"Botanical Adulteration, Counterfeiting, and Fraud in the Global Marketplace"
As the global market for herbal medicines and supplements has increased, so have confirmed reports of undisclosed lower-cost ingredients being added to botanical raw materials, extracts, essential oils, and finished botanical-based consumer products. These reports include cases of accidental misidentification of botanical materials due to human error, but also cases of intentional adulteration (also referred to as economically-motivated adulteration), where raw materials are substituted or diluted with undisclosed lower-quality ingredients for financial gain of the seller. This poses a significant challenge to the global botanical medicine marketplace and, in some cases, impacts consumer safety.
Mark Blumenthal is the Founder and Executive Director of the American Botanical Council (ABC), an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to disseminating accurate, reliable, and responsible information on herbs and medicinal plants. He is the Editor/Publisher of HerbalGram, an international, peer-reviewed quarterly journal, the contents of which reflect the educational goals of ABC. For six years he was an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy, teaching a course on herbal products in today’s pharmacy. Mark has served as Co-Founder and former Vice-President of the Herb Research Foundation (HRF) and President of the Herb Trade Association, the former organization that represented the interest of the herb industry in the 1970s. He was also a founding board member of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA).
He is the senior editor of the English translation of The Complete German Commission E Monographs—Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines, a rational system for evaluating the safety and efficacy of herbal medicines. This publication was ranked second of the medical books published in 1998. Mark is the senior editor of The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs, a reference work and former continuing education module. Mark is a sought-after and frequent speaker and/or panelist at conferences.
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