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

ganizations, websites, and much more. It is intended for an audience of industry members, particularly purchasing agents, quality control directors, laboratory personnel, research and product development personnel, and others who are involved in setting specifications for botanical ingredients employed for the dietary supplement industry and other industries where botanical materials are used.

"My hope is that this article will stimulate increased awareness. There are distinctly different grades or qualities of herbs in commerce and suitable quality standards exist which can help companies to develop appropriate quality specifications that correspond to the intended use of the product, whether a dietary supplement, food, or drug component," said Brinckmann.

About Author Josef Brinckmann
Josef Brinckmann is the Vice-President of Research and Development at Traditional Medicinals Inc., a leading manufacturer of herbal teas, in Sebastopol, California, He is a member of the Dietary Supplements Monographs Expert Committee of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), a member of the Advisory Committee of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP), a consultant on market intelligence for medicinal plants & extracts to the International Trade Centre (ITC) of the United Nations for which he is the editor of its Medicinal Plants & Extracts newsletter, and a member of the Advisory Board of ABC.

About the American Botanical Council
Founded in 1988, the American Botanical Council is a leading international nonprofit organization addressing research and educational issues regarding herbs and medicinal plants. ABC's members include academic researchers and educators; libraries; health professionals and medical institutions; government agencies; members of the herb, dietary supplement, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical industries; journalists; consumers; and others in nearly 70 countries. The organization occupies a historic 2.5
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