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EDIBLES SAFETY PLAN

As of October 17, 2018, The Cannabis Act currently permits the sale of:

  • Cannabis oil
  • Fresh cannabis
  • Dried cannabis
  • Cannabis plant seeds
  • Cannabis plants

The sale of edibles containing cannabis and cannabis concentrates would be permitted within 1 year after the coming into force date of the Cannabis Act. Although not yet legal, a cannabis food safety plan must be considered to ensure you are producing edibles that are safe for the consumer. A well-documented and functioning plan can take anywhere between 6-9 months to develop and even longer for a complicated process.

When preparing to produce or distribute cannabis products, a major consideration should be food safety as the product is intended for human consumption. Cannabis manufacturers should enact a number of environmental controls to reduce the risk of contamination. These controls could include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Managing suppliers
  • Proper cannabis storage & handling protocol
  • Food allergen control
  • Equipment and facility cleaning
  • Regimented sanitation practices (e.g., employee hand washing and clothing regulations)
  • A pest control plan to prevent fecal/pathogen contamination
  • Facility design for floor drainage to prevent standing water
  • Proper air filtration & pressurized
  • Food consumption areas be physically separate from toilet facilities
  • Labels and packaging be stored in organized fashion to reduce labeling errors
  • Food safety procedures should be implemented and regularly monitored (e.g., written logs or computerized data logs)

Similar to traditional food manufacturers, a good food safety-based plan must include good manufacturing practices, in addition to, identifying potential hazards (biological, chemical or physical) in your food production process. One of the ways this can be achieved is developing a HACCP compliant program.

Cannabis License Experts offers expertise in developing food safety systems for all food manufacturers. Please contact us for more information on how to get started.


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