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Industry takes stand against botanical adulteration – audio report

Botanical adulteration predates the natural products industry, and the schemes of its offenders are outpacing some well-established safeguards. But stoic self-regulatory efforts are giving industry the upper hand.

From issues with ginseng in the early 1970s to modern-day concerns with ingredients such as ginkgo biloba, bilberry and saw palmetto, the natural products industry is no stranger to botanical adulteration. In this audio report, thought leaders from two nonprofits—one a national trade association, and the other a research and education organization—along with a global ingredient supplier, discuss advancements in the effort to ensure botanical authentication for safe, effective products.

INSIDER’s Karen Butler, a senior editor, narrates the discussion among Mark Blumenthal of the American Botanical Council (ABC) and ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP); Holly Johnson, Ph.D., of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA); and Margaret Dohnalek, Ph.D., of Valensa International.

Key points include:

• Examples of common botanicals at risk for adulteration

• FDA regulatory requirements and modern-day challenges surrounding ingredient identity

• Tips and industry resources available to help authenticate and elevate herbals

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