tural Products Research, with more than 100 other American and international parties supporting and cooperating with the Program.
According to Dr. Hamburger, professor of pharmaceutical biology in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Basel
, "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. Unfortunately, the risks involved with intake of adulterated products are largely unknown to consumers, and the awareness of actors in the field is insufficient."
He continued, "We are acutely aware of the problems related to adulterated herbal products and the need to address this problem of global concern."
"The GA's endorsement of this Program is a significant development and very much in line with the aims of GA, namely to contribute to the advancement of research and science in the field of medicinal plants and phytotherapy (the medicinal use of botanically-based preparations), and to cooperate with organizations pursuing similar aims," said Rudolf Bauer, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacognosy at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Graz in Austria, and past-president of the GA.
"Adulteration of herbal materials and products is a serious problem," he continued. "It not only jeopardizes consumers, but it also challenges research and credibility of phytotherapy. In a globally growing market, international efforts are needed to combat this malpractice. Therefore, I am very happy, that all leading organizations in the field are now joining forces in order to raise awareness and to overcome thi
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