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Washington Department of Agriculture Says Hemp and CBD Food Additives are Still Illegal

Jane Summers

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Washington Department of Agriculture Says Hemp and CBD Food Additives are Still Illegal

The Washington Department of Agriculture released a statement on the restrictions on use of hemp CBD as a food ingredient.

The highlighted statement at the forefront of the article informs readers at the start that “To be clear, CBD is not currently allowed as a food ingredient, under federal and state law.” The statement explains what is permitted and what is not permitted.

Of importance to those living in Washington State, the statement indicates that the a new state law permits hemp production, which is consistent with the Farm Bill. Further, the statement readers, in part, that the law “authorizes WSDA to regulate processing of hemp for food products that are allowable under federal law in the same manner as it regulates other food processing.”

The statement continues to indicate, in part, that even though CBD is not permitted as a food ingredients,

“WSDA licensed food processors can currently use other hemp products in food, such as hulled hemp seeds, hemp seed protein power and hemp seed oil , provided they comply with all other requirements.”

It then indicates what parts of the plant are restricted from being used as a food ingredient under a Washington State Food Processor License, reading in part,

“Foods containing unapproved parts of the hemp plant may not be distributed in Washington State under a Washington State Food Storage Warehouse License.”

The Department also notifies readers that it has been reading out to those in the industry so that they can take appropriate action, which includes “removing CBD ingredients from their products or discontinuing distribution of CBD-containing food products in the state.”

Ultimately, the guidance is to help businesses and consumers understand what is permissible and is not permissible under state and federal regulations when it comes to food products.

Jane is a regular contributor who learned about the great benefits of CBD a few years ago after starting it herself. Impressed by its effects, she's interested in helping others learn about options that can be helpful for them.

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