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In wake of the publication of the CBD Novel Foods public list, the UK Government Chemist has delivered an educational seminar on CBD food supplements.

As the UK moves to be the world’s first regulated CBD industry, the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Novel Foods process has put in place rigorous testing and safety standards that will enable CBD products to be sold in the country.

The FSA’s Novel Foods list contains thousands of products linked to what are currently deemed as credible applications, as they have provided sufficient safety and toxicology data. 

Read more: Authorised UK CBD products expected by 2023

As the products on the list move towards final authorisation, expected by 2023, local authorities and retailers are being encouraged to remove from sale any products not included on the list.

Aimed at individuals working in control laboratories, the food industry as well as those in the official control system, the educational seminar provides information on what to look out for when selling Novel Foods products.

Read more: EFSA puts CBD Novel Foods evaluations on hold due to lack of data

Presented by Regulatory Scientist at the National Measurement Laboratory, LGC, Ian Axford, the seminar aims to help individuals understand what CBD is and how it is regulated in food products, its chemistry in relation to food supplements and regulatory legislation, as well as looking at the analytical aspects of measuring CBD in food supplements.

Topics explored in the seminar include:

  • Different uses of cannabis
  • Extraction methods
  • How CBD differs from other controlled cannabinoids
  • Why CBD is used in food products
  • Food supplements and their requirements under food law, Novel Foods and CBD supplement regulatory control
  • Analysis of CBD supplements, analytical techniques and quality assurance
  • Difficulties facing laboratories and manufacturer 

The seminar was produced as part of the UK’s Join Knowledge Transfer Framework or Food Standards and Food Safety Analysis, and was funded by the FSA, Department for Food, Environment & Rural Affairs, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, BEIS and Food Standards Scotland. 

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