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NIHC urges FDA approval of hemp seeds for animal feed

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WashingtonAnd the November 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – President and CEO of the American Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC) Patrick Atage Sent a letter today to the commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration Robert Cliff Urge approval of hemp seeds as an ingredient in animal feed.

The message comes after a widespread presence Webinar hosted by NIHC and the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). The meeting brought together officials from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the FDA, industry stakeholders, and policy makers from across the country. The August webinar highlighted the science related to animal nutrition and was attended by more than 1,000 government regulators, veterinary professionals, and cannabis industry advocates.

Atagi points to the numerous clinical trials on hemp seed components in animal feed by Land Grant Universities and others that have been submitted to the FDA that all show the same result, that there is no transition of hemp into the country’s food supply chain from animals raised on hemp seed meal. These results were consistent across different animal species, including laying hens, pigs and dairy cows.

As Ataji pointed out, The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) said earlier this year Hemp seeds are not considered a controlled substance.

“Cannabis is an environmentally responsible, locally grown alternative,” Atagi said. “Given the high costs associated with grain shortages worldwide, a sustainable American hemp crop is a nutritious source for animal feed and can lower the cost of agricultural feed inputs. This will be good news not only for farmers but for consumers who are now struggling with rising costs of milk, meat and eggs.”

You can show a copy of the NIHC letter to the FDA over here.

About NIHC

The National Industrial Hemp Council of America provides high-quality networks and resources to its members, from farm to consumer. Its leadership consists of senior international professionals, federal, private sector, and government professionals across the sector. The organization is dedicated to promoting market development, assisting members in entering the industry, and educating consumers on industrial hemp and its applications. For more information, please go to www.nihcoa.com.

SOURCE National Industrial Hemp Council


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