The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has issued an industry circular stating that it “will return for correction any applications for formulas containing ‘hemp’ ingredients (other than ingredients derived from hemp seeds or hemp seed oil)” until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicates that the ingredients’ use would not violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The circular, addressed to wineries, breweries, distilleries and importers, states that TTB consults with FDA on ingredients’ safety and notes that, despite the change in the definition for “marijuana” in the 2018 Farm Bill, “FDA stressed that food companies that wish to use cannabis or cannabis-derived ingredients in their foods are subject to the relevant laws and regulations that govern all food products, including those that relate to the requirements for food additive approval and substantiation of evidence for Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status.”

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