- by Aseppak
- September 10, 2020
CBD and Cross-Contamination in Food and Beverages
The legalization and mainstream acceptance of CBD have presented a unique set of problems for the food and beverage industry as they seek opportunities in this new market. Both established companies and entrepreneurs have brought thousands of new products to the market that have a healthy market of potential customers. However, many companies have pressed forward with sales of CBD infused food and beverages, which means state by state laws and regulations are dictating the safety standards for these products to ensure their citizens are kept safe.
Cross-contamination is one of the most major concerns for manufacturing and selling CBD infused foods and beverages. Of course, there have been cross-contamination standards in place for traditional food and beverage safety for decades. However, beyond being a substance that must be sequestered on its own so that it doesn’t contaminate other foods and dose unsuspecting consumers, CBD is also at risk of becoming contaminated with microbes, just like any other agricultural commodity. Pathogens, molds, yeast, pesticides, and heavy metals all pose a risk for CBD infused products.
In particular, hemp draws contaminants from the soil to the plant, which means that it is vital that the suppliers of CBD test for contaminants in the environment where they are growing hemp. To make matters more serious, immunocompromised or chronically ill patients often use CBD products for their medical benefits. This makes any cross-contamination or sanitation issues even more problematic.
Accordingly, the industry is in the process of developing processes and standards to ensure that the supply chain for CBD infused products is using effective sanitation and cleanliness practices. There are also standards for laboratory testing to keep an eye out for pathogens, heavy metals, pesticides, and other environmental factors.
Another priority is implementing practices to improve the traceability of these products to ensure that in the event of a problem, prevent ill employees from working around the products and make sure that the CBD infused products are handled within time and temperature controls that promote optimum quality.
This new food and beverage innovation has led to significant changes in the craft beverage business and a further need for an innovative packaging solution and dispersal process. As the business continues to mature, it will be up to companies and regulating bodies to develop these new standards and implement them for the sake of customer safety and the survival of the mainstream CBD industry. However, in the meantime, CBD companies are doing quite well managing themselves, and the products they are producing are filling gaps in the market. As the industry evolves, new doors will be opened up in the food and beverage industry for the use of CBD oil and entrepreneurs will eagerly find ways to supply the demand.
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