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The FDA Announces First Public Hearing on CBD in Food and Beverages

The FDA Announces First Public Hearing on CBD in Food and Beverages

On May 31, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold its first public hearing on CBD in regards to food and beverages in Washington, D.C. They will be taking public questions and comments, hoping to provide further clarity on the use of CBD in edible products.

The scheduled discussion is appropriately timed as restaurant and business owners have recently been forced to pull their CBD-infused food and drink items from menus. Certain states and cities have felt the effects more than others, as the enforcement has come from local health departments.

The 2018 Farm Bill was successful in the legalization of hemp, however, the FDA has not approved CBD as a dietary supplement.

In the announcement for the hearing, the FDA stated their goal was to “…obtain scientific data and information about the safety, manufacturing, product quality, marketing, labeling, and sale of products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds” (FDA).

Gottlieb, the FDA Commissioner, has stated he will present their findings as early as this summer. Until then, the FDA has also created a Q&A page on its website in order to clear up any confusion on products.

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