New Standard Aids Hempseed Quality and Freshness for Food

ASTM International’s cannabis committee (D37) has approved a new standard that will provide a method for rapid, visual, on-site assessment of hemp seed spoilage. The new standard (D8400) will assist in managing food quality and productivity while maintaining consumer safety.

ASTM International member Terry Grajczyk, Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, says that the new standard is geared toward those who store hempseed for later processing into food or food ingredients.

“We want farmers, food companies, consumers, and all the links in between to know that this guide is supported by their sector as an achievable and credible way to assess potential spoiling and help their business deliver acceptable products,” says Grajczyk.

Grajczyk notes that the new standard outlines procedures to prepare hempseed for visual color comparison to a color chart and to adapt if needed to each company’s or farmer’s quality management of stored hempseed. Companies can add their decision trees on what to do if hempseed is close to spoiling and look for alternative uses if needed.

“Avoiding spoilage of hempseed and eventual throwaway of product can be proactive way to responsibly avoid wastage of would-be food products,” says Grajczyk. “The establishment of clear standards creates common terms of trade in domestic and international markets.”  
This effort directly relates to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #12 on responsible consumption and production, among others.

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October 29, 2021