(AUSTIN, Texas, June 17, 2014) A consortium of nonprofit herbal advocacy and research organizations announces the publication of a new e-newsletter, the “Botanical Adulterants Monitor,” the first issue of which is now available here. The publication’s purpose is to provide information related to the prevention and detection of herbal adulteration, quality assurance challenges facing the global botanical products community, and the work of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program, led by the American Botanical Council (ABC), the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP), and the University of Mississippi’s National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR).
The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program was created in 2011 to educate members of the international herbal and dietary supplements industry about botanical ingredient and product adulteration. The program focuses on accidental adulteration that occurs as a result of poor quality control procedures as well as intentional adulteration of plant-based products for financial gain. Now, more than three years since the Program’s creation — and with an ever-increasing number of questions from both the media and the general public about the quality of herbal and botanical medicines — the new “Botanical Adulterants Monitor” is the next logical step in the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program’s growth.
“The purpose of our Program is primarily educational,” said Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of ABC, and founder and director of the Program. “There are numerous publications on new analytical methods, recent regulatory actions, and a wide variety of workshops, seminars, webinars, and other educational resources that relate to botanical ingredient identity, authenticity, and ways that botanical materials and their extracts are accidentally or intentionally adulterated. Such adulteration results in cheapening the end product and reducing the likelihood that consumers will receive the benefits that they are seeking and expecting. The ‘Botanical Adulterants Monitor’ newsletter is a valuable way for people in the botanical community to be informed about new developments in areas related to ensuring the authenticity of botanical materials used in herbal products.”
The editor of the “Botanical Adulterants Monitor” is ABC Chief Science Officer Stefan Gafner, PhD, who joined ABC’s staff in 2013. In his introduction to the first issue, Dr. Gafner states, “Our goal for this newsletter is to provide newly available information on issues surrounding accidental and intentional adulteration — and, to a lesser extent, the equally important problem of contamination — as reported by regulatory agencies or in published studies.
“As such,” he continues, “this newsletter is intended to be a helpful resource for members of industry, scientists at academic institutions interested in authentication of herbal materials and the detection of adulteration, as well as health professionals, herbalists, and other stakeholders.”
Inside each issue of the “Botanical Adulterants Monitor,” readers will find news from the Botanical Adulterants Program, recent regulatory activity by the US Food and Drug Administration and/or regulatory agencies in other countries, publications from other organizations, reviews of recently published analytical methods, and additional resources related to detection and prevention of botanical ingredient adulteration. In keeping with ABC’s mission to provide the public with reliable, science-based herbal education, as well as the mission of the Botanical Adulterants Program, the newsletter will be free-access and available to all interested parties.
“The ‘Botanical Adulterants Monitor’ is an excellent vehicle to keep abreast of the latest news, information, and research on issues of interest to savvy consumers, healthcare professionals, researchers, managers, and technicians relative to the Botanical Adulterants Program,” said ABC Board of Trustees President Steven Foster.
To receive the “Botanical Adulterants Monitor,” members of the public need only visit the ABC website and register to receive the “Monitor” and other communications from the organization.
About the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program
The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program is a consortium of independent nonprofit organizations whose mission relates to education, scientific research, and quality of botanical dietary ingredients and related plant-derived materials and products. The consortium is endorsed and supported by over 125 natural product industry companies, independent analytical laboratories, professional societies, trade associations, accredited institutions of education in natural medicine, law firms, and others – most of which are involved in the production, supply, manufacture, distribution, marketing, analysis, research, and/or education of herbal dietary ingredients and supplements. The Program has published five extensive articles on adulteration-related topics, all available free-access from the Program’s homepage. Companies, organizations, foundations, and/or individuals interested in supporting this program are invited to contact Ms. Denise Meikel, ABC Development Director, at (512) 926-4900, ext. 120, or by email.
Underwriters and Supporters of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program (as of June 3, 2014)*
AdvoCare International L.P.
Agilent Technologies, Inc.
Amway/Nutrilite Health Institute
Artemis International, Inc.
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps
DSM Nutritional Products, Inc.
Enzymatic Therapy, Inc.
Ethical Naturals, Inc.
Eu Yan Sang International
Flavex Naturextrakte GmbH
Gencor Nutrients, Inc.
Herbalife International, Inc.
Indena USA, Inc.
Markan Global Enterprises, Inc.
Martin Bauer, Inc.
Natural Factors Nutritional Products, Inc.
Nature's Sunshine Products
New Chapter, Inc.
The New Frontier Foundation Fund of the
Ningbo Greenhealth Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Nu Skin Enterprises/Pharmanex
Nutritional Laboratories International
Ortho Molecular Products
Pacific Nutritional Inc.
Pathway International Pty Limited
Rainbow Light Nutritional Systems
RFI Ingredients, LLC
Schwabe North America
Standard Process, Inc.
Thorne Research, Inc.
Traditional Medicinals, Inc.
Triarco Industries, Inc.
Weil Lifestyle, LLC
Australian Tea Tree Industry Association (Australia)
Complementary Healthcare Council of Australia
Consumer Healthcare Products Association (US)
Council for Responsible Nutrition (US)
Natural Products Association (US)
United Natural Products Alliance (US)
American Society of Pharmacognosy
Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and
Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute
Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural
Boucher Institute for Naturopathic Medicine
National College of Natural Medicine
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
University of Bridgeport College of
Third-Party Analytical Laboratories
Bent Creek Institute
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Eurofins Scientific Inc.
Flora Research Labs
Tampa Bay Analytical
Holistic Primary Care
Modern Healthcare Practitioner
Natural Foods Merchandiser
Natural Products INSIDER
Nutrition Business Journal
Nutrition Industry Executive
Law Firms & Regulatory Consultants
Greenberg Traurig, LLP (James Prochnow)
Law Office of Holly Bayne, P.C.
Robert Forbes & Associates
Shanghai Research Center for TCM
*By acknowledging the generous support of these companies and organizations, ABC, AHP, and NCNPR are not endorsing any ingredients or products that may be produced or marketed by them.