Adulteration

Indian frankincense (Boswellia serrata) in Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh, India. J.M. Garg / Wikimedia Commons

Boswellia oleogum resin prone to adulteration, new bulletin outlines

By Adi Menayang

The botanical Boswellia has been used for its anti-inflammatory properties for millennia, but it’s not uncommon to find some products today labeled as Boswellia to skimp on the amount of the botanical or to substitute in a less-researched form.

CRN helps to shine light on SARMs epidemic

CRN helps to shine light on SARMs epidemic

By Hank Schultz

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) is shining a light on the issue of SARMs in sports nutrition products as a way to demonstrate that the dietary supplement industry is taking a proactive approach to dealing with dicey ingredients showing up...

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Endocannabinoid claims, climate change, adulteration progress: What to look for in 2018

By Mark Blumenthal, founder and excutive director, American Botanical Council

Editor's note: Climate change, enthusiasm about the endocannabinoid system and the emergence of a Mexican blood sugar control ingredient are among the things that will characterize 2018 in the botanical industy, according to ABC founder Mark Blumenthal.

Bergstrom makes one ingredient--OptiMSM--meaning chances of cross contamination are nil, NPA says.  Bergstrom Nutrition photo

NPA files petition for approval of skip lot ID testing

By Hank Schultz

The Natural Products Association has filed a petition on behalf of member Bergstrom Nutrition asking FDA to grant reduction of identity testing frequency based on the company’s track record. If successful, the petition could lower costs in the industry,...

AHPA looks back at the herbal industry in 2017

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AHPA looks back at the herbal industry in 2017

By Michael McGuffin, president, American Herbal Products Association

The herbal industry continued to evolve in 2017 to meet the steadily increasing demand for high quality botanical ingredients in an array of consumer goods from teas and health supplements to personal care products and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Letter to FDA seeks clarity on agency’s resources, enforcement aims

Letter to FDA seeks clarity on agency’s resources, enforcement aims

By Hank Schultz

Three members of Congress have sent a letter to the US Food and Drug Administration requesting specifics on how enforcement funds are allocated. The three lawmakers are among those the Council for Responsible Nutrition has worked closely with on regulatory...

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Supplement trade associations and USADA warn consumers about SARMs

By Stephen Daniells

The dietary supplement industry’s leading trade associations and the US Anti-Doping Agency have voiced their support of the recent FDA actions to protect consumers from body-building products containing Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs) illegally...

AHPA supports NIST in DNA testing program

AHPA supports NIST in DNA testing program

By Hank Schultz

A new government program being facilitated by the American Herbal Products Association will assess the reliability of current DNA techniques for botanical identification.

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