What the FSA Novel Food list means for UK CBD consumers

What the FSA Novel Food list means for UK CBD consumers
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The FSA has today published its anticipated list of credible Novel Food applications, but what do you need to know as a CBD consumer in the UK? One year on from the deadline for Novel Food applications on 31 March 2021, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its first list of products which are expected to be authorised for sale in the UK. The list features a total of around 3,500 ingestible products which are considered to be attached to a credible Novel Foods application.  This does not include products which are deemed “cosmetic” such as CBD skincare or transdermal patches.  However, although the products on the list are classed as “credible”, their inclusion does not guarantee they will receive full authorisation. It is actually unlikely that any applications will be considered for authorisation before early to mid-2023.  The products included on the list will be able to remain on the market as they progress towards final authorisation.  Thousands of other products, which did not make the list, now face being removed from shelves. Read more industry insight on the FSA list on Cannabis Wealth What do you need to know when buying CBD? Although the products published are attached to credible applications, the FSA has made it clear that this does not mean it has deemed these products as safe.  As it stands the list is split into two-tiers, those products which have already been validated and those awaiting evidence.  Inclusion on the list as it stands does not mean that product will automatically be authorised. The products are yet to undergo a full safety assessment, which could take up to nine months. According to Emily Miles, chief executive of the FSA, “being on the list means that the application is credible and the FSA has, or is…

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