STE. AGATHE, Manitoba, Dec. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Hemp Oil Canada, Inc., the global leader in ingredients, announces that the company's complete line of hemp seeds, oil and protein powder have received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS). This is a significant first for the hemp industry, as Hemp Oil Canada is the only company to proactively gather and provide the scientific evidence necessary to affirm this sought-after Food and Drug Administration designation, which recognizes a substance as safe among experts.
The following statement was issued by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.:
"We are announcing that the agency has completed our evaluation of three Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) notices related to hulled hemp seeds, hemp seed protein and hemp seed oil and that the agency had no questions regarding the company's conclusion that the use of such products as described in the notices is safe. Therefore, these products can be legally marketed in human foods for these uses without food additive approval, provided they comply with all other requirements and do not make disease treatment claims."
"We are entering a new era for hemp in America," says Bill Chiasson, chief executive officer of Hemp Oil Canada. "FDA support for our GRAS status removes all barriers for food makers, ingredient buyers, and mass-market food service buyers to use these protein-packed, omega-rich hemp foods in their product offerings. Hemp foods are experiencing explosive growth based on consumer demand for powerful, plant-based nutrition."
Added Ryan Bracken, vice president of innovation at Hemp Oil Canada, "Achieving clearance of our GRAS submission was an in-depth and exhaustive process, and we appreciate the rigor by which the FDA reviewed our research. For the past 20 years, we have confidently supplied the highest quality hemp ingredients, nevertheless we are excited to achieve this historic FDA 'first.' This represents an opportunity to broaden consumer access to the nutritional benefits of hemp seeds and bring an even broader array of the highest quality hemp-based ingredients to consumers."
For more information on Hemp Oil Canada, visit hempoilcanada.com.
About Hemp Oil Canada
In 1998, Hemp Oil Canada opened Canada's first hemp-exclusive seed processing facility. Since then, it has established itself as a leader in the hemp industry by setting food safety and quality standards and creating new hemp food ingredients to meet customers' growing needs. In its two BRC AA+ rated facilities, Hemp Oil Canada processes natural and organic hemp seeds which are sold as hulled hemp seed, toasted hemp seed, hemp seed oil and hemp protein powders. Its most recent innovation includes HempBev 65, developed for increased functionality in ready-to-mix powdered beverages. The high dispersibility is ideal for wet mix or slurry applications and helps prevent issues in processing.
Every decision we make, every action we take, and every interaction we create is influenced by how it will impact the community and environment around us. Embracing this mission, we're proud to be a Certified B Corporation. Hemp Oil Canada is the ingredients division of Fresh Hemp Foods. Fresh Hemp Foods also has a branded consumer products division doing business as Manitoba Harvest.
SOURCE Hemp Oil Canada