The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is sending out letters to businesses selling hemp products. The state is requiring product registration to help protect consumers and pay for oversight.
In November the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, UDAF, began enforcing the Hemp and Cannabidiol Act rule requiring businesses to register hemp products with the state. Department Deputy Commissioner Scott Ericson said the agency is sending out letters this week.
"Letting them know that products that are sold in their stores need to be registered," he said.
UDAF has been tasked with monitoring and registering hemp products, including cannabidiol, or CBD.
"So there's full synthetic hemp oil and there is CBD oil. There are hundreds of cannabinoids. There is CBN and CBG. There are all sorts of different CB somethings," he said. "There are a whole host of products that I am not sure we even realized initially that would fit under this auspice of product registration that will need to be registered."
Hemp is also used in food. It can be ground into flour and is used in cosmetic products. More than 200 unregistered products are currently in the process of being registered through the UDAF.
Nearly 25 products formally registered with the State of Utah in December. Ericson said the department is well aware that unregistered hemp and CBD products are still being sold here.
"They will bring income to the state for that purpose to hire inspectors and people to make sure the industry is playing by the rules and is safe for consumers," Ericson said.
Because of new labeling requirements and the requirement of a certificate of analysis of each product from a third party lab, it is taking some companies a while to complete the registration process.
Violations of the act or its rules could result in a citation, fines; or seizure, embargo or destruction of the product being distributed. Enforcement by the agency will begin immediately with warning letters if UDAF inspectors find businesses selling unregistered products.