CBD in food

CBD in food: 12,000 products now pending authorisation as FSA releases final list

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The Food Standards Agency has updated the public list of CBD products, adding an additional 6,000 products.

This is the complete list of ingestible CBD products currently allowed to remain on the market, which have been linked to a credible novel foods application.   

These are the only ingestible CBD products which can be sold and marketed to consumers in England and Wales.

The list governs CBD oils, edibles, nutraceutical supplements and beverages.

The announcement signifies the end to a lengthy process for the brands and manufacturers who made it onto the list, who now await news of the next steps toward full market authorisation.

No further additions are to be expected. Any requests to have products or evidence submitted will no longer be accepted, according to FSA.

Releasing the final update on 30 June, Rebecca Sudworth, FSA Director of Policy said:

“This has been a long and complex process and we are grateful for the help and cooperation of the CBD industry as we reach this important milestone on the path to bringing CBD products into compliance and protecting consumers.”

As for any further developments, Sudworth said:

“The only changes we envisage being made to the list now will be to reflect the status of products as we move to authorisation, and any routine corrections.”  

The full list comprises almost 12,000 products, having grown considerably since March when the food safety authority first published it.

That publication prompted a number of companies to come forward with new evidence linking large numbers of individual products to existing applications.

The FSA then made a final call for evidence to support businesses in achieving compliance for their products, saying:

“We think it is important we get this right, and it is encouraging that so many companies want to get their CBD products on the path to authorisation.”

Steve Moore, co-founder of the Association for the Cannabinoid Industry, welcomed the culmination of this regulatory phase:

We are delighted that all our members who applied are now on the list and we hope that we can move their products into the validated category and the risk assessment phase in the coming weeks.”   

CBD in food: What happens next?

Businesses can continue to apply for the authorisation of their CBD food products – those wanting to sell their products in Great Britain should apply to the FSA’s regulated products process and those wanting to sell in Northern Ireland should apply to the European Commission.

However, new applications will no longer be eligible for the public list. The FSA says no new products should be put on sale until they have been fully authorised.  

There are currently no fully authorised CBD products on the market in the UK or Europe, and no such approvals are expected until 2023.

Enforcement

Trading Standards officials across England and Wales can use the list to enforce food safety laws, and have the power to remove products from shelf where necessary. Any ingestible CBD product on sale in England or Wales must be on the list, or risk facing enforcement action.

Read more CBD industry news here.

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