In Australia and New Zealand, Application A1039 to allow Hemp Foods for consumption is still being considered. Both Food Standards and the Food Authority seem confused about the decision being delayed by The COAG Forum chaired by Julia Gillard, the Australian Premier. Although most authorities are confident for change, we Hemp Foods Australia would like to clarify that:
1) We manufacture and sell hemp oil, hemp seeds and hemp protein for external use only (cosmetic ingredients) – and for export only.
2) We can sell you product on the explicit understanding that we are not selling to you as a food and that you agree to this.
We are in the process of changing our packaging on our seeds and protein to add (an expensive process) labelling clearly both on the front and back – the intended uses of these products as permitted by law. Apparently an extra sticker saying not for human consumption was not clear enough!
This is in direct response to the Australian Authority who have warned us that we risk our business of employing numerous local people whose families now rely on the income generated by Hemp Foods Australia, the local farmers who were starting to feel some hope of an alternative to sugar cane farming that is no longer viable for them, as well as the hundreds of in-direct business’ that benefit directly from the business generated for the good of the Australian people.
A new petition has been launched on the front page of Hemp Foods Australia to support this cause.
In accordance with clause 1 of the Food Standards Code 1.4.4, Hemp Foods Australia Pty Ltd does not sell and will not supply prohibited food products, in accordance with the Food Standards Code and NSW Food Act 2003. Although hemp foods are allowed for use in North America and Europe, Hemp foods are not allowed for sales as a food in Australia and New Zealand (except for hemp oil in NZ). In no way do we intend to mis-lead our customers about the use of products being sold by us. Our hemp seeds, hemp protein powder and hemp oil are ONLY to be purchased if you understand they may be used for external use only or exported to a country where consumption is legal. By purchasing products from us you agree to these terms.