Hemp-fed chickens lay eggs enriched with essential fatty acids

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Hemp Food Coalition Reaches “Crucial Milestone”

The Hemp Feed Coalition (HFC) in the United States is celebrating the significant progress it has made in gaining federal approval for the use of hemp seed products in animal feed.

The Miracle Product: Hemp Seed Flour

Among the many agricultural uses of hemp is hemp seed meal (HSM), a byproduct of cold pressing hemp seed oil for human consumption. Although considered a residual product, it retains a significant amount of protein and other essential nutrients – and appears to be enjoyed by livestock such as sheep, cows and chickens.

Historic Approval in Sight

At the recent biannual meeting of the Association of American Food Control Officials (AAFCO), hemp seed meal received tentative approval for laying hens. The recommendation for approval from the FDA-Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA-CVM), which was unopposed, portends final approval by the AAFCO board and members. If this comes to fruition, it will be adopted into official publication later this year.

Nutritional Advances

“This historic milestone has been in the works for over three years and will allow processors to incorporate hemp seed meal into laying hen feed as a source of protein and fat, up to 20%. ”, declares the HFC.

Additionally, the flour will contain a maximum of 20 parts per million (ppm) of total cannabidiol (total CBD = CBD + (CBDA x 0,877)) and a maximum of 2 ppm of total tetrahydrocannabinol (total THC = delta-9-THC + (THCA x 0,877)); tiny quantities.

Better Quality Eggs

The HFC states that evidence indicates that the incorporation of flour from hemp seeds can significantly improve egg quality.

“In particular, chickens hemp-fed lay eggs enriched with essential fatty acids such as ALA, DHA and GLA, as well as increased amounts of lutein, known to support human health.”

Hemp Feed Coalition Claims “Landmark Achievement”

Most importantly, and addressing concerns that have so far prevented its approval by regulators, the FDA-CVM's assessment of corn seed flour hemp concluded that it is a safe source and viable proteins and fats, and that any potential cannabinoid contaminants do not transfer into food products intended for human consumption.

“Safe, nutritious alternatives like hemp seed meal improve the efficiency of entire U.S. food supply chains,” the Coalition says. “Feed mills are eagerly awaiting this approval, having recognized the potential of hemp-based food products for a long time. HFC looks forward to collaborating with feed producers to incorporate hemp seed meal as a viable solution to their supply challenges.”

Tags : Food Textile and Agriculture
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