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Natural Products Association is going bankrupt

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

natural products association is going bankrupt

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  • Natural Products Association opened their doors in 1936 and began a personal care certification program in 2008. The company recently filed for bankruptcy after past CFO Brent Weickert filed a lawsuit charging wrongful termination after discussing his concerns with how the company was being run
  • NPA filed a suit just days later against the board of directors with whom Weickert had discussed his concerns, alleging those conversations undermined the company mission. But that mission does not include labeling products containing genetically altered material or resources
  • The FDA struggles with the term "natural," whether it should be defined and how it should be defined, while the U.S. Department of Agriculture is clear on the definition of "organic." NPA is aware of the difference
  • Product labeling is important because it helps you make informed purchasing decisions. As a consumer you have the option of supporting the Organic & Natural Health Association, whose vision is to develop a world honoring the Earth's resources and recognizing we have a shared global future

Natural Products Association (NPA) is the largest and oldest trade group in the natural products space, whose stated mission is to be “the leading voice of the natural products industry” and “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 NPA founded their certification of personal care products in 2008 to set a standard to determine whether a product could rightfully be called “natural.” In their announcement of certification of their 700th product in 2011, the NPA revealed 63 companies had certified 472 products and 233 ingredients with their organization. John Gay, executive director at the time, said:


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