Industry Upset as Germany Classifies CBD as a Novel Food

The hemp sector in Germany has been left in a bind after the country’s federal government recently confirmed that cannabidiol (CBD) is to be classified as a novel food. Entities interested in selling CBD products will have to apply for marketing authorization before sending their products into the market, a tedious and expensive process.

A novel food is a type of food that doesn’t have much history of consumption or is produced through previously unused methods. European Union (EU) regulations state that “any food that was not consumed significantly before March 1997 is considered a novel food. The category covers new foods, food from new sources, new substances used in…

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