In the Weeds: FDA Warns Against CBD for Food-Producing Animals, Okla. Suspends Lab License, Calif. Launches Cannabis Access Map

In the Weeds: FDA Warns Against CBD for Food-Producing Animals, Okla. Suspends Lab License, Calif. Launches Cannabis Access Map
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AUTHORS Garrison Ambrose Royce DuBiner Varsha Gadani Katherine Gruner Kate Hardey Brian King Sarah Oh Newsworthy Highlights FDA Continues CBD Warnings; Sends Letters to Companies Selling CBD Products for Food-Producing Animals. On May 26, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to four companies for selling unapproved animal drugs containing cannabidiol (CBD) that are intended for use in food-producing animals. As with FDA’s previous communications, the warning letters address companies’ unauthorized claims that evidence an intent for the products to be used as drugs. Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act, any product intended to treat a disease or have a therapeutic or medical use, and any product intended to affect the structure or function of the body of humans or animals, is a drug. The warning letters addressed unauthorized marketing, including claims that refer to helping “farm animals with stress, anxiety, pain, inflammation, injuries…” and providing the animals with “support to help manage normal stress, promote a calming effect, maintain a healthy gut, maintain a normal and balanced behavior, maintain healthy joints, and maintain a normal inflammatory response.” The FDA expressed its concern that CBD products for food-producing animals have not been assessed for their risks to the safety of the animals or the safety of human food products derived from animals that consumed these CBD products. Drugs given to food-producing animals generally require a withdrawal period to establish a minimum amount of time between the last dose of a drug and the slaughter or harvesting of food products. Because a food-producing animal may consume a drug that may be present in the food produced from that animal — such as milk, eggs or meat — and because the presence of CBD residues in food products has not been properly evaluated, the FDA asked companies to…

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