THE AMERICAN KRATOM ASSOCIATION (AKA) ANNOUNCES INDUSTRY GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICE (GMP) STANDARDS TO PROTECT KRATOM CONSUMERS
Las Vegas, Nevada - July 18, 2018 - With many of the largest kratom vendors in attendance at the Champs Trade Show in Las Vegas, the American Kratom Association (AKA) reaffirmed its commitment to providing consumers with safe kratom products, by announcing the AKA Good Manufacturing (GMP) Certification Program.
Dave Herman, Chairman of the AKA, told the vendors at the Champs Trade Show that “these strict baseline recommendations for GMP Standards for the manufacturing and distribution of kratom products are essential in protecting the safety of consumers, and will send the clear message to the FDA and federal and state legislators that we are committed to removing adulterated or contaminated kratom products from the marketplace, and we will not allow impermissible health claims to be made by any credible kratom vendor.”
The AKA has been the leader in advocating for a supply chain of kratom products that protects consumers, and demonstrates its commitment to supporting the FDA in fulfilling its mission to seize and destroy any adulterated or contaminated kratom products, and to shut down the operations of unscrupulous vendors who fail to adhere to these standards.
These recommended standards will help govern the operations and conduct of kratom vendors and outline all aspects of business conduct as it relates to the safety and quality of material being provided by kratom producers and resellers.
Herman continued by saying, "The mission of the AKA is to protect the consumers and to provide confidence in the products they are purchasing. We have listened to the kratom vendors who have wanted more structure for industry standards and are now ready to move forward with stricter industry self-regulation. Our recommendation is that vendors immediately adopt and follow these standards."
In an effort to increase consumer safety and restore consumer confidence in the supply chain of kratom products, the AKA also announced the creation the AKA GMP Certification Program that will help identify kratom manufacturers and vendors who follow GMP standards and agree to 3rd party verification. The AKA will be announcing a series of training seminars for interested kratom vendors on the implementation of the certification program.
The AKA will continue to work with independent experts for review and evaluation of these standards and will publish a final GMP Standards report no later than August 15, 2018.
The American Kratom Association (AKA), a consumer-based non-profit organization, is here to set the record straight about kratom and give a voice to those who are suffering and protect their rights to possess and consume kratom. AKA represents tens of thousands of Americans, each of whom have a unique story to tell about the virtues of kratom and its positive effects on their lives.
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