ABC's Blumenthal wins ethnopharmacology award

ABC's Blumenthal wins ethnopharmacology award

By Hank Schultz

Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council has added to his list of awards and accolades with a recognition from an Indian group.

BMG's Birmingham operation is believed to be closed but its website (pictured) remains active as of today

Firm goes to ground; nature of poisoning unknown

Police investigating arsenic poisoning in UK herbal supplement case


The UK medicines agency has joined West Yorkshire police in investigating an arsenic poisoning case that has been linked to an impotence herbal supplement sold via the UK arm of an Indian firm.

Balancing functionality of botanical ingredients against cost and availability concerns isn't easy, experts say.

Knowledge base of herbal products sector is waning, pioneer fears

By Hank Schultz

As the herbal products industry develops the question arises of whether some of the knowledge that drove the initial spate of creativity in the pre- and post-DSHEA period is being lost as founders retire. At least one industry pioneer fears that is the...

Ginkgo: One of five herbs that needs to improve safety messaging, according to researchers

Study questions herbal safety messaging for 75% of products

By Shane Starling

A UK study has found 75% of a sample of marquee herbal products in the UK do not contain safety information about documented side-effects – at least before May’s introduction of the European Union Herbal Directive.

The ANH wants to see the THMPD in court over the treatment of herbal products in the EU

NGO set to file THMPD legal challenge by end of March

By Ben Bouckley

Non-governmental organisation ANH-International is set to file its legal challenge to the controversial Traditional Herbal Medicines Product Directive (THMPD) at the High Court in London by the end of March, NutraIngredients.com has learnt.

News briefs: ABC, CRN and DSEA

News briefs: ABC, CRN and DSEA

By Lorraine Heller

In the first in a series of news briefs, NutraIngredients-USA.com
reports on new memberships and appointments at the American
Botanical Council, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, and the
Dietary Supplement Education Alliance.

Date set for first HerbDay

Date set for first HerbDay

By Jess Halliday

Almost a year has gone by since the idea of HerbDay was mooted at
Natural Products Expo West. But now a date has been set - October
14 2006 - the coalition behind the event is inviting participation
from herbal industry members and...

Scots to cultivate arnica

Scots to cultivate arnica

The herbal plant arnica, used in creams to stop bruising and
thought to have anti-inflammatory properties, could one day be
grown for commercial use in the Scottish Highlands, creating a new
supply of the plant that is declining rapidly...

Kava banned in UK

Kava banned in UK

The popular herbal remedy kava, commonly used to treat stress and
anxiety, has been banned in the UK by the Medicines Control Agency
(MCA) following concerns that it can lead to liver poisoning. The
UK previously issued a voluntary...


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