‘Novel Foods,’ Europe’s hemp food history in focus at EIHA

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Hemp extracts and the EU’s Novel Foods Catalog will be in focus at this year’s European Industrial Hemp Association Conference June 5-6 in Cologne as stakeholders on the continent continue to work for rational rules for the hemp food sector.

Lorenza Romanese, EIHA Managing Director, will give an update on the Association’s lobbying efforts at the European Union in support of hemp food, CBD and other extracts.

EIHA is in the midst of an effort aimed at defining hemp extracts — most importantly CBD — as legacy foods in Europe, and therefore exempt from costly compliance rules under Novel Foods Catalogue guidelines.

EU’s hemp food history

To bolster the Association’s position, EIHA Board Member Catherine Wilson of CannaWell (UK) will give a presentation entitled “EU History of Hemp Flowers and Leaves Consumed in Foods – it is NOT Novel.”

HempToday’s annual magazine edition for the EIHA Conference also will take a look at the situation in the EU regarding hemp extracts in food, and trace the continent’s hemp food history.

Speaking about food

Also scheduled to speak about food during the Conference are EIHA board member Daniel Kruse, Founder and Managing Director of Hempro International GmbH & Co. KG, and HempConsult GmbH, (Germany), who will introduce Hemp Factory, a fully solar powered food processing facility that recently went online in Germany, and talk about modern food processing in general.

Rafael Dulon, Hanf Farm (Germany), will talk about “Hemp-based Food: A Worldwide Traditionally Known Source of Human Nutrition is being Rediscovered.”

Romanese also will give an overview of EIHA’s efforts to include the hemp industry’s perspective in the process of reforming the EU’s Common Agriculture Policy, a system of subsidies and support programs for the European farming sector.

Call for speakers ends April 30

More than 25 speakers are already confirmed for the EIHA’s 16th annual conference. They will speak under the general themes: Visions & the Global Hemp Industry; Country Reports; Agriculture & Processing; CBD; Hemp Fiber; Hemp Construction, Biocomposites and Paper; and Hemp Food.

The world’s most diverse and international gathering of hemp industry professionals, the EIHA Conference last year drew more than 300 hemp stakeholders representing over 40 countries.

Speaker applications for this year’s Conference are still being accepted. Applicants must submit abstracts by April 30.

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