BRUCE MOUNSTER | November 09, 2012 01.30pm
TASMANIAN farmers are cautiously welcoming a breakthrough in their battle to allow drug-free hemp products into Australian food.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has announced its approval of the use of Cannabis sativa — with low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol in both seed and seed oil — as a food.
Hemp crops with THC levels as low as zero have been grown in Tasmania under strict licensing arrangements, but oil and seed products could only be used for cosmetics and animal consumption in Australia.
Industrial Hemp Association of Tasmania president Phil Reader said he hoped federal and state health ministers would ratify FSANZ’s decision when they met next month.
Mr Reader said FSANZ reached the same conclusion in 2002, but had been overruled by the Howard Government