AHPA submits supply chain issues to USDA and continues to collect industry data

AHPA submits supply chain issues to USDA and continues to collect industry data

April 10, 2020: Report your supply chain issues to AHPA using this brief survey

Published: Friday, April 10, 2020

AHPA has reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) a host of supply chain issues submitted by members and others in the herbal community. The information submitted to USDA reports on shortages or delivery disruptions of a variety of ingredients, supplies, and services.

AHPA also continues to collect supply chain data to inform the industry, regulators and lawmakers. If your company is currently encountering any export or import delays, ingredient supply shortages, or other disruptions, please complete this survey. We will compile all information and share it with regulators and members.

Note: this survey provides an option to identify yourself and your company but AHPA will not provide identifying information when it reports data from the survey.

AHPA has already reported some disruption data provided by members to inform USDA. Issues reported to USDA largely fall into the following categories:

Botanical raw materials consisting of unprocessed plants and plant extracts, from Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico and Taiwan. Identified examples include: agave, arnica, bilberry, boswellia, cilantro, echinacea, elderberry, gentian, hawthorn, linden, and lomatium, passionflower, pomegranate, reishi and turmeric. Food ingredients were also identified, including lentils and rice.

Proprietary ingredients including botanical extracts from Italy and New Zealand.

Letter vitamins and other dietary ingredients from China and India, including CoQ10, ascorbic acid, and calcium D glucarate, as well as “letter vitamins” generally described.

Supplies for manufacturing, including a reported disruption to the supply of organic alcohol (ethanol), an essential ingredient used as a solvent in botanical extraction operations. No specific source country was identified but the primary supply for most AHPA members is reportedly domestic.

Packaging materials and supplies from China and Mexico, including glass and plastic bottles, bottle closures, etc. Some respondents also report supply disruptions of these materials even from U.S. suppliers.

Supplies for sanitation procedures, including isopropyl alcohol, nitrile gloves, and face masks. Source countries identified include China, and again, even U.S. suppliers of these materials.

Services, including issues with availability of contract manufacturer and bottling operations, at least regionally in some parts of the U.S.

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