Urgent call from FSA for CBD brands to submit novel food applications


CBD brands must submit their novel food applications to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) before the deadline of March 31st. Failure to file applications before this date will mean they are trading CBD products illegally. This deadline comes on the back of the European Commission’s (EC) decision to classify CBD products as novel foods in January 2019. The classification of cannabidiol (CBD) as a novel food has had significant ramifications for the CBD industry, however, it did take CBD and hemp-derived products out of the legal grey area they had previously been in. The proliferation of CBD as a popular health supplement in the last two decades was met with mixed reactions from both authorities and policymakers of different EU member states. This cannabinoid derived from the cannabis sativa plant was often misperceived as intoxicating. Mainly due to its relationship to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis. CBD novel food applications must be compliant with the Food Safety Authority Legally deeming CBD a novel food in both EU and UK jurisdiction, has in effect, cleared up a lot of misconceptions about CBD and its legality. It has also introduced a framework and a regulatory body, the FSA, which CBD producers must comply with. RELATED ARTICLE: Buy CBD Isolate Wholesale For Your Business CONTINUE READING A novel food can be defined as any food or food ingredient which does not have a history of consumption before May 1997. As such, all novel foods must register applications with the FSA. Urgent call from FSA for CBD producers to get applications submitted This call from the FSA comes amidst concerns that the organisation has not received as many applications as they had expected by this time. Applications are also subjected to an 8-day admin check, and then it can take up…

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