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Spencer Parenteau

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 03:24 PM

Hey everyone, I'm new here, so hopefully I'm posting in the right section. I have a fairly simple question that we just cant seem to track to the answer down for.  What specific regulation sets out THC & CBD limits in Hemp Foods (not cannabis edibles), this would be concerning Hemp Seeds, Hulled Hemp Hearts, Hemp Seed Oil and Hemp Protein Powders (of varying protein concentrations).  When I try to research this topic, I'm inundated with references to the 10ppm limit for THC in food, but no real FDA or HC/CFIA reference to the actual regulation.  Would someone be kind enough to point me to the source material for these specifications for both FDA and CFIA? Thanks,  Spencer Parenteau 



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Posted 26 February 2021 - 09:20 PM

Hello

 

It is Health Canada and not CFIA that regulates this industry. You can find instructions in labelling at Health Canada website: https://www.canada.c...ucts/guide.html



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Posted 26 February 2021 - 09:43 PM

Hello Geisa, 

Thank you for the response, however this is for Cannabis not for Food.  I'm specifically referring to THC limits in Food (not edible cannabis supplements ie, gummie bears etc), everyone references a legal mandate of 10ppm for Hemp Food Products, which is what I've always known and never questioned.  But my QA department has been questioning this specification recently and we really cant seem to find any Food related mandate for hemp products.  This is the specification i've known for the last 10 years, even prior to the legalization of cannabis, yet I cannot find any Food Related limits (whether or not its regulated by Health Canada or CFIA).  

Thanks,

Spencer Parenteau



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Posted 01 March 2021 - 01:01 PM

Below are two links that will show you the way.  The referance you make to 10 ppm is correct,  as per the Cannabis Act

 

https://chfa.ca/en/R...an 10ppm of THC.

 

Hemp-seed oil is oil made from pressing the grain of hemp plants. It is processed like other oil seeds, such as canola. In order for hemp-seed oil to be exempt from the Cannabis Act, it can’t contain more than 10 parts per million of THC.  

For hemp-seed oil to be exempted from the Cannabis Act, no phytocannabinoid including THC and CBD may be added or concentrated by processing.

https://www.canada.c...abidiol.html#a9

 

https://www.canada.c...-questions.html

 

The Cannabis Act covers industrial hemp as well.....for now. As things keep rolling along, I would expect to see amendments to cover a wider range of applications with clearer language


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Posted 17 January 2022 - 09:54 AM

I know that there should be a ratio of 10 per million. I also somehow wondered this question, I had plans to start making food with THC content for personal use and I wanted to learn how to do it safely. A friend of mine who works for a company that sells d8 gummies and other products with THC explained to me what the ratio should be. But if you do not plan to manufacture something yourself, then you do not need to know this, because if something is sold in official stores of any country, then it is allowed. Well, if you want to create a business, then your products will still be checked by doctors and they will tell you how to make them correctly.


Edited by MatissSeakwell, 17 January 2022 - 09:55 AM.


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Posted 17 January 2022 - 01:09 PM

Matisss, you are incorrect, your commercial finished good would NOT be checked by doctors, it would be verified by state (because it's not federally legal) inspectors and you'd better have a CoA for each and every batch

 

As for ratio's........it is actually a quite complex equation that changes depending on the media as fats tend to absorb and hold THC.

 

As for DIY for yourself...........well, do as you wish, but it's very easy to get it very wrong IMHO


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