NIHC Supports the Food Safety Administration Act
October 5, 2022
The National Industrial Hemp Council of America (NIHC) is proud to announce its support for the Food Safety Administration Act of 2022 (S. 4520; H.R. 8358) as introduced by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) in the U.S. Senate and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) in the U.S. House of Representatives.
This legislation would separate food from drugs, medical devices, and other products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), rename FDA as the Federal Drug Administration and establish the Food Safety Administration as a new federal agency responsible for ensuring the safety of food and dietary supplements on the U.S. market.
This week, the NIHC sent a letter of support to both Senator Durbin and Congresswoman DeLauro. In the letter, NIHC writes:
“The growth of the hemp industry has been stifled by the current FDA’s failure to act to categorize CBD and other non-impairing hemp derivatives as dietary supplements and food ingredients as expected following the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. It was anticipated that after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, U.S. hemp processors would contribute an economic impact of $15 billion in just food and cosmetic products. By the year 2026, the U.S. is expected to export another $21 billion worth of hemp and hemp derivatives to international markets making the United States a leader in global hemp production. But the lack of regulatory certainty from the FDA is holding our industry back.”