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Communications Committee

Chair: Suzanne Shelton (The Shelton Group Public Relations)
Staff Contact: Amber Bennett

Committee Purpose:

  • To generate positive publicity about herbs and to counteract adverse publicity promptly;
  • To publicize AHPA's activities on behalf of the herbal products industry.

AHPA Members, if you would like to join this committee, please email the staff contact.


Committee Meeting Minutes

March 8, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Communications Committee

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November 11, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Communications Committee

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Committee-Related News

AHPA 2021 Fall Committee & Event Schedule

October 26 - November 19, 2021

AHPA Members are encouraged to participate in the Fall committee meetings and events being held via Zoom, virtually, and in-person October 26 through November 19. The AHPA Staff Contact for each committee will email additional information and reminders to committee members before the meetings.

Communications Committee Meeting

Friday, November 5, 2021 | 11am-12:30pm PT

2020 AHPA awards recognize excellence in the herbal products industry

2020 AHPA awards recognize excellence in the herbal products industry

Wilson Lau, Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition, Verdure Sciences, and Edward Alstat awarded for outstanding contributions to the herbal industry

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.

2020 AHPA Award Winners

  • Herbal Hero Award: Wilson Lau, Nuherbs
  • Herbal Industry Leadership Award: Verdure Sciences
  • Herbal Insight Award: Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition
  • Visionary Award: Dr. Edward K. Alstat (posthumous)
Nominations now being accepted for 2020 AHPA Awards

Nominations now being accepted for 2020 AHPA Awards

Submit nominations by Dec. 13 -- Awards presented March 4, 2020

Nominations are now being accepted for the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) 2020 Awards. The awards will be presented at the Annual AHPA Member Meeting and Breakfast on March 4, 2020 at the Natural Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim, CA.

AHPA response to Consumer Reports article on echinacea and turmeric products

CR selected arbitrary standards for its analysis

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has assessed an article issued today by Consumer Reports (CR) on its analytical review of 16 echinacea and 13 turmeric products. AHPA has found that CR relied on arbitrary or internal standards for its analysis, apparently in order to support its preconceived view of herbal supplements, expressed by repeating in today’s article the false myth of ‘lack of regulation’ of dietary supplements.

AHPA corrects JAMA article that misidentifies illegal drugs as dietary supplements

Products adulterated with undeclared drugs are not dietary supplements

In a letter to the editor submitted to JAMA Open Network, American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) President Michael McGuffin stressed that the herbal products industry shares concerns about unapproved drugs masquerading as dietary supplements, as outlined in a recent article, but also highlighted that the authors mislead readers by failing to make a clear distinction between unlawful, misbranded drugs and legal dietary supplements.
Industry Coalition Reminds Consumers, Retailers, and Product Marketers that Dietary Supplements Cannot Claim to Treat Opioid Addiction

Industry Coalition Reminds Consumers, Retailers, and Product Marketers that Dietary Supplements Cannot Claim to Treat Opioid Addiction

Industry trade associations have been consistent in taking strong positions against marketing dietary supplements for treatment or prevention of diseases

The dietary supplement industry is aware of growing concerns regarding significant negative health impacts associated with opioid addiction and abuse. The leading trade associations of the dietary supplement industry support the responsible marketing and use of health-promoting vitamins, minerals, herbs, sports nutrition, and other dietary supplements.

AHPA corrects inaccurate article on dietary supplements

Dietary supplements are regulated by an extensive framework of laws and regulations implemented and enforced by FDA and other federal agencies

AHPA sent this letter to the editor to The Daily Beast to correct an article ("Tom Price's Other Failure: Snake Oil Supplements," April 9, 2017) which inaccurately states that the FDA has been "prohibited from regulating dietary supplements," and falsely describes the industry as "unregulated."
AHPA awards Elwood Richard, Scott Bass, Loren Israelsen, Suzanne Shelton and BI Nutraceuticals

AHPA awards Elwood Richard, Scott Bass, Loren Israelsen, Suzanne Shelton and BI Nutraceuticals

AHPA and the entire herbal products industry have greatly benefited from their years of dedication and hard work

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) presented its 2017 awards to Elwood Richard, Scott Bass, Loren Israelsen, Suzanne Shelton and BI Nutraceuticals for substantive and positive contributions to the herbal products industry

AHPA responds to inaccurate media coverage of curcumin mini-perspective

Mini-perspective has been misinterpreted to create inaccurate headlines and articles that misinform the public about turmeric

AHPA Chief Science Officer Maged Sharaf, Ph.D., responded to inaccurate media coverage of a mini-perspecive, "The Essential Medicinal Chemistry of Curcumin,"

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