CRN Praises American Botanical Council’s Endorsement of the Supplement OWL—Commends ABC’s Interest in Improving Industry Accountability

Washington, D.C., April 3, 2017In response to the American Botanical Council’s (ABC) endorsement of the Supplement OWL (Online Wellness Library), the dietary supplement product registry, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, today issued the following statement:

Statement by Steve Mister, president and CEO, CRN:

“Today the American Botanical Council (ABC) stepped forward to endorse the Supplement OWL, encouraging its members who manufacture botanical and other dietary supplements to submit their product labels for inclusion in this new, industry-wide product registry. CRN appreciates ABC’s recognition that the Supplement OWL will increase industry accountability and transparency and will serve as an important resource for a variety of stakeholders, including regulators.

ABC has an impressive history of executing and supporting educational initiatives designed to raise the bar for botanical products in the dietary supplement industry, including its work on a botanical adulterants program, a research and education consortium designed to increase quality and transparency in the herbal and natural products industry. We are gratified to know that ABC’s commitment to reducing mislabeling and the potential use of fraudulent ingredients in botanical dietary supplements extends to its endorsement of the Supplement OWL.

In making its case for the importance of the Supplement OWL, ABC has taken a vital step toward helping the dietary supplement industry create a richer, fuller picture of the breadth and scope of the industry for regulators, retailers, and others who have an interest in our industry’s products. We encourage all companies in the dietary supplement industry to take notice of ABC’s leadership in this effort.”

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About CRN

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing 150+ dietary supplement and functional food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, and companies providing services to those manufacturers and suppliers. In addition to complying with a host of federal and state regulations governing dietary supplements and food in the areas of manufacturing, marketing, quality control and safety, our manufacturer and supplier members also agree to adhere to additional voluntary guidelines as well as to CRN’s Code of Ethics. Visit Follow us on Twitter @crn_supplements and @wannabewell and on Facebook.

About ABC

Established in 1988, the American Botanical Council (ABC) is the leading independent, nonprofit, international member-based organization providing education using science-based and traditional information to promote the responsible use of herbal medicine. ABC serves the public, researchers, educators, healthcare professionals, industry and media, and has been a highly respected source and an innovative force for many years. Membership and support for individual programs provide the resources to keep serving the needs of an ever-increasing service population.