FDA Issues CBD Warning Letters

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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently released warning letters to 15 companies in late November for selling products containing cannabidiol (CBD) compounds. CBD has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, and it is not considered a Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) additive for human or animal food.

According to the FDA: Under the FD&C Act, any product intended to treat a disease or otherwise have a therapeutic or medical use, and any product (other than a food) that is intended to affect the structure or function of the body of humans or animals, is a drug. The FDA has not approved any CBD products other than one prescription human drug product to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy. There is very limited information for other marketed CBD products, which likely differ in composition from the FDA-approved product and have not been evaluated for potential adverse effects on the body.”

One of the FDA concerns is the use of CBD or cannabis-derived compounds in animal food for food-producing animals. The safety of human food products from animals that consume CBD is a concern because there is little data on safe CBD residue levels for humans. Additionally, CBD remains to be evaluated for safety based on different species, breeds or classes.

Get more information on CBD in animal food:

What You Need to Know (And What We’re Working to Find Out) About Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-derived Compounds, Including CBD

FDA Regulation of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products, Including Cannabidiol (CBD)

FDA is Committed to Sound, Science-based Policy on CBD


If you have questions about ingredient approvals or CBD in animal food, please contact Marissa Herchler.