Idaho is banning hemp and hemp-derived products, including CBD, intended for animal use starting Nov. 1.
The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) said in a statement July 20 that it does not acknowledge such products as a legal animal feed or remedy ingredient, adding that these products are also not approved as legal feed ingredients by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).
“Safe levels of hemp and hemp-derived products in animal feed have not yet been established under federal or state law. As such, these products are not approved feed ingredients and cannot lawfully be added to or incorporated into commercial feed. This includes feeds, treats and remedies intended for pets, livestock, or any other animal,” ISDA said.
Animal remedies are considered dosage-type supplements, which are used to aid animal health, structure or function. The IDSA stated that it recognizes several of these products “are adulterated and are being unlawfully marketed and distributed in Idaho.”
“ISDA is charged with ensuring commercial feeds for livestock and pets are safe, nutritious, and labeled correctly. Idaho Code 25-2712 (1) states that it is unlawful to ‘manufacture or distribut[e] any commercial feed that is adulterated or misbranded.’ Therefore, pursuant to state law and consistent with the FDA and AAFCO, the ISDA has not approved hemp or hemp-derived products for animal use,” ISDA said.
The policy will take effect Nov 1. The ISDA said it would continue to work with the industry, regulatory partners, AAFCO, and the FDA to develop standards and regulations for feed ingredients.