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AHPA Revises Guidance on Prop 65 Warnings for Pulegone

Does Naturally Occurring Pulegone Represent 'Exposure' Under CA Prop 65?

AHPA has updated guidance to help members understand and comply with California Proposition 65 requirements when selling products that contain pulegone, a ketonic monoterpene that is a naturally present constituent in various plant species, including mints.

Proposition 65: What's Going On?

Presented: May 20, 2015

This webinar provides an overview of several significant developments related to California's Proposition 65. Companies that sell products in California should understand these recent changes and be prepared for additional changes that are in development.

Limitations of DNA testing for botanical identification

DNA analysis can generate false negative results due to the normal and expected lack of DNA in some processed herbal ingredients

The statement provides the view of the American Herbal Products Association of the current state of the science of the use of DNA barcoding as a technique for authenticating the identity of herbal materials for this purpose and is intended to explain any misunderstandings that may arise out of the March 30 agreement as to the currently limited applicability of this analytical technique.

AHPA Board acts to oppose federal preemption and "natural" labeling of GMOs

24 March, 2015 | in AHPA News

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Board of Trustees acted at its meeting earlier this month to adopt a position to oppose labeling of foods that contain GMO ingredients as "natural" or with any similar term and to oppose inclusion of a federal preemption provision in any GMO legislation that may be offered in the U.S. Congress, whether for mandatory or voluntary labeling.

AHPA Adopts Policy Against Sale of Bulk Caffeine

Recent reports associate serious injury and death with use of pure caffeine purchased by consumers in bulk packaging.

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Board of Trustees on March 4 established a trade requirement that prohibits sale by AHPA members of pure caffeine in bulk form at retail (to consumers).

Whitepaper on DNA barcode testing reveals how misapplication of science led to baseless results

The Capabilities and Limitations of DNA Barcode Testing

A comprehensive analysis of DNA barcode testing on botanical dietary supplements has called conclusions reached by the New York Attorney General’s (NY AG) office in an investigation of four major retailers of botanical supplements, a “…misuse of the technologies” that led to a “…misinterpretation of test results.”

AHPA to award Dick Griffin, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, Mountain Rose Herbs, Stephen Daniells and Hank Schultz for herbal industry contributions

27 February, 2015 | in AHPA Updates

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 AHPA Awards for individuals and companies making substantive, positive contributions to the herbal products industry. The 2015 AHPA Awards will be presented during AHPA's annual Member Meeting and Breakfast on March 5 at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif.

Osha research donations made in February will be matched by Mountain Rose Herbs

Senators question DNA testing of herbal supplements as NY Attorney General expands investigation

Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week to ask if DNA testing is an appropriate method to identify botanical ingredients in supplements.

AHPA responds to dozens of media outlets' coverage of New York Attorney General's inadequate testing of herbal supplements

AHPA has responded to more than 20 media outlets' coverage of the New York State Attorney General's supplement investigation to stress that the allegations are based on inadequate and unproven testing of herbal supplement products. The test results are at the core of the Attorney General's misinformed allegations that several major retailers are selling adulterated and/or mislabeled herbal dietary supplements. 
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