These inspections, which in the case of Austria are carried out by regional authorities, still allow shop owners to object.
In 2018, a decree issued by the Austrian Ministry for Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection established that products containing cannabinoids that are put on the market as such or in food preparations are to be considered Novel Foods under the European framework, which restricts the marketing of food and dietary supplements not known to have been in use before 1997.
Ministry of Health officials contacted by CBD-Intel did not confirm any meaningful policy shifts since new minister Brigitte Zarfl assumed office in June 2019, while other sources have told CBD-Intel that they have witnessed some enforcement action since the change in government.
Most likely, the situation in Austria—which is mirrored by similar arguments in other parts of Europe—will remain uncertain for the foreseeable future, and suppliers of CBD food products should operate with vigilance.
Regulation in Austria
According to the rules set out by the European Commission, the classification of a product as Novel Food does not necessarily bar it from sale and that businesses can apply for Novel Food authorisation. National health authorities in all EU member states are then mandated to carry out inspections to ensure that no unsafe products are available on the market.
Magu has not had previously seized goods returned—though it has received advice on how to prevent similar products from falling foul of authorities in future.
“However the Austrian government’s body of regulations around CBD products has generated uncertainty and confusion among business owners that has not yet subsided,” she added.
So what does it all mean?
Nevertheless, it appears that Austrian appetite for enforcement may have fallen following a change in government. Sagmeister told CBD-Intel that she noticed a positive change in the attitude of health authorities since the government upheavals culminating in the general election at the end of September. “It’s a different approach to what it was before,” she said, adding that she had participated over the past year in meetings between government officials and businesses, who were given a chance to explain the CBD industry and some technical specifications of the products they sell.
CBD-Intel understands that the argument that CBD—in fact, any cannabinoid-containing hemp extract—was utlised in food prior to 1997, however in Europe CBD is currently not accepted by authorities at either EU or member state level.
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