(AUSTIN, Texas, December 9, 2016) Nutritional Outlook magazine recognized the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program as an “Industry Leader” in its “Best of the Industry 2016” awards, lauding the program for its “industry-advancing contributions” against accidental and intentional adulteration of botanical products. Nutritional Outlook further praised the timeliness of the information the program provides, as well as its breadth and depth due to the multiple publications, including the Botanical Adulterants Monitor newsletter, the Botanical Adulterants Bulletins, and the Laboratory Guidance Documents.
The addition of peer-reviewed Botanical Adulterants Bulletins in 2016 received special mention. “These concise (but still information-packed) reviews of ingredient-specific botanical adulteration are not as in-depth as full-scale Botanical Adulteration Reports [published in HerbalGram], but are still jam-packed with crucial information,” wrote Jennifer Grebow, editor-in-chief of Nutritional Outlook, in the announcement. Though the program is a coalition of nonprofit organizations and is not a member of the industry per se, it seeks to make available information about botanical adulteration and its detection to stakeholders, which include dietary supplement manufacturers, contract laboratories, and others along the botanical supply chain.
“All of us who work in the Botanical Adulterants Program are deeply grateful to our friends at Nutritional Outlook for deeming our efforts worthy of recognition,” said Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of ABC and director of the Botanical Adulterants Program. “It is through such high-profile coverage in the herb, dietary supplement, and natural products industries that we will continue to be successful in our objectives of educating industry members about the presence of adulterated botanical materials and how to detect and avoid it. Our publications are used by many industry members when developing specifications for their botanical ingredients to help ensure high-quality products for consumers.”
More about the selection of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program as Best of the Industry 2016 is available here.