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CBD Oil Not Allowed as Food Additive

Butte County says the sale of cannabis products are prohibited and any business using CBD Oil as a food additive could face penalties.

Posted: Apr 17, 2018 5:47 PM
Updated: Apr 17, 2018 6:11 PM

Three weeks ago we told you about a few local Butte County businesses offering CBD Oil as a food additive.


Since CBD Oil is derived from marijuana plants, those businesses were told they could not sell cannabis products including CBD Oil.

Legalized cannabis is still a fairly new topic here in California.

Butte County says the sale of cannabis products are prohibited and any business using CBD Oil as a food additive could face penalties.

McSpadden says, "There's oil that can be derived from the hemp based products and there's oil that can be derived by cannabis. All of the cannabis products are not approved for retail sales in Butte County."

The Butte County Environmental Health Department says they became aware of businesses offering CBD Oil in food from the story Action News Now ran about three-weeks ago.

CBD Oil has been said to provide healing properties.

Since it's still a developing topic, director Elaine McSpadden said they had to do more research on it.

McSpadden says, "We worked with the State Dept of Public Health and the FDA to determine that CBD Oil in general is not an approved food additive or dietary supplement that we can add to food products, but it can be sold in commercially pre-packaged containers."

McSpadden says the businesses that had the CBD Oil additive have since stopped offering it as part of their menu... but they could sell the pre-packaged products.

If any CBD Oil products are found that don't meet county guidelines during a routine inspection, that business could face major violations.

Right now she says there's still a lot of learning to be done.

McSpadden says, "It is a new and emerging topic here in California, and as new information becomes available from the state we'll be providing that information to our food facilities."

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