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New Resource Provides Herb Industry With Sources of Quality Specifications
Date:11/10/2011

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Botanical Council (ABC) announces its publication of a new quality specifications resource that assists the herb industry in matching the various existing quality standards for botanical ingredients with their intended uses in foods, dietary supplements, and medicines.(1)

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In a detailed and thorough review of the myriad standards for botanical ingredients, ABC Advisory Board member Josef Brinckmann provides examples of quality and labeling standards for various botanicals. He quantifies differences in the "composition, purity, quality, and strength" of commercially-traded ingredients, while providing links to specific monographs and compendia that contain various specifications for botanical quality. With an increasingly complex system of criteria and qualifications, this article serves as a resource for manufacturers and any others concerned with botanical quality. The article appears in the Fall 2011 issue of HerbalGram (#91).

"Botanicals often have multiple end uses and purposes, and each could necessitate a different quality standard in order to deliver the intended effect of the product and/or to comply with regulatory requirements," Brinckmann writes in the article.

The safety and efficacy of certain botanical ingredients depend on consistent replication of the product. "Reproducible results, whether they affect sensory satisfaction or relief of symptoms, are intrinsically linked to consistent and reproducible quality," the article says.

"As a prerequisite of reproducible efficacy, an herbal product manufacturer can define the effective quality of an ingredient as accurately and as narrowly as possible
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