Hemp Foods Given GRAS Designation by the FDA!
While there are many things to get excited about today after the President’s signing of the 2018 Farm Bill yesterday, one of the most exciting announcements has been buried within an otherwise less than celebratory statement from the FDA regarding hemp and hemp products that go into food or supplements regulated by the department. Here is the official statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.
The great news here is way down in the statement where Commissioner Gottlieb says:
It should also be noted that some foods are derived from parts of the hemp plant that may not contain CBD or THC, meaning that their addition to foods might not raise the same issues as the addition of drug ingredients like CBD and THC. We are able to advance the lawful marketing of three such ingredients today. We are announcing that the agency has completed our evaluation of three Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) notices related to hulled hemp seeds, hemp seed protein and hemp seed oil and that the agency had no questions regarding the company’s conclusion that the use of such products as described in the notices is safe. Therefore, these products can be legally marketed in human foods for these uses without food additive approval, provided they comply with all other requirements and do not make disease treatment claims.
Generally Regarded As Safe is the FDA designation that a food source is known and understood to be safe to add as an ingredient into food without specific oversight or investigation. I.E. Corn, wheat and pretty much every other food ingredient we’ve know in our lifetime that grows on a farm and is eaten by people and animals. https://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/GRAS/
What does this mean for hemp in America?
It means that hemp seed foods- Specifically- Hemp Hearts- shelled raw hemp seeds- Hemp Seed Oil, and Hemp Seed Protein are recognized and approved to be added into foods, without question or added oversight. It means there are no longer ANY questions or concerns on any level about the safety, acceptability or permissibility of hemp seeds in foods!
While hemp foods have been legal in the USA for over 20 years, which was even tested in early 2000’s with HIA vs DEA, we have had to import all of these foods from other countries, such as Canada and China, because federal schedule 1 listing on the Controlled Substance Act prohibited our farmers from growing hemp here in the USA. The USA is the largest consumer of hemp seed foods in the world and we account for %65 of exported Canadian Hemp Products.
We are excited to be part of the domestic revolution for hemp foods in America and started Hemp Northwest to process hemp seeds for food products and connect our American and NW farmers who want to grow healthy hemp grain to the companies and products who buy them.
“This FDA statement on GRAS is almost as exciting as the signing of the farm bill, because it should take away any questions at all about the acceptance and support for healthy hemp seeds in our foods,” says Gregg Gnecco, Hemp Northwest Co-Founder and Director of Operations.
“When the science and understanding finally gets out into social consciousness that this truly is one of the most nutritious and well balanced seed on the planet -- it will really be a boom for not only hemp in America but for the health of our population as well.”
The hemp seed is a true super food offering the optimum balance of Omega 3 : Omega 6 fatty acids, while containing all 21 essential amino acids, iron, magnesium and many other things that our bodies need and don’t get enough of.
We have to give a huge shout out to Hemp Fresh Foods / Manitoba Harvest - the world leader in hemp Foods, for leading the industry for years and completing everything necessary to attain GRAS status for hemp seed foods by the FDA.