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NC Arboretum and Bent Creek Institute Unveil New Botanical Testing Service

ASHEVILLE NC – The North Carolina Arboretum is pleased to announce its newest collaboration with Bent Creek Institute: the US Botanical Safety Laboratory (USBSL). A non-profit quality testing services network, USBSL will begin offering routine botanical identity, purity, and phytochemical composition testing of botanical ingredients beginning April 23, 2012.

USBSL is a network of non-profit testing laboratories in North Carolina with a depth of botanical domain expertise. Founding partner labs include the Bent Creek Germplasm Repository at The North Carolina Arboretum, the North Carolina BioNetwork BioBusiness Center Laboratory at the Asheville- Buncombe Technical Community College, and the David H. Murdock Research Institute at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.

The network will serve a variety of clients in academia, public non-governmental organizations, and private industry supply chains seeking to verify the integrity, authenticity, and purity of their botanical ingredients. USBSL’s botanical identity testing will be backed by botanical vouchers maintained by Dr. Joe-Ann McCoy, Laboratory Director of the Bent Creek Germplasm Repository. A respected medicinal plant physiologist and microscopy researcher, Dr. McCoy is an Advisory Board member to the American Botanical Council.

USBSL is managed by Bent Creek Institute, Inc., a non-profit botanical research and economic development organization with the mission to accelerate sustainable, scientifically-backed, and responsible use of botanically-based integrative therapies derived from traditional cultural uses of medicinal plants. Bent Creek Institute will receive, qualify, and blind all botanical samples using a secure and private Internet-based sample submission and tracking system, and issue all final certificates of analysis to clients. Under this sample management protocol, USBSL partner labs will never know the identity of the client submitting the original samples, thus assuring the non-biased nature of the analytical results.
Bent Creek Institute is an analytical laboratory endorser of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program and a member of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the United Natural Products Alliance, the American Botanical Council, and the American Herbal Products Association.

For more information about the US Botanical Safety Laboratory, please visit www.usbsl.org. For more information about The North Carolina Arboretum, please call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants.

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