A Non-Profit Botanical Testing Service
The US Botanical Safety Laboratory (USBSL), a non-profit university-based botanical ingredient testing laboratory collaborative in North Carolina. USBSL will begin offering routine botanical identity, purity (microbial, heavy metals, pesticides), and compositional testing services to global herbal ingredient supply chain stakeholders starting April 23rd, 2012. USBSL is managed by Bent Creek Institute, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, with its botanical identity testing conducted by the The North Carolina Arboretum Germplasm Repository (TNCAGR) under Dr. Joe-Ann McCoy. TNCAGR is the research arm of The North Carolina Arboretum near Asheville, North Carolina and serves as an independent botanical and endophyte seed bank. USBSL has also partnered with the NC BioNetwork BioBusiness Laboratory, the David H. Murdock Research Institute, and academic research laboratories in North Carolina to provide USBSL clients with a suite of botanical purity and compositional testing services.