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SSW education session to spotlight ‘historic’ BAPP SOP

By Stephen Daniells

Stakeholders can learn how to implement the BAPP ‘Burn it, Don’t return it’ SOP to help ensure the integrity of the worldwide supply chain for dietary supplements, foods, OTC drugs, and cosmetics.

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Herbalife’s DNA-based botanical authentication program

By Danielle Masterson

For Herbalife’s Zhengfei Lu, PhD, the importance of botanical authentication goes beyond fulfilling the regulatory requirement on botanical identification– it’s about protecting consumers, ensuring efficacy and supporting sustainable practices.

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BAPP SOP update: Adopters say guidance is moving commerce needle

By Danielle Masterson

The Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) Best Practices Standardized Operating Procedure (SOP) for the Disposal / Destruction of Irreparably Defective Articles (IDAs) is a voluntary standard to remove “irreparably defective” substances that...

‘Warning letter geek’ decodes marketing compliance

‘Warning letter geek’ decodes marketing compliance

By Danielle Masterson

Asa Waldstein is principal of the Supplement Advisory Group and the man behind 'Warning Letter Wednesdays.' His bread and butter is educating companies about the dos and don'ts of marketing.

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BAPP publishes Ginkgo Leaf Extract lab guidance document

By Stephen Daniells

A new publication from the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) will help marketers of ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) leaf extracts products find the best analytical methods to verify this botanical.

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Final Blackstone Labs defendant sentenced

By Danielle Masterson

The last chapter of the Blackstone Labs book has closed, with a Florida man sentenced to 51 months in prison for his role while working at the sports and dietary supplements brand.

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Could elderberry boom carry within it seeds of bust?

By Hank Schultz

The unprecedented growth of elderberry demand carries with it a potential poison pill if dilution produces enough ineffective products that consumer confidence is lost, one supplier maintains.

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Most glutathione brands bought on Amazon pass NOW’s tests

By Hank Schultz

NOW has released its latest round of testing of products sold on Amazon and found that the glutathione supplements it bought were of reasonable quality, though some failures in potency and purity were still observed.

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USP to hold forums on elderberry standards, pyrrolizidine alkaloids

By Stephen Daniells

USP will virtually host two open forums over the next eight days, one covering possible addition standards for elderberry – one of the hottest and most in-demand ingredients of 2020 – and another covering pyrrolizidine alkaloids – toxic compounds that...

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ABC: 2020 saw soaring sales but rising supply and adulteration concerns, too

By By Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council

The year 2020 has been unprecedented in the lives of all people — including those currently involved in the global botanical research communities as well as those involved in global and domestic trade of botanical raw materials, extracts, essential oils,...


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