Hemp is a plant that has long been used by humans for a variety of purposes. In many countries around the world, processed hemp seeds are permitted to be used in certain food types.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has requested submissions on an application for processed hemp seeds to be allowed to be used in certain food types. Whole or viable seeds are not part of the application.
This will require an amendment to the Food Standards Code if it is approved by the Board and then presented to the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council. The change will be subject to a maximum level of delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Steve McCutcheon, the FSANZ Chief Executive Officer, said, “The assessment confirms low THC hemp foods are safe to eat and may provide a useful alternative dietary source of many nutrients and polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly omega-3 fatty acids.”
This is the final round of public comment to the application before it goes to the FSANZ Board in early 2012. FSANZ are leaving the round open until 01 February 2012.
Comments can be made through the submission section at www.foodstandards.gov.au