Industry and Legislation

Update: On the 28th of April 2017 the Council of Australian Governments approved hemp as a food product!

               This is breaking news, and we will provide more information shortly. 

Make Hemp Foods Legal. Hemp has been used for food and fibre from the start of human history and it will continue to do so to time indefinite. Currently, countries marked in green allow their inhabitants to eat the world’s safest, healthiest food. Those in red do not. australia map

Are hemp foods legal in Australia? Hemp foods are not permitted for human consumption in Australia under laws regulated by FSANZ (Food Standards Australia and New Zealand.) Standard 1.4.4 – Prohibited and Restricted Plants and Fungi in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) prohibits all species of Cannabis from being added to food or sold as food in Australia and New Zealand. Previous attempts to change the code to remove Hemp have failed including an application in 2002 that Hemp Foods Australia were part of. In 2012, FSANZ recommended that Hemp be approved as a food source. The FSANZ report stated that:

Current Review

The approving body, the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council has requested a review of the FSANZ decision due to be completed in June 2014. Until then the code still prohibits Hemp as a food.

Why?

If, as the Australian Food Regulation Authority has acknowledged, Hemp Foods:

...why is Hemp prohibited as a food? See our Hemp History page and draw your own conclusions. 

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