By Lucas De Vries

February 14, 2020
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The Food
Standards Agency (FSA), the UK agency responsible for the protection of public
health in food, has published its first-ever consumer safety advice on CBD oil
sold in the UK, as well as a warning to manufacturers of CBD products.

Food safety tips on CBD

The FSA advises
pregnant or breastfeeding women or people undergoing medical treatment not to
consume products containing CBD. Healthy adults are also advised to think
carefully before taking CBD, and the FSA does not recommend more than 70 mg per
day (approximately 28 drops at 5% CBD) unless advised by a doctor.

Emily Miles, Executive Director of the Food Standards Agency, said: We warn that CBD could be risky for vulnerable groups, so i suggest an upper limit of 70 mg per day for everyone.

In fact , the measures we are taking today are a pragmatic and proportionate step to combine public health protection and consumer choice. It is now up to the industry to provide this information so that the public can be assured that the CBD is safe and is what it claims to be.

This opinion is indeed based on recent findings of the Governmental Committee on Toxicity (GCT).

Professor Alan Boobis, chair of the toxicity committee, said,My committee reviewed the evidence on food products at the CBD and found evidence that consumption of these products can have potential adverse health effects. We are particularly concerned about pregnant and nursing women and people taking medications. We do not know enough to be sure we can take the risk but I am satisfied with the responsible and pragmatic approach of the FSA. The committee will continue to keep these products under review in the coming months.

Deadline for CBD oil
manufacturers

The FSA has also set a deadline for CBD companies to submit valid Novel Food applications by March 31, 2021. After that date, products that violate the deadline will not be eligible for sale .

Emily Miles, Executive Director of the FSA, said: CBD products are widely available but are not properly regulated. The CBD industry must provide more information on the safety and content of these products to the regulator by March 31, 2021, otherwise, the products will be withdrawn from stores. »

Local
authorities will be responsible for enforcing the new food legislation and the
FSA has been informed that companies should be able to sell their CBD products
during this period, provided they are not mislabelled, are not unsafe to eat
and do not contain substances that fall under drug legislation.

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