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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.

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 President Michael McGuffin delivers keynote at 26th Annual Hemp Industries Association Conference (HIACON)

AHPA President Michael McGuffin delivers keynote at 26th Annual Hemp Industries Association Conference (HIACON)

McGuffin discusses opportunities and challenges for those marketing hemp-CBD as a dietary supplement

AHPA President Michael McGuffin discussed opportunities and challenges for companies marketing hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) in products labeled as dietary supplements at the 26th Annual Hemp Industries Association Conference (HIACON) held in Charlotte, NC this week.

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.

Happy Birthday DSHEA!

AHPA celebrates the 25th Anniversary of DSHEA

FDA to provide additional time to comply with new nutrition labeling requirements

FDA to work with manufacturers to meet the new Nutrition Facts label requirements during the first 6 months

FDA announced today that, during the first six months following the general January 1, 2020, compliance date for the new nutrition labeling regulations for conventional foods and dietary supplements, it plans to work cooperatively with manufacturers to meet the new requirements and will not focus on enforcement actions during that time. Note that manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales already had an extra year to comply – until January 1, 2021.

AHPA joins dietary supplement industry to urge swift congressional action on CBD

Congress urged to pass legislation to clarify that CBD derived from hemp is a lawful dietary ingredient

This week, the four leading trade associations representing the U.S. dietary supplement industry joined forces to urge Congress to take action to ensure consumer safety and provide legal clarity in the cannabidiol (CBD) product marketplace. In a letter, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), and United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) called on Congress “to pass legislation to clarify that CBD derived from the hemp plant is a lawful dietary ingredient if the dietary supplement containing the CBD meets established product safety and quality criteria.”

Webinar: Compliance with FDA’s Revised Nutrition Labeling Regulations

Presented October 29, 2019

Recorded October 29, 2019, this webinar offers expert insights into the nutrition labeling requirements for foods and dietary supplements are scheduled to take effect January 1, 2020 for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual sales and January 1, 2021 for smaller manufacturers.

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