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Dear Reader

The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program has been given the ‘Industry Leader’ award as part of the ‘Best of Industry 2016’ recognition by one of the leading trade publications in the United States, Nutritional Outlook, for its efforts to fight herbal ingredient adulteration. According to Jennifer Grebow, Nutritional Outlook’s editor-in-chief, the Program’s “positive effects are not only felt within the industry, but also where it matters most – consumer health and safety.”1 All of us who work for the Program are grateful to see our efforts recognized, but also to hear that what we do has a positive impact on the quality of herbal supplements on the market.


  Stefan Gafner, PhD
Chief Science Officer, ABC
Technical Director, ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program

ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program

Recent News 

New Bulletins Highlight Grapefruit Seed Extract, St. John’s Wort and Saw Palmetto Adulteration Issues 

The sale of synthetic antimicrobial compounds labeled as grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) seed extract (GFSE), first reported in 1991, has been reviewed and summarized in a full paper in HerbalGram in 2012. 

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Nutritional Outlook Names Botanical Adulterants Program ‘Best of Industry’ for 2016 

The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program was recognized by Nutritional Outlook, one of the leading industry trade publications in the United States, as “Industry Leader” in its “Best of Industry 2016” awards. 

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ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program Welcomes New Supporters and Underwriters 

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Regulatory Alerts

Herbal Tea Mixture with Echinacea Found to Contain Atropine and Scopolamine 

On September 20, 2016, Simon G. Brandler, Senior Advisor & Special Counsel to New York state Attorney General (NY AG) Eric T. Schneiderman, and Steven Cahillane, CEO of NBTY ... 

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Industry Alerts

Criteria to Detect Adulteration of Asian Ginseng Published by Network Nutrition 

As part of a routine exercise, the research team from Network Nutrition/IMCD, a supplier of botanical ingredients based in Bella Vista, NSW, Australia, collected 12 commercial samples ... 

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Upcoming Events

Below are descriptions and links to some of the upcoming conferences, seminars, and workshops that may be of interest to learn more on adulteration.

58th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP) MORE


Previous Issues of “Botanical Adulterants Monitor”

Available here.

Science Update

Adulteration of Botanical Raw Materials in India, Part 1: An Estimation of Herbal Product Adulteration Based on Identity Determination of 93 Commercial Materials Using DNA Barcoding

Shanmughanandhan D, Ragupathy S, Newmaster SG, Mohanasundaram S, Sathishkumar R. Estimating herbal product authentication and adulteration in India using a vouchered, DNA-based biological reference material library. Drug Safety. 2016;39(12):1211-1227.

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Adulteration of Botanical Raw Materials in India, Part 2: identity Determination of 112 Commercial Herbal Raw Materials Using DNA Barcoding

Stalin N, Vassou SL, Sundar P, Raju B, Madasamy P. Identification of species adulteration in traded medicinal plant raw drugs using DNA barcoding. Genome. 2016;60(2):139-146.

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Antibacterial Activity-Guided Fractionation of Kimchi Fermentate Finds Salicylic Acid and Didecyldimethylammonium Bromide as Active

Li J, Chaytor JL, Findlay B, McMullen ML, Smith DC, Vederas JC. Identification of didecyldimethylammonium salts and salicylic acid as antimicrobial compounds in commercial fermented radish Kimchi. J Agric Food Chem. 2015;63(11):3053–3058.

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Investigation into the Authenticity of Commercial Mace Spice Products Sold in a Local Market in India

Swetha VP, Parvathy VA, Sheeja TE, Sasikumar B. Authentication of Myristica fragrans Houtt. using DNA barcoding. Food Control. 2017;73(B):1010-1015.

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Investigation into the Authenticity of Cinnamon Materials Sold as Medicinal Products in Korea

Reviewed: Doh EJ, Kim JH, Oh SE, Lee G. Identification and monitoring of Korean medicines derived from Cinnamomum spp. by using ITS and DNA marker. Genes Genom. 2017;39:101-109.



Useful Links and Resources

For more information and updates on the work of the three partner organizations of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program, please visit ABC at www.herbalgram.org, AHP at www.herbal-ahp.org, and NCNPR at www.pharmacy.olemiss.edu/ncnpr.

Other Helpful Resources and Links

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About the

The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program is a consortium of independent nonprofit organizations whose mission relates to education, scientific research, and quality of botanical dietary ingredients and related plant-derived materials. The consortium is headed by three nonprofit groups dealing with education and research on medicinal herbs and other beneficial plants: the American Botanical Council, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, and the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi. The program is underwritten or endorsed by more than 130 natural products industry companies, independent analytical laboratories, contract research organizations, nonprofit and professional organizations, trade associations, accredited institutions of education in natural medicine, law firms, and media companies that are involved in the production, supply, manufacture, distribution, marketing, analysis, research, and/or education of herbal dietary ingredients and supplements, in the United States and internationally. All publications of the Program are available free-access on its homepage including the “Botanical Adulterants Monitor,” an e-newsletter that conveys Program news, regulatory updates, and recent scientific publications related to adulteration, contamination, identity, and authenticity of botanical raw materials, extracts, and essential oils. Companies, organizations, foundations, and/or individuals interested in supporting this program are invited to contact Ms. Denise Meikel, ABC Development Director, at (512) 926-4900, ext. 120, or by email.


