We are so pleased to finally say that the way is now open for hemp seed foods in Australia and New Zealand.

At a meeting on the 28th April 2017 Ministers gave their approval and we should see foods on our shelves legal for consumption in November 2017.


There are a few restrictions, ones that don’t really need to there, but as we have been involved with growing industrial hemp here in Tasmania since 1999 their requirements are achievable. These restrictions have not been enforced on overseas producers.

In particular we would like to thank the Tasmanian Government for their continued support in this approval process.


So, please stay tuned for new products being available for November.


FSANZ (Food Standards Australia and New Zealand) have assessed the latest application to allow hemp food and have approved it for food. However, Government Ministers are yet to give final approval. The initial application was initially approved by the then named ANZFA (Australia and New Zealand Food Authority) back in 2000 – but alas, Government Ministers at the time would not allow the approval stating that to allow hemp foods would be condoning the use of drugs and would send a mixed message.

Australia is the ONLY WESTERN COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WHERE THIS HIGHLY NUTRITIOUS FOOD is still banned. Even the USA—where hemp cultivation is still against the law (things are changing though)–allows consumers the numerous benefits of hemp.

This is an on-going process where delays in making a decision by the Government are constantly occurring.

Please lobby your local Ministers and MP’s to ensure they are aware of the benefits of hemp food products. Not just the benefits for the consumer but for our farmers and the legitimate Australian-grown and Product of Australia industry.

Press release from Tasmania 29/1/2015

http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/releases/unlocking_the_potential_of_industrial_hemp  Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries and Water today announced reforms for Tasmanian farmers in the hemp industry.  We look forward to seeing the licencing procedures streamlined and we sincerely hope that the effort that this Minister has put forward comes to fruition.

Hemp Australia is working with the Industrial Hemp Association of Tasmania (IHAT) and the Tasmanian government to assist in the formulation of new legislation which we hope will see more opportunity for Tasmania farmers and the hemp industry.

July 2015 is the next scheduled meeting of the food forum. Hemp food laws are still being investigated.


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