Still No Appetite At US FDA For CBD In Food
Beverages Also Remain Missing From Agency Menu For Lawful Hemp Use
Three years after similar warnings to make same impression, FDA warns five firms about using in food or beverage products CBD, the cannabinoid most commonly found in US, and delta-8 THC, a subject of ongoing discussion over whether it qualifies as hemp. One firm also warned about CBD in sunscreen.
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