The state of Michigan’s agriculture regulators have come out to clarify rules regarding the use of cannabidiol (CBD) infused foods, hemp seeds, and extracts. In an email sent to food manufacturers and distributors, the Food and Dairy Division (FDD) at the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development provided an update to CBD businesses about where the state stands on hemp derived ingredients.
The state department oversees and regulates food manufacturers, distributors and sellers. It also conducts regular sampling, inspection, investigations on complaints and food recalls. Its core business is ensuring that Michigans get safe food.
The FDD acknowledged that despite hemp and CBD products flooding the market, a substantial number of them are not eligible to be produced or sold across state lines into Michigan. The update reiterated that the agency is committed towards enforcing the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s set standards on hemp products.
Notably, foods infused with CBD derived from hemp seed have been categorized as generally safe (GRAS) by the FDA. However, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the agency is yet to approve the use of CBD in food, dietary supplements and animal feeds.
Therefore, any foods produced within Michigan state are bounded by the Michigan Food Law and requirements for licencing. This includes safety procedures applicable as stipulated under the federal Food Code and CFRs.
Comparatively Michigan has not joined the bandwagon of states that have created their own CBD rules in the face of lacking or lagging federal laws. Some states like Alabama, New York and Carlifonia all have passed laws governing the use of CBD in foods and beverages.