AHPA Initiates New Extract Labeling Requirements

September 20, 2010

In an effort to better formalize herbal extract standards, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA; Silver Spring, MD) announced new guidance and labeling requirements related to extract ratios (e.g. Hoodia gordonii extract 20:1), last month.

In an effort to better formalize herbal extract standards, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA; Silver Spring, MD) announced new guidance and labeling requirements related to extract ratios (e.g. Hoodia gordonii extract 20:1), last month.

AHPA...s board of trustees voted in favor of prohibiting the use of ratios for herbal ingredients that have not been extracted with one or more solvents. The board also voted in language indicating that the first and second numbers in an extraction ratio identify the weight of the starting plant material and the finished extract from that material, respectively. AHPA...s requirements are being recommended to AHPA members and the industry, at large.

While the new trade requirements are not an obligation of AHPA membership, the new policies are officially being amended to AHPA...s Code of Ethics, and should be considered as such by all AHPA members. AHPA states that its members should comply with the new policies for all extract labels no later than September 11.

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