True Leaf Supports Effort to Petition FDA
True Leaf Medicine International Ltd. donated $10,000 to the Hemp Feed Coalition to advance its efforts to engage the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on new uses of hemp for pets.
The Hemp Feed Coalition, which includes True Leaf, is a diverse group of industry stakeholders. Its goal is to obtain FDA and Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) approval of new uses for hemp grain products in pet food and animal feed. Even though the newly signed Farm Bill legalizes hemp and recognizes it as an agricultural product, the FDA-CVM must still approve new pet products with added hemp.
“Hemp can play a vital role in helping our pets live happier, healthier lives,” said Darcy Bomford, founder and CEO of True Leaf. “That’s why we want to engage the FDA, assist the Hemp Feed Coalition through the petition process and champion this effort for safe and effective hemp-based pet food.”
The Hemp Feed Coalition is steering hemp grain products through the FDA’s Food Additive Petition process. The Hemp Feed Coalition expects to submit its first petition in 2019, which will open the door for hemp seed oil to be used in food for dogs and cats. Next, the Hemp Feed Coalition will prepare a petition for hemp protein powders for use in dog and cat food and start the process for hemp seed in cattle and horse feed. It expects to start the research phase for those petitions next year.
True Leaf matched the first $10,000 raised by the Hemp Feed Coalition during its campaign at the 2018 Hemp Industries Association Conference, for a total of $25,000. The money will directly fund the required clinical trials and the final submission of a Food Additive Petition to the FDA-CVM in early 2019.