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The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) submitted nearly 200 pages of comments and suggested revisions to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to the first two proposed rules issued to implement portions of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
The rules that FDA first proposed on January 16, 2013, would create new regulations for human food manufacturers (Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food) and subject certain farming activities to risk-based standards (Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption).
AHPA President Michael McGuffin addresses Botanical Congress attendees
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) held its 2013 AHPA Botanical Congress: Practical Approaches to Verifying Identity on November 16 in conjunction with SupplySide West in Las Vegas.
The full-day event convened supplement industry veterans to provide industry stakeholders, including ingredient suppliers and product manufacturers, with information about how to comply with U.S. dietary supplement current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) regulations (21 CFR 111). Experts provided information on finished-product testing and verification of botanical ingredients' identity using "scientifically valid" methods. The event also featured roundtable-style discussions with legal and regulatory experts and interactive, hands-on activities focused on identity testing methods and technologies.