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Hemp food decision delayed in Australia

Calendar icon 26th December 2016

Food regulation in Australia can be baffling sometimes. It’s so easy to walk into a supermarket and fill your trolley with foods that can potentially undermine your health like litres of soft drink and cheap doughnuts. Yet if you want to buy hemp seed, a source of vitamins and minerals and a rich source of protein and healthy omega-3 fat, it’s still officially banned for use as a food.

However, as the man behind the counter in a health food store selling $12 packets of hemp seed explained to me recently, he was legally able to sell  me the product providing I only used it for non food purposes – as a body scrub perhaps- and didn’t accidentally sprinkle some on my muesli.

Food regulation in Australia can be baffling sometimes. It’s so easy to walk into a supermarket and fill your trolley with foods that can potentially undermine your health like litres of soft drink and cheap doughnuts. Yet if you want to buy hemp seed, a source of vitamins and minerals and a rich source of protein and healthy omega-3 fat, it’s still officially banned for use as a food.

However, as the man behind the counter in a health food store selling $12 packets of hemp seed explained to me recently, he was legally able to sell  me the product providing I only used it for non food purposes – as a body scrub perhaps- and didn’t accidentally sprinkle some on my muesli.

"If hemp is so good for us, why isn’t it on the supermarket shelf along with other seeds like chia, pepitas, flax and sunflower seed?"

However, as the man behind the counter in a health food store selling $12 packets of hemp seed explained to me recently, he was legally able to sell  me the product providing I only used it for non food purposes – as a body scrub perhaps- and didn’t accidentally sprinkle some on my muesli.

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