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Tetrahydrocannabinol Detected
in Hemp Seeds in Certain Food Products

Background

The Narcotics Division of the Security Bureau announced that traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) were found in the hemp seeds in a number of food products sampled.

The concerned food products are:

  • Nature’s Path Organic Granola Bars Chewy Hemp Plus Raisins
  • Itochu House Shichimi Red Pepper Mix
  • Assorted Chilli Pepper Yagenbor Nanami Togarashi
  • 日本HACHI七味唐辛子
  • S&B Assorted Chili Pepper.

Action Taken

The Government Chemist has tested samples of the above food products. According to the test results, THC was detected in the samples but at a very low level.

Based on the very low level of THC in the products concerned, the Department of Health and the Centre for Food Safety have advised that the normal consumption of the products is unlikely to pose psychotropic or adverse health effects.

The Customs and Excise Department has alerted the suppliers and the retailers of the sampled products. They have been reminded to avoid importing or dealing in products containing THC or hemp seeds containing THC in future.

What is THC?

THC is the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis. It affects the nervous system. Its main pharmacological effects depend on the amount of THC taken and include irritability and disturbance of memory and judgment.

THC is a substance regulated under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (Cap. 134). The possession and dealing in the drug is in contravention to the law. Licences are only granted for the import of products containing dangerous drugs which have legitimate medicinal uses.

Advice to the Public

Given the very low level of THC detected in the products concerned, normal consumption of the products is unlikely to pose psychotropic or adverse health effects.

Advice to the Trade

Exercise due care and avoid importing or dealing in products containing THC or hemp seeds containing THC in future.

 

Narcotics Division
Security Bureau
15 June 2007

 

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Last Revision Date : 01-11-2010