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Hemp & CBD Industry Poll: 20/02/2023

Conducted by The Hemp Hound Agency



The following poll has been created due to the FSA awarding a contract to review Novel Food regulations to a company called Deloitte, who amongst others have ties to GW/Jazz Pharmaceuticals and British Associated Foods/British Sugar.


Both companies have interests in Novel Foods, and one has historically tried to disrupt the hemp and CBD industry since 2016, so why did Deloitte win that contract?


What's also of interest is that The FSA seem to have hidden the fact that Deloitte had won that contract until 14/02/2023, and publicly announced it 24 hours later even though Deloitte won it back in 12/12/2022. Why would they do that?


Click here for more details on this matter, and if you could, please take time to answer the 20 short questions below. The results of this pole will be submitted to the FSA before 28/02/2023, which is the date that Deloitte are due to submit their recommendations



Question 1

Do you own or work for a company that makes or sells hemp or CBD based food supplemental products

  • 0%Yes

  • 0%No


Question 2

Have you or the company you work for submitted a Novel Foods application for hemp and CBD based products?

  • Yes

  • No


Question 3

Are you aware of GW Pharmaceuticals, who in 2021 were brought by Jazz Pharmaceuticals?

  • Yes

  • No


Question 4

Are you aware of British Sugar, who converted from tomatoes to growing cannabis in 2016, and are licenced on the basis of supplying GW/Jazz Pharmaceuticals?

  • Yes

  • No


Question 5

Did you know that these two companies are represented somewhat by a company called Deloitte?

  • Yes

  • No


Question 6

Are you aware that the FSA released a tender on 03/10/22 for an independent review of the Novel Food regulations?

  • Yes

  • No


Question 7

Did you know that Deloitte won that contract to independently review Novel food regulations?

  • Yes

  • No


Question 8

As they have GW/Jazz and British Sugar as clients, would it be fair to say there are conflicts of interest with Deloitte's reviewing Novel Food regulations?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Not sure


Question 9

Did you know that despite Deloitte winning that contract on 12/12/22, the tender itself was removed from the government website until 14/02/23?

  • Yes

  • No


Question 10

Do you think it's right for the FSA to announce a contract on 15/02/23, 13 days before completion, to an industry that could be heavily effected by the outcome?

  • Yes

  • No


Question 11

With everything that has happened with Novel Foods, do you think it's possible that the FSA were hiding who won that contract from the hemp and CBD industry?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Not sure


Question 12

Considering the questions above, do you think that Deloitte is the ideal company to perform and independent review of Novel Food regulations?

  • Yes

  • No


Question 13

Do you think that the FSA performed due diligence into who they awarded the contract to independently review Novel Food regulations?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Not sure


Question 14

Do you think that Deloitte would have declared their interests to the FSA upon applying for the contract to independently review Novel Food regulations?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Not sure


Question 15

Do you think that the FSA are listening to the UK hemp and CBD industry's concerns in regards to Novel Food?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Not sure


Question 16

Considering the questions above, do you have confidence in the FSA's ability to fairly conduct the Novel Food process for hemp and CBD products?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Not sure


Question 17

Further considering the questions above, do you have confidence in Deloitte being able to provide a fair review of Novel Food regulations that is unbiased?

  • Yes

  • No


Question 18


Which of the below best describes how you feel Novel Food for CBD products has been managed by the FSA?

  • Excellently

  • Very good

  • Good

  • Ok


Question 19

If it was confirmed that the FSA ignored conflicts of interest to the detriment of the hemp and CBD industry, do you think that is grounds for legal action?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Not sure


Question 20

Would you agree that it's time for the industry as a whole to come together, associations and organisations, to reclaim food supplemental hemp and CBD products?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Not sure


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Thank you for your time, the results of this poll will be released on Thursday the 24th of February, and from there will be submitted to the FSA after being shared with any trade association or organisation that represents the interests of the hemp and CBD industry.


For more information on this topic, click here for the Hemp Hound TV episode that covers what you need to know




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