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AHPA adopts labeling guidance for alcohol-removed products

The American Herbal Products Association's new labeling guidance urges manufacturers to avoid the alcohol-free label when using ethanol as a solvent.

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has adopted a new labeling guidance for liquid herbal products in which ethanol is used as a solvent.

Manufacturers of liquid herbal products in which ethanol is used as a solvent and is subsequently removed should refrain from labeling their products as alcohol free, unless the manufacturer establishes through appropriate testing that alcohol is not detected in the product, according to the new guideline.  

AHPA instead encourages the use of such terms as alcohol-removed, dealcoholized or nonalcoholic if the product contains less than 0.5 percent ethanol by volume. AHPA also encourages the inclusion of the phrase "contains less than 0.5 percent alcohol by volume" or a significantly similar phrase.

The guidance policy was developed at the recommendation of the Small Business Committee and drafted with support of the Standards Committee. AHPA develops guidance policies to promote responsible commerce in herbal supplements. These policies address a variety of labeling and manufacturing issues and reflect the consensus of AHPA's members and its board of trustees. AHPA encourages its members and non-member companies to adopt these policies to establish consistent and informed trade practices.

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