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Values of THC in food permitted in the economically developed countries of the world

26.01.2017

What tables are created THC maximum values ​​permitted in foodstuffs sold in Australia and New Zealand hemp seeds if their derivatives (except oil in New Zealand) in the countries can not be used as food.
 
In Europe, overall demand for hemp seeds and their derivatives has been growing over the last few years and in the short term, this trend will prevail in almost all EU countries. According to the European Association of Industrial Hemp (EIHA) in Europe, the demand for seed was in 2013 about 18 thousand tons, in 2014 - 20.5 thousand tons. And this despite the fact that less than the volume of exports of hemp seeds exported from China has doubled in five years. European konoplevodstva market Experts say that until the end of the decade hemp products as a source of valuable nutrients in Europe will double.
 
Noteworthy is the fact that the food market in Europe, Asia, North and South America as well as Australia and Oceania in the last decade are interested in not only the hemp seed. A significant demand in the world's developed economies enjoy the leaves and blossoms of technical hemp, which are widely used as a useful and tasty source of nutrition.
 
Given the active profile of the Association of Ukrainian growers, aimed at the legalization of the use of leaves and inflorescences malonarkoticheskoy hemp for industrial purposes, government agencies in 2016 raised the question - "Are there regulations governing the amount of THC in food sold on the territory of the economically developed countries world and what these figures. " Such studies in the territory of Ukraine is not carried out, however, to analyze the value of government officials interested can use the materials kindly provided us EIHA.
 
The following materials will be considered the value of THC permitted in North America (USA, Canada) and Europe (Great Britain, Italy, Holland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium). This article will be considered indicators of the maximum permissible amount of THC, regulated in Australia and New Zealand.
 
Despite some differences of state regulation of the specialized structures of both countries very closely cooperating in the field of harmonization of food standards. That is why the regulation parameters THC in Australia and New Zealand is governed by the standards of food products from these countries (Food Standards Australia New Zealand - FSANZ).
 
In accordance with the provisions of FSANZ in Australia and New Zealand are not allowed to sell any cannabis and consumption of food. The only exception is hemp oil, which in 2002 allowed for implementation on the territory of New Zealand.
 
In 2012, FSANZ recommended to allow hemp food products for sales in Australia and New Zealand. In particular, the FSANZ report states that "food from malonarkoticheskih hemp varieties are safe for human consumption in case they contain a number of psychoactive substances, not exceed the value specified in the table below. Hemp foods are a dietary source of many nutrients and polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly Omega 3 and Omega 6 ".

Comment of the Association "Ukrainian industrial hemp"
 
In Australia and New Zealand are allowed to cultivate industrial crops industrial hemp, if the leaves and flowering heads of the plant amount of THC does not exceed 0.5%. On the territory of the country allowed the cultivation of seeds of industrial hemp cultivation technology, only if the amount of dried straw controlled psychoactive substances does not exceed 0.3%. New Zealand Ministry of Health does not see any difficulties with the resolution of the use of hemp seed as a food product, as hemp seeds contain no THC. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, according to the fact that foods with a low content of tetrahydrocannabinol look great product on the food market because they provide cheap and high quality source of alpha-linolenic acid. Proposals for the necessary changes to the FSANZ from different ministries of both countries several times a year are considered, but the decision to allow sales of hemp seeds is not accepted as a food product.
 
From the information presented in the material can be made extremely simple, but conclusion suggests itself - what set the table maximum THC values ​​allowed in foods sold in Australia and New Zealand, if hemp seeds and their derivatives (except for oil in New Zealand) on nations territories can not be used as food.
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