for its analysis, apparently in order to support its preconceived view of herbal supplements, expressed by repeating in today’s article the false myth of ‘lack of regulation’ of dietary supplements.
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