The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) delivered a letter to US Trade Representative Katherine Tai this month requesting the removal of punitive tariffs from a range of products relevant to the herbal products industry.
In this issue of the IADSA Newsflash:China has updated the dosage forms recognized for Health Food filings; Thailand has released updated quality requirements for foods and dietary supplements that contain hempseed and its derivatives; European Union (EU) has issued a regulation regarding certain hydroxyanthracene derivatives (HADs) in foods and food supplements, impacting aloes and other botanicals containing these compounds; and more!
In this issue of the IADSA Newsflash: China - Coenzyme Q10, reishi shell-broken spore powder, spirulina, fish oil and melatonin are now officially considered as functional ingredients; European Union – After a recent court case, the Commission now considers that cannabidiol (CBD) extracted from hemp is not a drug and can be eligible for use in food and food supplements; France has extended its ban on titanium dioxide (TiO2) in foods and supplements for another year pending a scientific opinion for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA); Germany has published an updated Stoffliste, with the addition of over 100 monographs and over 250 plants; United Kingdom – Post-Brexit regulations for foods and supplements have not changed substantially; Argentina has updated the portion of the Argentine Food Code that defines dietary supplements. Primary changes are adjustments to minimum and maximum levels of vitamins and minerals, establishment of limits for amino acids and nitrogenous substances, and a reduction in the permitted botanical species; Nicaragua and Uzbekistan have introduced initial regulations for dietary supplement products.
In this issue of the IADSA Newsflash: China has issued three new technical guidelines related to health food; India is amending its supplement and food regulation; Korea has introduced some changes to its health functional Food Code; Australia has classified sports supplements under the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA); and more.
In an adjustment to pesticide regulations years in the making, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule on November 6, 2020 revising and expanding the Agency’s pesticide tolerance crop grouping regulations for herbs and spices. These revisions incorporated and accepted many of the comments AHPA submitted in 2013 and again in 2019, requesting the addition of many herbal commodities that had not previously been included in EPA’s crop grouping system.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule on November 6, 2020 revising and expanding the pesticide tolerance crop grouping regulations. Crop groups are lists of similar crops which allow the establishment of shared pesticide tolerances for all commodities included in each group, permitting the use of identified pesticides on those crops. The final rule converts the previous group 19, “Herbs and Spices” into two new groups: group 25 for herbs and group 26 for spices. A large number of commodities were also added to each group.
In this issue of the IADSA Newsflash: France alerts consumers about food supplements with claims of curing or preventing COVID-19; Israel notifies WTO about revised limits for polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in food supplements; Brazil's new resolution mandating a label when food supplements have a new formulation; Ecuador issues rules for cannabis (hemp seed) supplements; and Peru has established a basic regulation governing health claims applicable to supplement products.
This issue of the IADSA Newsflash covers Australia TGA reclassifies certain sports supplements to be regulated as medicines, South Africa down scheduled CBD to a category of complementary medicine, Korea has updated its functional food code to include ginseng as helpful to bone health and the European Commission (EC) acknowledges the potential to consider traditional use of botanicals in the efficacy assessment of health claims when traditional medicine products exist for botanicals used in foods.
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