Trade and consumer organizations

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ALANUR is the first regional association of food supplements in Latin America. It was founded in 2011 with the aim of helping to create an optimal regulatory framework that ensures the responsible access of food supplements and ingredients in Latin America. Together with leading companies of food supplements and ingredients, government and scientific bodies, and authorities, ALANUR works for: Promoting the flow of regulatory, scientific and policy information, new developments and best practices; organizing national and regional events; and coordinating the activities that are part of its work program, which is focused on security and quality of functional ingredients, the use of health and nutrition claims and the development of efficient systems for the responsible access of food supplements in Latin America.

The American Botanical Council (ABC) is an independent, nonprofit research and education organization founded in 1988 and dedicated to helping people live healthier lives through the responsible use of herbs and medicinal plants. The organization provides accurate, reliable and up-to-date information about the use of herbs based on modern science and traditional wisdom for consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, industry and the media. Its publications are extensively peer-reviewed, and include a vast selection of periodicals, books, monographs, safety reviews, continuing education materials, searchable online databases, and more. ABC works through its Media Education program to respond to inaccuracies and misrepresentations in the media and provide proactive, science-based information about herbal medicine. ABC along with the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) and the National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR) has also formed the Botanical Adulterants Program (BAP), an international consortium of nonprofit organizations, analytical laboratories, industry members, professional scientists, and others that advises industry, researchers, health professionals, and the public about the various challenges related to adulterated herb and botanical ingredients sold in commerce.

American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the only national trade association that is focused primarily on herbs and botanicals and herbal products. All of AHPA’s activities are focused on its mission, which is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products and to maintain and improve market opportunities for companies that sell herbs, herbal and botanical products, and other health-related items, including foods, beverages, dietary supplements, and personal care products. The group also works to ensure that consumers continue to enjoy informed access to a wide choice of goods. Founded in 1982, AHPA is the oldest of the non-profit organizations that specializes in service to the herbal industry. It is the voice of the herbal products industry and the recognized leader in representing the botanical trade. With more than 300 members, AHPA represents the finest growers, processors, manufacturers, and marketers of botanical and herbal products.

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a national non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. CFS also educates consumers concerning the definition of organic food and products. The organization uses legal actions, groundbreaking scientific and policy reports, books and other educational materials, market pressure and grass roots campaigns through its True Food Network. CFS's successful legal cases collectively represent a landmark body of case law on food and agricultural issues.

Citizens for Health is a diverse consumer organization, which supports the belief that citizens/consumers must have access to natural health choices — choices other than therapeutic drugs, surgery and radiation — that offer significant opportunities to maintain sound health. Natural health therapies can reduce costs and virtually eliminate dangerous, expensive side effects, promote healthy citizens and a healthy economy. The group’s fundamental intention is to bring these constituents together, increase their numbers, and make their collective voices louder than ever — politically, economically and culturally. CFH’s goal is to create a seat at the table in the national health care policy debate for the natural health constituencies.

For more than 133 years, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) has served as an effective and vital advocate for the consumer healthcare products industry. CHPA represents the leading manufacturers and marketers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and dietary supplements. Its members' products provide millions of Americans with safe, effective, and affordable therapies to treat and prevent many common ailments and diseases. CHPA is committed to promoting the increasingly vital role of OTCs and dietary supplements in America's healthcare system through science, education, and advocacy. The association provides leadership and guidance on regulatory and scientific issues to Congress; state legislatures; and federal, state, and international government agencies. CHPA shares educational tools and information with partners across the globe to ensure the safe and responsible use of OTC medicines.

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973 and based in Washington, D.C., is a leading trade association representing dietary supplement and functional food manufacturers and ingredient suppliers. CRN companies produce a large portion of the dietary supplements marketed in the United States and globally. Its member companies manufacture popular national brands as well as the store brands marketed by major supermarkets, drug stores and discount chains. These products also include those marketed through natural food stores and mainstream direct selling companies. CRN represents more than 100 companies that manufacture dietary ingredients or supply services to those suppliers and manufacturers. Our member companies are expected to comply with a host of federal and state regulations governing dietary supplements in the areas of manufacturing, marketing, quality control and safety. Our supplier and manufacturer member companies also agree to adhere to additional voluntary guidelines as well as to CRN’s Code of Ethics.

The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Our mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. EWG drives consumer choice and civic action with its game-changing investigations and research on toxics and environmental health, food and agriculture, and water and energy. For two decades, EWG’s groundbreaking research has changed the debate over environmental health. From households to Capitol Hill, EWG’s team of scientists, policy experts, lawyers, communication experts and programmers has worked tirelessly to make sure someone is standing up for public health when government or industry won’t.

