Effective immediately, dietary supplements containing cannabidiol may not be exhibited on the Natural Products Expos or Engredea show floors, until further notice.
This move is part of the latest phase of updates to the Natural Products Expo ingredient standards, which aim to ensure the quality of the Natural Products Expo brand and help preserve the integrity of the term “natural.” The standards are updated and refined over time in an effort to be responsive to regulatory actions as well as comments and concerns from industry manufacturers, distributors, brokers and retailers.
On May 15, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted on its website: FDA and Marijuana: Questions and Answers, in which the agency stated it considers CBD products to be excluded from the definition of “dietary supplements.”
Because the New Hope Natural Media Expo Exhibitor Standards are based on FDA and other regulations, discussions at the executive management level were held to determine an effective policy with respect to CBD. A decision was initially made to not allow "foods, supplements and cosmetics containing cannabidiol to be exhibited on the Natural Products Expos or Engredea show floors, until further notice."
However, as a result of additional discussions, comments and suggestions from various industry members and advisors, the New Hope Standards policy stating “foods, supplements and cosmetics containing cannabidiol may not be exhibited on the Natural Products Expos or Engredea show floors, until further notice" has been revised.
Natural Products Expos has updated its exhibitor standards as follows:
Cannabidiol (CBD) dietary supplements are not allowed at Natural Products Expos.
The expo standards department is requesting that exhibitors not display, sample or promote CBD products packaged or labeled as dietary supplements, based on the FDA’s statement that the agency considers CBD products to be excluded from the definition of “dietary supplements.”
Foods, cosmetics and bulk CBD will be allowed for display until further notice.
Additional updates to Expo ingredient standards include the addition of hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup and added monosodium glutamate to the list of prohibited ingredients, effective as of Expo East 2016. Most manufacturers have already voluntarily removed these ingredients from their products, said Steve Taormina, standards director at New Hope Natural Media.
Exhibitors should be aware that other prohibited ingredients include:
Artificial colors (FD&C Colors)
High-fructose corn syrup—beginning at Expo East 2016
MSG—beginning at Expo East 2016
Trans fat/hydrogenated oils and/or partially hydrogenated oils—beginning at Expo East 2016
Cannabidiol (CBD)—until further notice
A more thorough explanation of the Natural Products Expo standards policy is available here.