FDA/FTC Cites Six Companies For Selling Delta 8 Products
Product formats & packaging should not appeal to children
FDA and FTC recently sent six joint warning letters to companies selling delta 8 products that were favorable to children. Thank you, FDA and FTC! These warning letters highlight some of the most over-the-top examples of products going too far, and I applaud the authorities for taking action.
Here are some of the highlights:
🔷 More than disease claims: All of these warning letters do not include disease claims. This shows the agency is starting to think differently about enforcing cannabinoid products, and if they feel there is a safety issue, they will take action. Last year FDA shocked everyone by sending this letter to a company that was not making disease claims but was adding CBD to a caffeine-containing beverage.
🔷 Unfair or deceptive marketing is cited in these letters, which is where FTC comes in. Delta 8 poses dangers, especially to children, in favorable formats like gummies which are considered deceptive marketing. I find this approach fascinating and clever.
👉 From warning letter “Section 5 of the FTC Act prohibits unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce. This prohibition includes practices that present unwarranted health or safety risks….. preventing practices that present unwarranted health and safety risks, particularly to children, is one of the Commission’s highest priorities.”
🔷 Some of the most egregious products are Cheetos Crunchy Flamin’ Hot THC Infused Chips and Doritos Nacho Cheese THC Infused Chips. Wow, in addition to trademark issues, this company took it way too far.
🔷 Safety is cited as a primary reason for some of these letters, such as this example where similar products resulted in adverse event reports.
👉 From warning letter: “Ten of the reports specifically mention the edible product to be a copycat of popular foods. Your Sour Worms”
🔷 Some of these letters were issued to marketplace sites where numerous third-party products were sold. This shows that companies are responsible for the products they sell, as exemplified by last year’s Amazon and Walmart warning letters.
🔷 We are all aware of FDA’s unfavorable position on CBD, but they really do not care for delta 8 with good reason, as exemplified in last year’s consumer update. Delta 8 can be dangerous, and according to data from National poison control centers, 2,362 delta 8 exposure cases had been reported, including “One pediatric case was coded with a medical outcome of death.” This report warns consumers that delta 8 products are widely available in forms favorable to children, such as chocolates and candies. This should have given the delta 8 industry pause, but these products have unfortunately continued to proliferate.
🔷 Although most of the products cited in this letter have been removed, there are still some brazen products being sold, such as a carton of cookies that contains 30mg delta 9 THC per cookie. OMG!
There is much more to read in the FDA news release.
Disclaimer: The educational information provided here is for informational purposes only. Contact an attorney for specific legal advice. Rule #1 in compliance is to ensure marketing is truthful and not misleading.