Adding Hemp to Human Food

In December 2018, the FDA finished its analysis of three normally acknowledged as safe (GRAS) notices for the complying with hemp seed-derived food ingredients: hulled hemp seed, hemp seed protein powder, and hemp seed oil.

These GRAS notifications connected just to the use of these ingredients in human food.

Hemp seeds are the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant. The hemp seed-derived components that are the subject of these GRAS notifications include only trace quantities of THC and CBD, which the seeds might pick up throughout harvesting and handling when they are in contact with various other parts of the plant.

The GRAS conclusions can apply to ingredients for human food marketed by various other firms, if they are manufactured in such a way that is consistent with the notices and also they fulfill the listed specifications. Several of the intended usages for these active ingredients include adding them as resource of healthy protein, carbohydrates, oil, and various other nutrients to drinks (juices, smoothies, healthy protein beverages, plant-based options to milk items), soups, dips, spreads, sauces, dressings, plant-based alternatives to meat items, desserts, baked goods, grains, snacks and also nutrition bars.

Products that contain any one of these hemp seed-derived components must declare them by name on the ingredient list.

These GRAS final thoughts do not affect the FDA’s position on the addition of CBD as well as THC to food.

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