CBD Oil in Food Products
Advisory on Cannabidiol (CBD) in Food Products

There has been a growing interest in consumer products derived from cannabis and its components including cannabidiol (CBD) among the Reno/Sparks area food and beverage industry. While the Washoe County Health District (WCHD) acknowledges the interest in these possibilities, it is the responsibility of this agency to protect the health and safety of Washoe County consumers.

Please be advised that according to the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CBD is considered an unapproved food additive and is not permitted for use in human food/beverages or dietary substances. Until the FDA rules that CBD products can be used in food, or the State of Nevada makes a determination that CBD products are safe to use for human consumption, food found to contain CBD oil will be considered adulterated per Section 010.015 of the Regulations of the District Board of Health Governing Food Establishments. A cease and desist order will be issued to any food establishment in Washoe County found to be adding CBD products as ingredients in food.

The FDA food additives standards do not apply to bottles of CBD oil or CBD-infused creams not intended for human consumption.

As an alternative to CBD products, the FDA completed its evaluation of three generally recognized as safe (GRAS) notices for hemp seed-derived food ingredients. The following ingredients are GRAS under their intended use conditions and are permitted for use as ingredients in food: hulled hemp seed, hemp seed protein powder, and hemp seed oil.

The WCHD will continue to work with the food establishment industry in Washoe County in order to educate them on CBD products and to assist manufactures as needed to ensure compliance.
Please see the following link for Frequently Asked Questions regarding CBD products:

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