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On May 15, 2015, FDA posted on their website, FDA and Marijuana: Questions and Answers, a statement that the agency considers CBD products to be excluded from the definition of "dietary supplements." On August 1, 2016, FDA updated this statement and "concluded that it is a prohibited act to introduce or deliver for introduction into interstate commerce any food (including any animal food or feed) to which cannabidiol has been added."

Since the NHN Expo Standards are based on FDA and other regulations, Natural Products Expos have updated our exhibitor standards as follows:

Isolated or Added Cannabidiol (CBD) in dietary supplements and foods for human/pet consumption are not allowed at Natural Products Expos. The Expo standards department is requesting that exhibitors do not display, sample, highlight or promote anything as a CBD product.

Cosmetics and bulk CBD will be allowed for display until further notice. Full-Spectrum cannabinoid industrial hemp extract products may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Statement of Purpose: Our goal is to enhance public health and safety, support industry self-regulation and foster the responsible growth of our industry. We present these standards in a spirit of cooperation with current industry efforts to ensure quality and integrity. We also believe these standards will increase consumer confidence in products promoted in our publications, trade shows and Internet sites. For more information, click on:

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Links to federal regulatory bodies:

Food and Drug Administration
Federal Trade Commission
USDA National Organic Program

Standards department contacts:

Michelle Zerbib, Standards Director

Sarah Ela, Standards Specialist

Kim Templin, Standards Specialist

Gwen Easton, Standards Specialist

Shelley Sapsin, Standards Specialist

See our Standards Team in Action (video)