January 27, 2015

Will FDA Grant Hemp GRAS, NDI Status If U.S. Hemp Growing Is Legalized?

Nutritional Outlook
U.S. lawmakers in January introduced two congressional bills, one in the Senate and one in the House, that aim to legalize industrial hemp growing in the United States. If passed, the bills would remove industrial hemp from the U.S. Controlled Substances Act list of Schedule I drugs and widely enable legal, commercial industrial hemp agriculture in the United States. Food, dietary supplement, and other hemp product manufacturers would finally be able to source hemp ingredients domestically. But for food and supplement firms using hemp seed ingredients, there is still another piece to the puzzle, and that is whether FDA considers hemp ingredients legal for use in dietary supplements and food and beverages.

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