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Hemp is the belle of the crop ball in 2019, with farmers lined up for a chance to dance—but desire does not necessarily translate to know-how. From seed to harvest to processing, U.S. growers are asking a litany of hemp questions.

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Quality Control

Compliance with GMPs & FSMA: The FDA does not consider isolated, purified CBD as a legal supplement ingredient, but hemp extracts that contain naturally occurring CBD are—for now—considered herbal supplements. Companies that make them should be in full compliance with the FDA’s good manufacturing practices (GMPs), and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FSMA requires companies to have a Preventive Control Qualified Individual (PCQI) on staff who is trained in food safety and certified as competent to manage safety programs as required by the law. Many hemp companies are not aware of these legal obligations. The conscientious ones are fully compliant. GRAS Status: GRAS status—the acronym stands for “Generally Recognized as Safe”—is another basic quality and safety indicator.

The microorganisms of particular concern when harvesting Cannabis for CBD and similar products include, but are not limited to:

  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Escherischia coli
  • Salmonella
  • Thermophilic actinomycetes
  • Pseudomonas
  • Aspergillus
  • Penicillium
  • Mucor
  • Aflatoxins
  • Botulinum toxin

For CBD and other Cannabis derived products, heavy metal contamination can vary greatly depending on the plant’s origin and strain; therefore, it is imperative to evaluate the potential presence of heavy metals.

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