European Hemp Leaders Launch Bid To Designate ‘Natural’ CBD A Traditional Food

MAY 9, 2023

EUROPEAN hemp leaders are to open a new front in the on-going continental cannabidiol (CBD) battle by looking to have it classified again as a traditional food.

The European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) has chosen to act after the Czech Ministry of Agriculture signalled its intent to ban products containing CBD.

This followed the European Commission’s (EC) decision, in June last year, to halt the processing of CBD Novel Food applications due to concerns over its safety profile.

Consequently, EIHA has now sought clarification on the traditional status of natural, hemp-extract products with an Article 4 submission under the EC’s Novel Food regulations.

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EC rules stipulate that if it can be proven that the food item in question had been widely consumed as a food across the EC prior to May 1997 it does not have to navigate the Novel Food process.

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