The 2015 AHPA Awards winners are:
AHPA Herbal Hero Award: Dick Griffin
Griffin, former owner of Grifcon Enterprises, was awarded the AHPA Herbal Hero Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the industry.
A commercial lines insurance broker with more than 46 years of experience specializing in products liability insurance, Griffin formed the national Products Liability Insurance Program for the US dietary supplement and natural products industry in 1996 and has been credited for “the tremendous benefits that his programs generated for the dietary supplement industry”.
AHPA Herbal Industry Leader Award: Mountain Rose Herbs
For taking steps above and beyond normal business practices to advance the herbal products industry, Mountain Rose Herbs was been awarded the AHPA Herbal Industry Leader Award. Mountain Rose Herbs revealed the only certified organic tea line on the market packaged with 100% post-consumer waste maHerterials including recycled newspaper and compostable plant cellulose.
In 2013, the company launched the Free Herbalism Project as an ongoing series of free community events featuring visiting herbalists.
AHPA Herbal Insight Award: Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Dr Low Dog, an internationally recognized expert in the fields of dietary supplements, herbal medicine, women's health and natural medicine, is this year’s winner of the AHPA Herbal Insight Award in recognition of her efforts to significantly increase and further knowledge and understanding of botanicals and their uses.
Dr Low Dog's extensive career spans more than 35 years. In addition to her work as a clinician and educator, Dr. Low Dog has been involved in national health policy and regulatory issues for more than a decade. In 2000, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the White House Commission of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and she recently completed her three-year term as a member of the Advisory Council for the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).
Dr. Low Dog served as the elected Chair of the United States Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements and Botanicals Expert Committee from 2000 to 2010. And now serves as the elected Chair of the United States Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements Admission Evaluation Committee.
Special AHPA Award for Journalistic Excellence: Hank Schultz & Stephen Daniells, NutraIngredients-USA
NutraIngredients-USA Senior Editor Stephen Daniells and Senior Correspondent Hank Schultz have been awarded the Special AHPA Award for Journalistic Excellence for their journalistic reporting of the New York State Attorney General's flawed DNA testing of herbal supplement products.
AHPA President Michael McGuffin said: “AHPA is pleased to recognize the hard work of these individuals and organizations and greatly appreciates their contributions to the herbal products industry.”