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Recent AHPA Advocacy

AHPA President attends London seminar on herbal product quality

McGuffin emphasizes the individual company’s role in ensuring quality

AHPA President Michael McGuffin presented at a seminar sponsored jointly today in London, England by Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) and British Herbal Medicine Association (BHMA), titled Maintaining High Quality Standards in Herbal Products.

FairWild, TRAFFIC and AHPA focus on sustainability in Cambridge meeting

AHPA members are invested in and committed to programs and practices to ensure herbal supplies are obtained sustainably

American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) President Michael McGuffin met Monday with the senior staff of TRAFFIC and the FairWild Foundation at the organizations' main office in Cambridge, England. The meeting was arranged to exchange ideas on how best to collaborate to encourage and support sustainable industry practices in procurement of wild plant species used in the U.S. herbal products industry.

Hemp industry leaders urge Farm Bill conferees to modify and support Farm Bill provision to legalize U.S. hemp farming

Provision to ban drug felons from participating in hemp production should be removed

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leading hemp industry advocates collaborated to urge Farm Bill conferees to finalize and pass the Farm Bill to modify and support a provision that would legalize hemp farming in the U.S.

AHPA Chief Science Officer presents at Hemp and CBD Summit

Dr. Johnson urges industry to act as though it is already regulated

AHPA Chief Science Officer Holly Johnson, Ph.D., presented at the Natural Products Expo East Hemp and CBD Summit on Sept. 12 in Baltimore, Maryland. The summit was sponsored by AHPA member companies pioneering the hemp space, including CV Sciences and Charlotte’s Web by the Stanley Brothers.

AHPA requests relief for supplement and herbal industry from tariffs on imports from China

Proposed tariffs could increase costs for consumers and cause disruptions to the marketplace

AHPA submitted comments on September 6 to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to request that a proposed 25 percent duty on Chinese imports be revised to remove from this new tariff burden numerous ingredients used in dietary supplements and other herbal products manufactured and marketed in the United States.
Nature’s Way coordinates tour of Garnay ginkgo farm for Sen. Scott staff

Nature’s Way coordinates tour of Garnay ginkgo farm for Sen. Scott staff

Farm established in 1982 now provides ginkgo leaves sold in products in 80 countries worldwide

AHPA advocates for inclusion of the Hemp Production amendment in the 2018 Farm Bill

AHPA encourages Senate and House conferees to remove unnecessary restriction in conference

AHPA strongly supports inclusion of the provisions of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 in the Farm Bill, as included in the version passed by the Senate on June 28, 2018, and notes that similar language is not included in the House version of this legislation (H.R. 2).

California court affirms Prop 65 lead MADL at 0.5 mcg per day

Appeals Court rejects lawsuit challenging established standard for Proposition 65 warnings

On June 5, 2018, the California Court of Appeal ruled against private plaintiff Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation (Mateel) and upheld the current 0.5 microgram per day safe harbor for lead, as set in 1989 by the predecessor agency to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). The ruling has since been finalized by the Court. Mateel had sought to force OEHHA to repeal the regulations for setting a “maximum allowable dose level” (MADL) for lead as a reproductive toxicant and to revoke the safe harbor for lead. 
CRS report details challenges and opportunities for growing U.S. hemp industry

CRS report details challenges and opportunities for growing U.S. hemp industry

Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity

Recent market and import data for hemp products and ingredients show that the U.S. market has a highly dedicated and growing demand base, according to a recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

IADSA July 2018 Newsflash

This issue of the IADSA Newsflash includes an update on the EU considering whether to set limits for 21 pyrrolizidine alkaloids in food supplements
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