AHPA Revises Guidelines for Cleanliness and Metal Policies

September 21, 2010

The American Herbal Products Association...s (AHPA; Silver Spring, MD) board of trustees recently accepted revisions for the association...s guidelines for policies on microorganisms and mycotoxins, and heavy metals. The established guidelines serve as AHPA standards for responsible trade of herbal supplements to benefit the industry and its consumers. AHPA urges companies to submit information on any ingredients that exceed substance limits outlined in the AHPA in order to ultimately meet those limits.

The American Herbal Products Association...s (AHPA; Silver Spring, MD) board of trustees recently accepted revisions for the association...s guidelines for policies on microorganisms and mycotoxins, and heavy metals. The established guidelines serve as AHPA standards for responsible trade of herbal supplements to benefit the industry and its consumers.

AHPA urges companies to submit information on any ingredients that exceed substance limits outlined in the AHPA in order to ultimately meet those limits.

'The new guidance policies are based on a careful review of microbial and other limits established by governments and organizations across the world,' said AHPA president Michael McGuffin. 'AHPA...s limits prioritize consumer safety while remaining sensitive to industry needs '“ a strategy that promotes both compliance and safety.'

AHPA...s complete guidelines can be viewed here: www.ahpa.org/Portals/0/2009/09_1118_Guidance_Policies.pdf

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