FSA sets deadline for the CBD industry

Last month, we discussed the CTA campaign to protect CBD in the UK, primarily lobbied at the Food Standards Agency. Today, the FSA has set a deadline for CBD businesses to provide more information about CBD products and their contents. It also advises “vulnerable groups” not to take CBD, and healthy adults to take no more than 70mg a day.

The FSA is giving the CBD industry a deadline of 31 March 2021 to submit valid novel food authorisation applications. After 31 March next year, only products which have submitted a valid application will be allowed to remain on the market. The authorisation process ensures novel foods meet legal standards, including on safety and content which is enforced by local authorities.

In addition, the FSA is today advising those who are pregnant, breastfeeding or taking any medication not to consume CBD products. Healthy adults are also advised to think carefully before taking CBD, and the FSA recommends no more than 70mg a day (approx. 28 drops of 5% CBD) unless under medical direction. This new precautionary advice is based on recent findings by the government’s Committee on Toxicity (COT).
Emily Miles, Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency, said:

“CBD products are widely available on the high street but are not properly authorised. The CBD industry must provide more information about the safety and contents of these products to the regulator before 31 March 2021, or the products will be taken off the shelves.”

Our perspective at CBDecoded is that this is a good move, as without regulation, we have seen a lot of products on the market that do not meet the criteria to properly fulfill the objective healing benefits of the plant.

This will also ensure that consumers are protected regarding THC levels and overall value for the product.

Emily Miles continues; ‘The actions that we’re taking today are a pragmatic and proportionate step in balancing the protection of public health with consumer choice. It’s now up to industry to supply this information so that the public can be reassured that CBD is safe and what it says it is.’

The announcement does not affect people who take medically prescribed CBD or cannabis, the FSA said.

Today also marked the launch of Siobhan Benita’s Mayor of London campaign, she recently spoke at First Wednesdays where she detailed her legalisation plan for cannabis in her potential future role as Mayor of London. More to follow on that!

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