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Steven Foster – In Memoriam

We are shocked and saddened to report the sudden passing of Steven Foster last weekend.

Steven was known and loved as a botanical photographer extraordinaire, prolific author of botanical books, teacher, herbalist, and longtime contributor to the herbal industry. His engagements with AHPA date back to nearly the beginning of our association’s 40-year history.

Dick Griffin – In Memoriam

With profound sadness we announce the passing of our dear colleague and friend Dick Griffin

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear colleague and friend Dick Griffin.

Recent California Proposition 65 activity includes notices for naturally-occurring chemicals

August 2021: AHPA Legal Alert

AHPA has seen a recent trend of 60-day Notices of Violation (NOVs) alleging California Proposition 65 warning violations for naturally occurring chemicals in food products.

Guidance on allergens in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Free guidance for AHPA members

AHPA has published a revised version of the guidance document titled “Compliance with the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) for Marketers of Chinese Herbal Products” to include the requirements of the recently adopted Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research Act of 2021 (FASTER Act), which adds sesame to the list of major food allergens that require labeling in the United States. The new requirements in the FASTER Act amend the definition of “major food allergen” in FALCPA and take effect on January 1, 2023.

2021 AHPA awards recognize excellence in the herbal products industry

2021 AHPA awards recognize excellence in the herbal products industry

Dr. Rob Wildman, SafetyCall International, Herbalife Nutrition, Naturade, Indena S.p.A., and Tony Hayes (posthumously), awarded for outstanding contributions

Established in 2006, the annual AHPA Awards acknowledge individuals and organizations that help further AHPA's goal of promoting the responsible commerce of herbs and herbal products.

2021 AHPA Award Winners

  • AHPA Herbal Hero Award: Dr. Rob Wildman, Demeter Consulting
  • AHPA Herbal Industry Leadership Award: Herbalife Nutrition
  • AHPA Herbal Insight Award: Safety Call
  • AHPA Diversity & Inclusion Award: Naturade
  • AHPA Herbal Centennial Award: Indena
  • AHPA Herbal Pioneer Award: Tony Hayes
AHPA updates online Botanical Safety Handbook

AHPA updates online Botanical Safety Handbook

New safety information added to 4 botanicals

AHPA has released updates via the online Botanical Safety Handbook 2nd ed. to four additional botanicals.

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

November 2020 IADSA Newsflash

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.

EPA issues final rule on pesticide tolerance crop groups for herbs, spices

Final rule converts the previous group 19, “Herbs and Spices” into two new groups

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.

AHPA joins FBIA coalition seeking comment period extension for FDA traceability proposed rule

Request seeks deadline be extended by 60 days, to March 24, 2021.

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) joined a coalition of organizations headed by the Food and Beverage Issue Alliance (FBIA) to request a comment period extension for FDA’s recently published proposed rule on food traceability. AHPA has previously reported on the proposed rule in this AHPA Update.

AHPA updates online Botanical Safety Handbook

AHPA updates online Botanical Safety Handbook

New safety information added to 11 botanicals

AHPA has released updates via the online Botanical Safety Handbook 2nd ed. to nine additional botanicals.

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