Supplement industry calls on Congress to act on CBD
Four trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry have joined forces to urge Congress to provide legal clarity regarding the CBD marketplace, according to David Salazar from Drugstore News, Store Brands' sister publication.
The American Herbal Products Association, Consumer Healthcare Products Association, Council for Responsible Nutrition and United Natural Products Alliance penned a letter to Congress asking lawmakers to “pass legislation to clarify that CBD derived from the hemp plant is a lawful dietary ingredient if the dietary supplement containing the CBD meets established product safety and quality criteria.”
The organizations’ full letter highlighted the amount of time the Food and Drug Administration has projected for rulemaking to be complete compared with the boom in the category should compel Congress to act.
“While FDA has been working to craft its policy on hemp-derived products…it could take three to five years for even an expedited rule-making process,” the letter says. “Given the rapidly growing marketplace of products, it is crucial that Congress take quick action to clarify the legal status of hemp-derived CBD dietary supplements. At the same time, it is equally essential for FDA to have the resources it needs to protect the public from unsafe CBD products.”
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