Thank You to Our Supporters

Underwriters and Supporters of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program (as of April 7, 2017)*

*By acknowledging the generous support of these companies and organizations, ABC, AHP, and NCNPR are not endorsing any ingredients or products that may be produced or marketed by them.

Financial Underwriters

21st Century Healthcare

AdvoCare International L.P.

Agilent Technologies, Inc.

Aloecorp, Inc.

Amen Clinics

Amway/Nutrilite Health Institute

Artemis International, Inc.

Atrium Innovations

Aveda Corporation

Beachbody, LLC

BI Nutraceuticals


Bionorica SE


Botanical Liaisons

Bruker BioSpin


Cepham, Inc.

Chemi Nutra

CNCA Health

Complete Phytochemical Solutions

Crila Health

dicentra, Inc.

Doctor’s Best

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

DolCas Biotech, LLC

Douglas Laboratories

Draco Natural Products

Emerson Ecologics

Enzymatic Therapy, Inc.

Ethical Naturals, Inc.

Eu Yan Sang International




Flavex Naturextrakte GmbH


Fruit d'Or

Gaia Herbs

GE Nutrients, Inc.

Global Health Industries

GNC, Inc.

Healthy Lifestyle Brands, LLC

Helios Corp.

Herb Pharm

Herbalife International, Inc.

Horphag Research


Indena USA, Inc.

Indfrag Limited

Ingredient Identity

Ixoreal Biomed, Inc.

Jarrow Formulas

Layn USA, Inc.


Markan Global Enterprises, Inc.

Martin Bauer, Inc.

MediHerb / Integria Healthcare

Metagenics, Inc.

Financial Underwriters

Natreon, Inc.

Natural Alternatives International, Inc.

Natural Factors Nutritional Products, Inc.
   /Bioclinic Naturals

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

Natural Remedies Pvt. Ltd.

Nature's Sunshine Products

Nature's Way


Naturex, Inc.

NBTY, Inc.

New Chapter, Inc.

The New Frontier Foundation Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation

Ningbo Greenhealth Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Novel Ingredients

NOW Foods

Nu Skin Enterprises/Pharmanex

Nutraceuticals Corp.

Organic India

Ortho Molecular Products

Pacific Nutritional Inc.

Paragon Laboratories

Pathway International Pty Limited

Perrigo Company

Pharmatoka SAS

Pharmavite, LLC

Phoenix Formulations

PLT Health Solutions, Inc.

Polyphenolics, Division of Constellation Brands, Inc.

Pure Encapsulations

Rainbow Light Nutritional Systems

RFI Ingredients, LLC

Rosenbush and Zimmerman Family Fund

Sabinsa Corporation

Schwabe North America


SFI Flordis

Shaklee Corp.

Standard Process, Inc.

Strategic Sourcing, Inc.

Thorne Research, Inc.

Tishcon Corp.

Traditional Medicinals, Inc.

TSI Group


Univera, Inc.

Valensa International

V.D.F. FutureCeuticals

Verdure Sciences

Vitamin Shoppe

VitaQuest International

Whole Foods Market

Trade Associations

American Herbal Products Association (US)

Australian Self Medication Industry (Australia)

Australian Tea Tree Industry Association (Australia)

British Herbal Medicine Association (UK)

Canadian Health Food Association (Canada)

Complementary Medicines Australia (Australia)

Consumer Healthcare Products Association (US)

Council for Responsible Nutrition (US)

International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA)

National Animal Supplement Council (US)

Natural Products Association (US)

Natural Products New Zealand (NZ)

United Natural Products Alliance (US)

Nonprofit/Professional Associations

Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

American Herbalists Guild

American Society of Pharmacognosy

AOAC International

Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the United States
Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium

Irish Register of Herbalists (IRE)

National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK)

Natural Health Products Research Society of Canada (NHPRS Canada)

Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute

Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA)


Bastyr University

Boucher Institute for Naturopathic Medicine

Center for Natural Products Technologies, College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois-Chicago

Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Chinese Medicine

National College of Natural Medicine

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine
Third-Party Analytical Laboratories

Alkemist Labs

AuthenTechnologies LLC

Bent Creek Institute

BotaniCert (France)

British Columbia Institute of Technology


Covance Laboratories

Creative Accord, LLC

Eurofins Scientific Inc.

Flora Research Labs

NSF International

PhytoLab (Germany)

Spectrix Labs

Tampa Bay Analytical


Alive Publishing Group

Delicious Living


Holistic Primary Care

Informa Exhibitions US

Integrator Blog

Media Relations, Inc.

Modern Healthcare Practitioner

Natural Foods Merchandiser

Natural Medicine Journal

Natural Products INSIDER


Nutraceuticals World


Nutrition Business Journal

Nutrition Industry Executive

Nutritional Outlook

Vitamin Retailer

WholeFoods Magazine


Law Firms & Regulatory Consultants

Amin Talati & Upadhye, LLC

Greenberg Traurig, LLP (James Prochnow)

Law Office of Holly Bayne, P.C.

Robert Forbes & Associates

Susan Brienza, LLC

Ullman, Shapiro & Ullman, LLP

Contract Research Organizations

KGK Synergize


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