Cannabidiol Industry has been set deadline by the UK Food Standard Agency

On the 13th February 2020, the UK’s Food Standard Agency issued a deadline for CBD businesses to provide more information about their CBD products. It also published safety advice to consumers particularly vulnerable groups not to take CBD and healthy adults not to take more than 70mg a day. This announcement comes as CBD products become more widely available on the high street but are not properly authorised.

The FSA set a deadline of 31st March 2020, to submit valid novel food authorisation applications. After this deadline only products which have submitted a valid application will be allowed to remain on the market. Up to the deadline date, businesses should be able to sell their CBD products provided that during this time they are not incorrectly labelled, unsafe to eat or contain substances that fall under drugs legislation.

The FSA also advised that those who are pregnant, breast-feeding or taking any medication not too consume CBD products. And for healthy adults to think carefully before taking CBD with the FSA recommending that no more than 70mg a day (about 28 drops of 5% CBD) unless under medical direction. With these findings coming from the Governments Committee on Toxicity.

What is CBD

CBD is a chemical found naturally within the cannabis plant and it has only recently been removed and sold as a separate CBD extract. CBD extracts can be found in a range of products such as drinks, confectionary, oils and bakery products.

CBD was as also confirmed as a novel food product in January 2019. Under these novel food regulations, foods or food ingredients which do not have a history of consumption before May 1997 should be evaluated and authorised before they can be placed on the market.

The FSA is now responsible for regulating CBD as a novel food and does not have enforcing power over cosmetics, vapes, products making medicinal claims or products containing controlled drugs such as THC. Where CBD extracts contain THC ( or other controlled cannabinoids then they will likely fall under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

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