Sale of CBD under threat

Important information about CBD Products sold within Europe.

We would like to share some important information with our customers of Golden Extracts.
For some time now we have been aware of a prospective change to the law concerning CBD products. To say this is a grey area is an understatement for all concerned.
We are aware of stories in the media claiming that CBD vendors have been warned to remove their CBD products from their shelves. This is not the case. Yet.

Until very recently, the EFSA had classified CBD in isolate form as a Novel food. Very recently they have updated and deleted the word CBD and replaced it with Cannabinoids.
This amendment has occurred since several countries asked for an update to the catalogue citing ambiguity concerning regulation of CBD and other hemp derived products.
This means that without exclusion all cannabinoids including all CBD products are affected by this change.

Novel foods are foods which have not been widely consumed by people in the EU before May 1997. This means that the foods don’t have a ‘history of consumption’.
Currently we legally market CBD as a food supplement, however the FSA now reports as follows;


‘The FSA are considering the way forward in light of this clarification at EU level. We are meeting with relevant industry representative bodies, local authorities and other stakeholders to clarify how to achieve compliance in the marketplace in a proportionate manner.’

If you check the Novel Foods list with EFSA you can see that already Cannabinoids/Cannabidiol is on the list as a Novel food. If the UK Food Standards Agency chooses to comply with the EU Directive, it may not be possible to buy CBD during the novel food evaluation period (12-18 months). It could only be a matter of time now until we receive official confirmation from the FSA and instructed to remove it from sale.

This means that while CBD is still available to buy for consumption at the moment, it is hanging by a thread and may not be long before it is officially declared as a Novel food and will become unavailable to you as a food supplement.
Before the food can be legally marketed in the EU, novel foods are required to have a pre-market safety assessment and authorisation under the Novel Foods Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 2015/2283).
The European classification process is concerned only with the sale of CBD products. It will remain legal to own or possess.

We understand that a respective application for trans-cannabidiol is currently being evaluated by the EFSA. Once the authorisation is granted, all CBD extracts that meet the specifications of the authorised product can be generically used in food supplements. Specific user group guidelines will be determined.
The outcome of this evaluation and the further decision process in the European Commission is impatiently awaited but it is impossible to predict yet whether or not CBD will be authorised as a food ingredient.

Spain is also affected by this change.

In the meantime please be advised of this information and how it may affect you. Golden Extracts would like to reassure you that you can still obtain our products.
If you would like to discuss any concerns please contact us.

Thanks so much for your continued custom and support as always,