CBD Novel Food Legislation: Commitment to Quality & Compliance

Understanding novel food and its implications in the CBD industry is crucial for both businesses and consumers. We aim to advise to our best ability on the history and importance of novel foods. Cannalink maintains the highest standards of compliance.

What is a Novel Food?

Novel Foods refer to foods which were not widely consumed within the European Union before 15 May 1997. This classification is not just about the age of the food but about evidence of its safety and consumption. When a food is deemed “novel”, it undergoes a rigorous scientific evaluation to ensure it’s safe for public consumption.

History of Novel Foods

The term ‘novel food’ was introduced in 1997 by the European Commission to ensure that any new food or food ingredient, that might have potential implications for human health, undergoes a detailed scientific assessment before it is allowed on the market. The objective was clear: to protect consumer health and provide them with the information they need to make informed choices about the food they consume.

Why are some CBD Products Classed as Novel Foods in the UK?

Despite its longstanding use in other cultures, CBD was not widely consumed in the European Union before the benchmark date in 1997. Due to its increased popularity and usage in recent years, regulators felt the need to evaluate CBD products to ensure they meet food safety standards. As a result, many CBD products now fall under the ‘novel food’ category, ensuring they undergo thorough safety evaluations.

Cannalink & The Novel Food Legislation

We at Cannalink recognise the significance of this legislation and have rigorously adhered to it. With over 300 products submitted to the FSA novel food product database, we’re at the forefront of compliance, continuously pushing for all our products to reach validation.

The legislation has indeed driven a monumental shift in the industry towards greater compliance and safety. We are optimistic that with the validation of products on the FSA register, we will witness a revitalised growth in the market. For an in-depth view of our submissions, you can view our product list on the FSA’s database here.

Future of CBD and Novel Foods

As the landscape of CBD evolves, so will the regulations and guidelines governing it. Our commitment is unwavering. Cannalink will continuously adapt, innovate, and remain compliant, ensuring our partners and customers receive only the highest quality, safest products on the market.

If you have any questions or need further information on our novel food products or processes, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team.

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