Hemp

Hemp seed is legal as a food in most countries, but not Down Under

Briefing

Industry and MPs want hemp as a food, but ministers continue to resist

By RJ Whitehead

Late last month, a forum of Australian and New Zealand ministers met in Auckland to discuss a number of proposed and recently implemented changes and additions to the countries’ food regulations. Once again, they voted against allowing hemp as a legal...

Australian growers can cultivate hemp but not sell it as a food ingredient

Australia

Tasmania goes it alone in backing hemp food production

By RJ Whitehead

Even though a council of antipodean ministers has rejected calls to allow the use of hemp seed oil as a food, Tasmania’s government is planning to introduce legislation that will encourage growth of the state’s hemp industry.

Destination China for Australian hemp

Destination China for Australian hemp

By Rei Rengsen Siew Lin

China might be one of the world’s biggest producers of hemp, but the quality of the crop is low compared to Australian imports, according to one of the first hemp farmers Down Under.

Oz, NZ get first-step approval for hemp in food

Oz, NZ get first-step approval for hemp in food

By RJ Whitehead

The decision by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to approve the use of hemp products containing low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the production of food has received widespread approval since its announcement earlier this month.

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