Inspectors with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on Thursday announced they had uncovered more than 8,700 hemp extract-edible packages that were attractive to, or marketed to, children.
The products, which officials say run afoul of a law passed earlier this year, were discovered at Top Private Label Co. in Daytona Beach and officials issued a stop-sale order against the company.
The law, passed in July, added age requirements for the purchase of hemp products intended for human consumption, included a prohibition on marketing that targets children, mandates that products sold in Florida are packaged in a safe container, and requires ingestible hemp products are held to the same health and safety standards as other food products.
To enforce these law changes, in July and August, the Agriculture Department conducted what it describes as “the largest ever” inspection of businesses selling products that contain hemp extracts. The statewide inspection specifically targeted the sale of hemp extract products that are attractive and marketed to children and included inspections of more than 700 businesses in all 67 Florida counties. Ther sweeps uncovered more than 83,000 packages of hemp extract products, including THC products that officials say target children.
Since July 1, the department has uncovered over 107,400 packages of hemp extract products that they say target children, in violation of state law.
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Florida Officials Uncover 8,700+ Hemp Products ‘Attractive to Children’ in Latest Crackdown