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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.”

Food & Beverage Issue Alliance requests FDA enforcement discretion for new nutrition labeling rule

AHPA joins 12 leading trade associations to request FDA enforcement discretion

AHPA joined 12 leading trade associations to advocate FDA to provide flexibility in its enforcement of the new nutrition labeling rules as the January 1, 2020 compliance date approaches. In a letter to Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless, the associations, acting as the Food & Beverage Issue Alliance, requested FDA to to provide a six-month period of enforcement discretion following the compliance date.

AHPA presents at the AOAC INTERNATIONAL 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition

Michael McGuffin and Holly Johnson, Ph.D. outline ways AOAC analytical methods can support the herbal supplement industry

AHPA President Michael McGuffin and Chief Science Officer Holly Johnson, Ph.D. presented at the AOAC International 133rd Annual Meeting and Exposition to help the organization further develop analytical methods for botanicals used in herbal supplements.

Online Sustainability Bootcamp -- Fall Session

Oct. 17 - Nov. 21 -- Discount for AHPA members

NSF offers a comprehensive 6-week online training program specifically designed for busy professionals in the food, supplements and beverage industries who aim to lead successful sustainability programs that positively impact their company and communities.
Dietary supplement recalls are relatively infrequent according to recent FDA data

Dietary supplement recalls are relatively infrequent according to recent FDA data

Two percent of more than 800 recalls initiated in 2019 involved dietary supplement products

Recall data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows that 14 of 803 (1.7 percent) recorded recalls initiated in 2019 involved dietary supplements, and among these, three were Class I recalls (the most serious recall class), according to an article published in the August 2019 AHPA Report.
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