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US Hemp Authority Chooses FoodChain ID To Certify Products

The U.S. Hemp Authority has chosen FoodChain ID  as the exclusive certifying body for the [USHA] Certification seal. USHA Certification helps farmers, product manufacturers, marketers, and retailers secure mainstream market share by appealing to consumer and trade concerns about the veracity of product claims and serves to legitimize the evolving Hemp/CBD consumer product category.

“With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp’s extracts such as CBD with a THC level of not more than 0.3 percent- (as distinct from marijuana), are no longer illegal controlled substances under federal law and are becoming more prevalent in food, beverage, and health and wellness,” said Mark Dabroski, senior vice president, commercial services.

According to USHA President Marielle Weintraub, “The U.S. Hemp Authority Certification Program is our industry’s initiative to provide high standards, best practices, and self-regulation, giving consumers an easy way to identify hemp-derived products that can be trusted. We are striving for ingredient transparency and truth in labeling.”

“Hemp seed oil and protein markets have been increasing exponentially over the last decade,” noted Dabroski. “With the category’s expected growth at a 46% CAGR to reach $2.8B by 2023[1], the need for self-regulation and transparency are critical.”

In an effort funded by the U.S. Hemp Roundtable and joined by organizations such as the Hemp Industries Association, industry-leading firms, top-tier testing laboratories, agronomists, and quality assessors, USHA developed comprehensive guidance for growers, processors/manufacturers, and brand owners of ingestible and cosmetic hemp products. Participants are licensed to use the Certified Seal of the U.S. Hemp Authority after meeting stringent self-regulatory standards, passing an independent third-party audit, and entering into a Licensing Agreement.

Weintraub noted that the organization’s standards and practices are consistently updated and improved. A public sessionon the effort will be held at the upcoming Natural Products Expo West on March 2nd in Anaheim, CA.

Widely recognized for the development, implementation, and marketing of the highly recognized Non-GMO Project Verification labeling standard, FoodChain ID offers specialized services for the food, beverage, ingredient and food component (i.e. grain) industries, spanning the entire food supply chain and is also a leader in USDA Organic certification.

“As consumers increasingly demand to know what is in the foods and products they buy, our suite of testing and verification services helps meet this demand,” says Dabroski.

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