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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.
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.
The AHPA Board of Trustees approved two new guidance resources for the hemp industry during its meeting on Tuesday June 29, 2021. The resources are the latest guidance documents developed by AHPA’s Cannabis Committee, which was formed in 2010 to address issues related to the safe use and responsible commerce of legally-marketed products derived from Cannabis species, including products derived from hemp as legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill.
AHPA has revised its labeling guidance for herbal dietary supplements to cover updated nutrition labeling requirements for dietary supplements, and is making the updated guidance document available FREE to members.
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has updated its guidance document “Good Agricultural and Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices for Botanical Materials” (AHPA GACP-GMP) to include a new appendix addressing prevention of pyrrolizidine alkaloid contamination.
AHPA has updated its “Primer on Importing and Exporting CITES-Listed Species,” a free resource that provides the herbal industry with the latest information on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
On October 26, 2018, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) listed “nickel (soluble compounds)” as a chemical known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity under Proposition 65. The listing went into effect for soluble nickel compounds on October 26, 2019. Companies need to be aware of the new Prop 65 requirements for certain products that expose consumers to soluble nickel compounds and should refer to the current Proposition 65 requirements to determine the appropriate format and content of any warnings necessary for their products.
AHPA has posted this free guidance to help tea and infusion product companies understand, navigate and mitigate liabilities related to California's Proposition 65 (the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986). Since July 2016, numerous companies that sell or manufacture tea and infusion products, primarily marketers of branded finished products, have been the subject of complaints alleging violation of California's Prop 65 for failure to provide the required warnings.
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