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Organic & Natural Health Association Names New Leadership

Last updated on June 13th, 2024 at 05:22 pm

Organic & Natural Health Association, which formed a year ago, has a new board of directors.

“We recognize that we are advocating for the highest level of standards and transparency for the industry and that there are some who may not feel ready for this level of scrutiny,” said Karen Howard, CEO and executive director of Organic & Natural. “Our leadership and membership is comprised of first-rate companies and consumer organizations that understand we have to put the integrity of the industry first as part of a long-term strategy. It’s the only way we will ultimately win consumer trust and loyalty.”

In addition to Howard, board leadership for Organic & Natural includes: Steve Rye, CEO of Mercola Health Resources; Alan Lewis, director of food and agriculture policy at Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage; Todd Norton, VP of business development at Aker BioMarine; Reid Tracy, president and CEO of Hay House Inc.; Dan Lifton, CEO of Quality of Life Labs; Chris Holland, VP of sales and marketing for Beijing Gingko Group North America (BGG); and Patrick Sullivan Jr., president and co-founder of Jigsaw Health.

Organic & Natural’s founding members include: Aker BioMarine, American Nutrition Association, BGG, Capsugel, Dr. Mercola Premium Supplements, Hay House Inc., International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), Jigsaw Health, Organic Consumers Association, Quality of Life Labs, RFI Ingredients and Venable LLP.

In April, Organic & Natural was the first industry trade organization to meet with the New York Attorney General’s office regarding the investigation into the herbal supplement industry. Organic & Natural also filed a citizen petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in May, requesting the FDA amend current regulation in order to bring raw material manufacturers under and to clarify the private-label distributors’ obligations under those standards.

The New York Attorney General’s office reinforced Organic & Natural’s citizen petition by including portions of it in its own letter to the FDA urging the agency to immediately enhance its oversight of the dietary supplement industry by reforming its Dietary Supplement Current Good Manufacturing Practices regulations.

Organic & Natural’s next course of action will be to take its citizen petition to Capital Hill to ask members of Congress to support what it calls “this common sense regulatory action.”

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