The European Federation of Associations of Health Products Manufacturers (EHPM) was created in 1975 and represents approximately 1,664 health-product manufacturers in 12 European countries. Through its member associations, the group aims to provide consumers with safe, science-based, high quality products as well as accurate and helpful information about their nutritional value and use. A central goal of EHPM over the last decade has been to ensure the development of an appropriate and balanced regulatory framework for the marketing of food supplements.EHPM members believe that “appropriate EU legislation for food supplements must be developed to prevent barriers to trade and ensure consumer choice."

The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED) is a 501(c) 6 not-for profit trade association. Its goals are to increase consumption of omega-3s to adequate levels around the world and to ensure that the industry is producing quality omega-3 products that consumers can trust. Founded in 2006, the roots of GOED go back to 2000 when the industry collaborated to petition the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to establish a heart disease risk reduction claim for omega-3s. As of early 2013, GOED has approximately 150 members from around the globe and in all segments of the omega-3 supply chain. The group supports members who are committed to responsibly developing, sustaining and expanding markets for EPA & DHA omega-3s, while promoting health benefits, supporting public education and safety, establishing ethical business and product quality standards, and advancing government, healthcare and industry relations.

IADSA is the leading international expert association regarding the globalization of food supplement markets and increasing regulatory challenges. Bringing together food supplement associations from six continents, IADSA aims to build an international platform for debate and a sound legislative and political environment for the development of the food supplement sector worldwide.

Since 1972, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)has occupied an unchallenged position as the only international umbrella organization of the organic world, uniting an enormous diversity of stakeholders contributing to the organic vision. IFOAM implements the will of its broad-based constituency, close to 800 affiliates in more than 100 countries, in a fair, inclusive and participatory manner. The IFOAM Action Network comprises self-organized IFOAM regional and sector groups and daughter organizations, as well as a World Board originating from all continents. Day-by-day, IFOAM is taking the world a step closer to the mainstream uptake of Organic Agriculture.

The Just Label It campaign was created to advocate for the labeling of GE foods. It began by supporting a legal petition calling for mandatory labeling of GE foodswritten by attorneys at the Center for Food Safety, and submitted in September 2011 to the FDA. The petition was created on the premise that people have a right to know what is in their food, and to give consumers not only a voice, but a choice in how they can take action. Since then, hundreds of partner organizations representing the healthcare community, consumer advocates, farmers, concerned parents, environmentalists, food and farming organizations, businesses, the faith-based community, and many more concerned with protecting the consumer’s right to know have joined together in support of the FDA petition and the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. To date, the FDA petition has received over 1.2 million signatures. Just Label It hopes to continue raising awareness of this issue and letting Washington know that Americans want labeling of genetically engineered foods.

As a leading voice of the natural products industry for more than75 years, theNatural Products Association's mission is to advocate for the rights of consumers to have access to products that will maintain and improve their health, and for the rights of retailers and suppliers to sell these products. The association strives to achieve a broader, more accessible marketplace for natural products that will improve the quality of life for consumers worldwide.

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c) 3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability founded in 1998. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. It is the only organization in the U.S. focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers. The OCA represents over 2,000,000 members, subscribers, supporters and volunteers, including several thousand businesses in the natural foods and organic marketplace. Its U.S. and international policy board is broadly representative of the organic, family farm, environmental, and public interest community.

The Organic and Natural Health Alliance is an independent organization that aims to serve as a reliable and transparent resource for safe and high-quality organic and natural brands for consumers. The group is composed of a diverse but balanced mix of businesses and non-profit consumer groups that are united by one objective: to uplift the level of health of Americans by giving them easy access to safe and wholesome foods and products. Launched in October 2014, ONHA is the industry’s newest trade organization born with the specific mission to create a practical definition for the term ‘natural’ as it faces increasing scrutiny by corporate lawyers and concerns that the U.S. Congress may step in to create a definition of ‘natural’ that would include GMOs. Bringing businesses and consumer groups together, the Organic and Natural Health Association is dedicated to: Safeguarding access to organic and natural products; ensuring consumers have truthful information about the products they buy every day; supporting health outcomes research; and fostering a robust organic and natural marketplace.

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America. Founded in 1985, OTA is the leading voice for organic agriculture and trade in the United States, representing over 6,500 businesses across 49 states. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers, and others. Organic products represented include organic foods, ingredients and beverages, as well as organic fibers, personal care products, pet foods, nutritional supplements, household cleaners and flowers. Its mission is to promote and protect organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public, and the economy. OTA’s member organic businesses work together through networking, advocacy, and other initiatives to encourage and protect organic farming practices, and to share messages about the positive environmental and nutritional attributes of organic products with consumers, the media, and policymakers.

U.S. Right to Know is a new nonprofit organization, working to support transparency from the food industry and in politics to help build a better, healthier food system. The group does research and communications on the failures of the corporate food system, unearths how big food companies buy political influence and stands up for the right to know what is in food, and how it affects our health. U.S. Right to Know believes that transparency – in the marketplace and in politics – is crucial to building a better, healthier food system.