6 Botanical ingredients at risk of adulteration

September 24, 2019

Ingredient adulteration is never a fun topic to address. It is, however, a real threat to the dietary supplement industry and the reputable actors within it. Analytical testing methods for verifying ingredient purity are continuously refined, and there is an ongoing effort to make these services more affordable for raw material suppliers and product manufacturers. The reality, though, is that there will always be parties looking to gain an unfair advantage and elude common testing methods. Misrepresenting products with cheap alternative ingredients is a threat to industry integrity and can even cause harm to the public.

The Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) was created to educate responsible parties about adulteration risks in the botanical marketplace as well as best practices for avoiding adulterated products and properly validating pure products. BAPP is composed of scientific and industry experts from the American Botanical Council (Austin, TX), the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (Scotts Valley, CA), and the University of Mississippi’s National Center for Natural Products Research. We caught up with BAPP to learn about some of today’s most at-risk ingredients and what companies can do to avoid adulterated product.


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