It has now been for the longest time that CBD companies are advised to have enough understanding of labeling laws for their specific states of operation.
Since these laws are everywhere, companies only manage to follow those which are common. However, state requirements differ all across the world and are unique to each state as well.
In this article, you would get to know about the CBD labeling requirement for Florida. The article will cover labeling guidelines for CBD food products.
There's no doubt, that establishing a CBD business goes through a bumpy ride. While some are happy after making it through, some are not. No need to worry anymore!
This ultimate Florida CBD labeling guide will aid you much throughout your CBD journey.
How Does Florida Define CBD products?
Florida is among all such states which prioritize their consumer wellness a lot. Therefore, Florida only allows CBD marketers to deal in hemp-based CBD products.
The state defines hemp-based CBD products as intended for drinking and eating. Unlike many other states, Florida does not consider CBD a controlled substance.
However, certain conditions are applied here as well!
The hemp must be derived from plants with less than 0.3% THC component by weight. Moreover, CBD labels are required on all CBD-based products in Florida. Read ahead to know about basic labeling requirements!
Preliminary CBD Labeling Requirements
Before going into depth about the labeling requirements, here are few preliminary requirements that must be fulfilled. An overview of these requirements is given below:
- Your CBD products are bound to abide by the labeling rules if they are being manufactured within the state. Moreover, the condition applies even if you are importing them for sale within the state.
- All the CBD products must be tested by a third-party laboratory.
- If you are running an online business, make sure that the manufacturer is permitted to run product manufacturing and add labels as per your state of operation.
- All CBD products must have labels both, on the outside box and on the container of the product as well.
- If the product has multiple packaging layers, the general recommendation will be applied to the core packaging containing the ingredients. However, the outer box will follow the other labeling requirements.
- Fonts and sizes of labeling must be abiding by the state's recommendations. All the information must be in English and not greater than a one-sixteenth inch in height.
- The word “supplement” should be added for all the products to be used by humans.
- Moreover, the packaging and label must limit the light exposure to the product. It is to secure the products from any sort of contamination.
Step-by-step Guide on Florida CBD Labeling Requirement
Labeling requirements for general food products, prepackaged food, and animals are almost similar in one way or another.
Thus, the basic six-step-by-step labeling requirements for all CBD products are as follows:
Research FDCA labeling guidelines in Florida
All states which allow the use of CBD products require labels that comply with the FDCA (Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Art) labeling requirement. With respect to CBD, the current ongoing requirements are as follows:
- The label must contain an identity statement. As the name indicated, the statement reveals the nature of the product and answers the question i.e. what is the product?
- It must also contain the net weight statement. It stands for the quantity or volume of the product within the container.
- The label must also include a list of all the ingredients with a clear mention of hemp and CBD for consumer awareness. However, this is a controversial requirement, as many dealers skip it with the hope to mitigate legal actions, which is not a wise decision of course.
- Lastly, it must include the name and addresses of all the contributors involved. This may include manufacturer, packer, distributor, etc.
As the CBD industry is evolving at a revolutionary speed, these requirements will keep on changing. Thus, one must research these requirements before moving ahead with the business plan.
Develop an understanding of the FDA disclaimer
The requirement of the FDA disclaimer varies from state to state. However, the state of Florida requires a disclaimer stating that the "FDA has not evaluated the claims of the product".
It means that certain products come with claims of treatment and cure while others come with a disclaimer of allergic reactions. These statements represent that any of these claims or disclaimers are not evaluated by FDA, and thus should be relied upon on personal responsibility.
Thus, one must have a thorough understanding of these warning labels and how they should be used for each product category.
Explore the claims you can use
While FDA does allow the use of claims on labels, medical or health claims are a big turn-off for them as well. Explicit health claims are obvious to distress them.
A product claiming to cure migraine, any disease or sickness is most likely to upset the agency. This is one of the most common problems with CBD labels in Florida.
Thus, it’s on you to do some research about the type of labels that are FDA-friendly. As per our knowledge, claims such as "help", "support" or "promotes" concerning normal body functioning are acceptable and allowed by FDA.
Moreover, a CBD attorney can further help you mitigate such issues with the labeling of the products as per your regional laws as well.
Requirement of Bar and QR code
Technology has made its way to food items and purchases as well. More and more states now require a scan-able bar code or QR code on the label of the product.
As mentioned above, Florida care enough about consumer wellness and thus require these codes so that consumer can review the makers and product information.
It is to verify if the product they are about to purchase is actually CBD or not. The bar code or QR code must be linked to the document containing the following information:
- Product name
- Batch number
- Batch date
- Batch size
- The total amount of quantity produced
- The expiration date, must not be more than 2 years after the date of manufacturing
- Certificate of analysis, which is the evidence of your product's compliance with the regulations, issued by a third-party laboratory.
5. Mention Cannabinoid content
Labeling regulations also require the mention of cannabinoid concentration on each product. Though it is not an FDCA requirement yet it adds to the trust and authenticity of your product.
The goal here is to develop a transparent relationship with the consumers such that they are aware of what they are consuming.
6. Nutrition Panel and Prescribed Warning
The requirement of a nutrition panel is mandatory unless it is exempted for a specific product. This panel helps the consumer in making the purchase.
Being aware of the serving size ingredients, quantities of sugar, fat, carbohydrates and key vitamins can help them in making an informed purchase decision.
However, adding any fake information, which is not in compliance with the product can put you in great trouble.
Similarly, the prescribed warnings must be stated as clear! If any of the components tend to cause serious harm or exposure to diseases such as reproductive harm, cancer, etc., customers should be kept informed about the warnings.
How can CBD boxes help you?
Running a CBD business is never free of challenges. Thanks to labeling requirements for adding to the struggle.
While labeling requirement varies with each state, it becomes difficult for the entrepreneurs to abide by each regulation.
Thanks to CBD boxes for taking care of all the issues pertaining to packaging. With the services extended all across US and Canada, we deliver both packaging and satisfaction.
CBD boxes also help with customized packaging. By spending most of the time on research and innovation, the company is well informed of the updated labeling requirements so you can trust our name for your packaging requirement.
As noted so far, CBD labeling requirements are a major hassle and a big complication. While we are exposed to the junk of confusing information on the internet, abiding by the above-mentioned regulations or contacting a CBD attorney can further ease it down for you!