UK CBD Industry Embraces Trading Standards Partnership As Compliance Deadline Looms
UK CBD industry association, the ACI, joins others in forming partnerships with local authorities responsible for enforcing the new rules, which require all CBD food supplements on the market to hold a validated novel food application with the FSA. However, how effective enforcement will be in practice remains to be seen.
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INFOGRAPHIC: An interactive timeline of selected HBW Insight coverage of the growing European CBD dietary supplements market in 2020. The timeline covers the main events of a rollercoaster 12 months, including the European Commission’s indecision on whether to classify CBD as narcotic or novel food and how the path forward became clear in the UK.
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