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European Food Safety Authority Warns that Eating Hemp Foods Can Cause Elevated THC Levels if Ingested in High Quantities

On January 7, 2020, a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report looked at tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels in 12 different categories of hemp foods, including hemp oil, breads and teas.  EFSA also reviewed THC levels in foods, like cereals, pasta, chocolate, and beer.  More than 1,500 samples were collected from countries, such as Romania, Czech Republic, … Continue Reading

Bipartisan Group of Representatives Introduces Bill that Would Give FDA Authority to Regulate CBD as a Dietary Supplement (Law360 subscription required)

On January 13, 2020, the House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D- Minn.) introduced H.R. 5587, which would include hemp derived CBD in the definition of dietary supplements under the Federal, Drug and Cosmetic Act.  The bill would also require a study and report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the production of … Continue Reading

FDA Highlights Best Practices to Prevent Tampering and Intentional Adulteration of Food and Cosmetics

FDA issued a Constituent Update, entitled “FDA Reminds Industry of Best Practices to Prevent Tampering and Intentional Adulteration of Food and Cosmetic Products” on August 28 in response to media reports of tampering of products at grocery stores.  The Constituent update directs retailers to take the following actions: Inspect returned products for signs of tampering … Continue Reading

Product Recalls Decline Across All Industries in Q1 2019

As previously reported by Food Industry Executive based on a report and press release from Stericycle Expert Solutions, recalls within the consumer products, automotive, pharmaceutical, medical device, and food and beverage industries were all down in the first quarter of 2019.  This is the first time since 2012 that recalls were down across all industries … Continue Reading

FDA Announces New Steps to Advance Regulatory Framework for CBD Products

Interest in products derived from cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.) and its components, including cannabidiol (CBD) has been high for the past couple of years and only increased when Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill in December 2018.  Among other things, the law established a category for “hemp,” defined as cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.), and derivatives of cannabis (e.g., … Continue Reading

In Light of 2018 Farm Bill, FDA Issues Statement on Use of CBD in Food; Completes Evaluation of 3 Hemp-Related GRASNs

The Agriculture Improvement Act (also known as “the 2018 Farm Bill”) was signed into law on December 20, 2018.  Among other things, the law changes certain federal authorities relating to the production and marketing of hemp, defined as cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.), and derivatives of cannabis (e.g., CBD) with extremely low (less than 0.3% on … Continue Reading

International Food Safety Leaders Adopt and Advance Food Safety Provisions Discussed at the 12th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Contaminants (and Toxins) in foods (CCCF)

The 12th session of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Contaminants (and Toxins) in foods (CCCF) was held in Utrecht (The Netherlands) from March 12-16, 2018. CCCF is the Codex Alimentarius horizontal committee in charge of updating the General Standard on Contaminants and Toxins in Foods and adopting codes and guidelines for the reduction and prevention … Continue Reading

FDA Provides Remarks on their Role in Supporting Innovation in Food Technology

On March 22, 2018, Susan Mayne, Ph.D., Director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, addressed the audience at the Future Food-Tech Summit about FDA’s role in supporting innovation in food technology. Dr. Mayne divided her talk into four key questions: (1) How can food-tech innovators get the support and information they need … Continue Reading

Microalgae Becoming Major Player in Food Production

Microalgae can be used to make powder, oil, butter and flour and is incorporated into all types of food products, including baked goods, burgers, beverages, ice cream, infant formula or snacks. Food Dive reports that a number of leading food manufacturers are incorporating microalgae into their products.  For example, Mondelez is using it in some … Continue Reading

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