WASHINGTON – The National Industrial Hemp Council’s (NIHC) Consumer Protection Task Force promoted sensible safety regulations of CBD products in a listening session yesterday with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) CBD Policy Working Group. This was a listening session for FDA and an opportunity for NIHC to share member perspective.

NIHC Board Chairman Patrick Atagi released the following statement:

“We’re thankful for the FDA’s CBD Policy Working group’s time yesterday to hear our thoughts on sensible regulations of CBD products. Our conversation was focused on three things.

“First, we seek clarity regarding standardized testing requirements and laboratory practices. Our concern is that manufacturers, processors, and laboratories aren’t clear on best practices for testing, traceability, or production and this creates safety concerns throughout the supply chain and for consumers.

“Secondly, we want certainty with regards to pesticide testing for finished products.

We’re concerned labs are not doing it or if they are, they’re not doing it properly. We recognize the challenge of creating a national standard given variances in pesticide usage by state; but, we believe that’s it’s an appropriate path forward.

“Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, we talked about standardized labeling and product transparency. Currently, there is a state-by-state patchwork of labeling requirements that are proving problematic. NIHC believes that standardized labeling is necessary to prevent consumer confusion and provide a workable production scenario for manufacturers.”

About the National Industrial Hemp Council: The National Industrial Hemp Council provides high-quality networking and resources for its members, from farm to consumer. Its leadership is composed of leading international, federal, state, private industry, and government professionals throughout the sector. The organization is dedicated to furthering market development, assisting members in entering the industry, and educating consumers on industrial hemp and its applications. For more information please go to www.hempindustrial.com.

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