The Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (known by its acronym GA, based on its former German name) is the largest international scientific society devoted to medicinal plant research, with members from more than 90 countries. In a letter from GA President Prof. Matthias Hamburger, Ph.D., to Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) and general manager of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program, Dr. Hamburger notified Blumenthal of the GA's decision to endorse the Program.
ABC’s program is run in connection with the American Herbal Pharmacopoia and the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi.
“This is really a plum for us. This is a very highly respected organization,” Blumenthal told NutraIngredients-USA. “This really shows that there is concern about adulteration among experts around the world.”
"In recent years, the use of botanicals has substantially increased worldwide. When purchasing botanicals, consumers assume that herbal materials and products derived from them are of good quality and that these products can be safely used. However, adulteration of botanicals is a serious and growing problem,” said Dr Hamburger, who is a professor of pharmaceutical biology in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Basel in Switzerland.
“Unfortunately, the risks involved with intake of adulterated products are largely unknown to consumers, and the awareness of actors in the field is insufficient. We are acutely aware of the problems related to adulterated herbal products and the need to address this problem of global concern," he said.
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