CBD: 3 Steps to Cannabis Quality and Food Safety
With states such as Arizona, South Dakota, and Mississippi voting on cannabis legalization this November, it’s an important time to discuss ways to ensure food safety when it comes to manufacturing cannabis edibles and beverages.
As the industry evolves, more and more innovative CBD products are becoming available to the masses. Unfortunately, many of these products remain unregulated and untested. With the recent cases of vape-related hospitalizations and a number of studies citing significant differences between CBD labels and actual ingredients, consumers are seeking brands they can trust.
Here are some ways your company can meet and exceed their expectations.
For food manufacturing plants, quality controls are implemented beforehand and verified throughout the process. But for edibles, quality control often only takes place after manufacturing (if at all) in a lab. These labs test for potency, a critical factor in dosing for medicinal purposes. Patients receiving inaccurate dosages or poor-quality products containing illicit additives could find their health at risk.
Considering THC products are regularly tested for microbes, pesticides, and heavy metals (sometimes with positive results), there’s no reason CBD products should forego this important step. Allowing products with over-the-limit amounts of mold, mildew, bacteria, and yeast can be detrimental to public health, especially for immunocompromised patients who make up a significant amount of cannabis product users. Lab testing works to identify and mitigate the risk of contaminated products reaching your customers.
Employ A Food Safety Expert
With the inevitable federal acceptance of cannabis use and regulation of CBD products, an increasing number of companies are hiring food safety consultants to help them meet local, state, and FDA regulations while elevating internal process controls. A knowledgeable advisor will not only aid your company in developing and implementing Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and SOPs, but can also assist with systems such as GFSI, HACCP, allergen control, and pest management.
Because state guidelines vary when it comes to cannabis products, hiring a professional who understands specific GMP requirements for dietary supplements and foods can be an amazing asset to your business. In an industry so widely unregulated, working with a food safety expert to obtain cGMP certification can help your company stand out as one that prioritizes the highest level of quality and customer protection.
Equipped with the benefits of testing and food safety support, your company can inform customers on what makes your products top-tier quality, backed by documented results and certifications. Giving your brand a marketing edge, you’re able to show your customers the proactive measures you’ve taken to ensure your products are pure, safe, and effective, and that their health and wellness is your top priority.
We’re Here To Help
Avert is not only equipped with over 20 years of hands-on food safety experience, but we’ve also partnered with companies in the cannabis industry to ensure safety, quality, and brand protection. We work with all types of food and dietary supplement businesses and are ready to help with your certification, inspection, program development, and training needs.
The health and safety of your customers is important. Become a brand they know they can trust.
Matthew McClure provides sound strategies that instill cost-effective methods for building robust food safety, operational and quality assurance programs. Along with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Microbiology from The University of Akron and an MBA in Finance from Louisiana State University, Matthew brings over 20 years of experience in the food safety industry to AVERT Food Safety Advisors. His knowledge spans many areas including FDA food processing facilities, USDA meat and poultry plants, dietary supplement manufacturers, retail, cannabis manufacturing, and food service operations.
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