By: Joshua Waldrop
New York City has enacted a sweeping ban on CBD as a food and drink additive citing an FDA technicality preventing the agency from endorsing the cannabinoid as a food supplement. The city’s Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene, citing the FDA’s reticence, has deemed CBD “unsafe” and has authorized spot inspections where restaurateurs are seeing CBD-infused food and beverage products embargoed and threatened with steep fines for continued violations, according to the New York Times.
Under current regulations, the FDA does not recognize CBD as a permissible food additive due to its prior inclusion in drug testing.
“Restaurants in New York City are not permitted to add anything to food or drink that is not approved as safe to eat,” the NYC Department of Health said in a statement to Forbes. “The Health Department takes seriously its responsibility to protect New Yorkers’ health. Until cannabidiol (CBD) is deemed safe as a food additive, the Department is ordering restaurants not to offer products containing CBD.”
According to Eater NY, the DOH pointed to similar bans on CBD-infused foods in cities like Los Angeles, where cannabis is even legal. Starting in July, violators will see fines between $200 and $650, according to the NY Post.
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