Hemp Seed is now closer than ever before to been approved for sale for human consumption in Australia.
Despite worldwide acceptance of hemp seed as a food, Australia still prohibits sale of this product.
For the past 18 years, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has patiently researched and assessed whether approval of hemp seeds should be granted. Repeatedly, FSANZ has recommended to the Federal Government Food Forum, which is part of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), that approval be given. Unfortunately, certain Federal and State representatives have resisted approval, citing public perception that hemp could be confused with marijuana.
Today, the Board of FSANZ announced its recommendation of approval of hemp seed food. This food standards recommendation will be presented at the upcoming Food Forum meeting at COAG, scheduled for 28 April 2017.
Fingers crossed. This will be great for Hemp Co, as we have been working hard on a Hemp food range for a long time. Great for our farmers too, as there is now a crop that has a viable industry here in Australia.