The Food Standards Agency is reminding the CBD industry that they must submit novel food applications for validation in order to continue to sell their products in England and Wales. CBD products are not currently authorised so the deadline was imposed to move the industry towards compliance with novel food regulations.
Applications will be subject to an 8-day admin check, and it can then take up to 30 working days for an application to be validated. These validated applications will then continue through an authorisation process that ensures novel foods meet legal standards, including on safety and content.
Local authorities enforce novel food legislation. They have been advised that only products that were on sale at the time of the FSAâs deadline announcement (13 February 2020) and are linked to a validated novel foods application should remain on sale from 1 April 2021.
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