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The Extract Exclusive: Irish Hemp Co-Op to meet with FSAI to resolve CBD issues

The Hemp Co-Op of Ireland 2020 AGM will welcome Dr Pat O’Mahony from The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) to discuss the recent, highly controversial FSAI report.

Dr O’Mahony coordinated the 2019/2020 survey of hemp-based products and is responsible for a number of regulatory issues including novel foods. He also represents Ireland on three
European Food Safety Authority expert groups that deal with novel foods.

The FSAI report highlighted labelling and regulatory issues that led to numerous CBD products being recalled. Naturally, this sparked outrage amongst various Irish CBD interest groups.

A number of organisations including the Hemp Federation of Ireland and the Irish Industrial Hemp Association have issued their respective press statements demanding the FSAI withdraw their report.

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The Extract spoke with Laura Foley, a spokeswoman for the Irish Hemp Co-op who believes that an open, honest and frank discussion is the only solution to this crisis, saying:

“In the wake of the recent FSAI survey, The Hemp Cooperative of Ireland felt it was important for our members to have a clear understanding of the recent FSAI survey and the importance of compliant food product labelling. It is important that our members have the tools to ensure accurate testing.”

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The AGM which is set to take place on Saturday the 7th of March 2020 in Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick from 1 pm to 3 pm. Attendees must be existing co-op members or people can join on the day for €100 annual fee.

Dr Lena Madden from Limerick Institute of Technology will also be in attendance to discuss the FSAI report and speak about accurate testing and food labelling for CBD and hemp products.

The Extract will be present and the first to bring you the most anticipated update in Ireland’s growing hemp and CBD Industry.

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Johnny Hughes

Johnny Hughes is an avid writer and advocate of cannabis-based medications. Following a decade in corporate banking, Jonny transitioned his part-time love of writing into a blossoming full-time career.

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