In December 2021, Nutritional Outlook magazine recognized the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) with its 2021 Best of the Industry award in the “Service Provider” category. The award honors individuals, groups, and organizations whose initiatives set a new standard of excellence and positively influence the natural product, dietary supplement, and food and beverage industries.
BAPP also received Nutritional Outlook’s Best of the Industry award in the “Industry Leader” category in 2016. In an email, Nutritional Outlook Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Grebow explained that the magazine recognized “BAPP in the past but felt it was important to do so again not only to celebrate the organization’s 10th anniversary but also to show how the organization and its importance have grown in the years since.”
The nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) founded BAPP in 2011 as a research and education program to assist members of the US and international botanical industry in authenticating botanical raw materials, extracts, and essential oils, as well as to detect adulteration. The BAPP partnership includes the nonprofit American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP), an independent organization that produces high-quality monographs on herbs used in commerce, and the National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR) at the University of Mississippi, a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-funded Center of Excellence for the analysis of botanical dietary ingredients and the development of appropriate laboratory methods.
In an article announcing the award, Grebow wrote: “There will never not be a need for BAPP.… [I]n 2021, we again salute BAPP’s service for the past decade as a lookout for the botanicals market, the industry, and consumers.”1
Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of ABC and founder and director of BAPP, said: “We are profoundly grateful to Nutritional Outlook for its recognition of the unique and vital research and educational efforts of BAPP. On behalf of all of us at BAPP, including our partners Roy Upton at AHP and Professor Ikhlas Khan at NCNPR, plus all BAPP collaborators, contractors, and underwriters, we truly appreciate the recognition of BAPP’s position and role in the international botanical medicine community: helping ensure that consumers have access to authentic botanical ingredients in their herbal products.”
Stefan Gafner, PhD, chief science officer of ABC and technical director of BAPP, commented: “It is a great honor to receive this award and a testimony to the importance of BAPP. The award is shared with all those who support the program and its efforts to help industry bring products that contain high-quality botanical ingredients to the market.”
- Grebow J. Nutritional Outlook’s 2021 Best of the Industry Awards, Service Provider: Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program. Nutritional Outlook website. December 7, 2021. Available at: www.nutritionaloutlook.com/view/nutritional-outlook-s-2021-best-of-the-industry-awards-service-provider-botanical-adulterants-prevention-program. Accessed January 20, 2022.