The American Herbal Products Association recently adopted and published AHPA’s Fungi Product Labeling Guidance. The labeling guidance becomes effective March 9, 2019, though marketers may choose to apply the labeling guidance at any time.
KnowledgeBank’s view: Trade organizations will increasingly provide labeling guidance. Trade groups do this for many reasons: to strengthen their industry, promote good practices such providing transparent information to the consumer and – last but not least – head-off imposed regulation. We can expect more guidance from existing and emerging trade organizations.
AHPA’s announcment: The guidance provides information to assist in compliance with current label regulations by including the common or usual name and the parts or stages of each fungi ingredient, and by listing ingredients in order of predominance by weight. In addition, under the guidance if the word “mushroom” appears on the label’s principal display panel, other than in the marketer’s company name, the parts of the fungal dietary ingredients in the product are voluntarily identified, e.g. “mushroom mycelium,” “mushroom spore.”