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June 3, 2006

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AHPA Foundation Board Named

(Silver Spring, MD, June 2, 2006) -- The Board of Directors of the AHPA Foundation for Education & Research on Botanicals has been appointed. The AHPA Foundation is the non-profit educational arm of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). The AHPA Board appointed the Foundation Board:

David Bunting (Vitality Works)
Ed Croom, PhD (Indena USA, Inc.)
Bill Keller, PhD (Nature’s Sunshine Products)
Jim Kinsinger, (the Hain Celestial Group)
Beth Lambert (Herbalist & Alchemist)
Michael McGuffin (AHPA)
James Simon, PhD (New Use Agriculture & Natural Plant Products Program, Rutgers)
Susan Trimbo, PhD (GNC)
Mary Beth Watkins, (Botanical Laboratories)

“The AHPA Foundation is an idea whose time has come, as there is so much work to be done to further botanical research and education,” said Lambert, the Foundation's chair. “We will seek out a variety of funding sources, from tax-deductible donations to grant applications, to support this work.”

The AHPA Foundation is a nonprofit corporation chartered under the laws of the State of Maryland and under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its purpose is to promote education and research on medicinal, therapeutic, and health-promoting herbs.

The current primary project of the Foundation is, completing the fund-raising for the update and revision of AHPA’s Botanical Safety Handbook, published in 1997. Research for the project is already being carried out at the University of Massachusetts. The Foundation also plans to publish a book on conservation of Chinese medicinal plant and animal species entitled Mending the Web of Life: Chinese Medicine and Species Conservation, written by Elizabeth Call and edited by Mary Maruca.

For more information about the Foundation or to discuss supporting its efforts, contact any of the Foundation board members listed above.


The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) represents the core of the botanical trade -- comprised of the finest growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbal products -- AHPA’s mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products. AHPA committees generate self-regulations to ensure the highest level of quality with respect to the way herbs are manufactured, labeled, and sold. Website: www.ahpa.org.

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