“We are now seeing CBD-containing products everywhere,” noted the FDA. “CBD can be found in many different products, like drugs, foods, products marketed as dietary supplements, and cosmetics. These products often make questionable health promises about CBD. FDA wants you to know there may be serious risks to using cannabis products, including those containing CBD, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.”
Although there is no comprehensive research on the effects of CBD on the developing fetus, pregnant mother, or breastfed baby, the FDA states that it “is continuing to collect and study the data on the possible harmful effects of CBD during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. However, based on what we do know, there is significant cause for concern.”
Among the potential dangers noted by the FDA are that high doses of CBD in pregnant test animals “have caused problems with the reproductive system of developing male fetuses. In addition, based on what we already know about CBD, we expect that some amount of CBD will be transferred to babies through breast milk.”
The FDA also warns of the potential for CBD products to be contaminated with substances that may pose a risk to the fetus or breastfed baby, including THC. “We have also heard reports of CBD potentially containing other contaminants (e.g., pesticides, heavy metals, bacteria, and fungus); we are investigating this.”
The agency stated that it will be studying the effects of CBD use from different angles, including “(1) the use of CBD-containing products, like food, cosmetics, or supplements, over a person’s entire life; and (2) the effects of using these various products in combination. There are many unanswered questions about the science, safety, and quality of products containing CBD.”
Scientists from the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have identified a new way to detect the presence of live African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) that minimizes the need for samples from live animals and provides easier access to veterinary labs that need to diagnose the virus.
The report, prepared by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service in coordination with the Office of the Chief Economist, summarizes market conditions, fed cattle prices, boxed beef values, and the spread before and after the fire and plant closure at the Tyson Holcomb, Kan., plant, and before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released a draft approach that aims to harmonize assessments of the intake of these nutrients, the potentially hazardous properties of excessive intakes, and the overall risks for consumers.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that routine inspections of small businesses to verify compliance with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Intentional Adulteration (IA) rule will begin in March 2021.
On July 13, Stephen M. Hahn, commissioner for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced the release of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety blueprint.