Despite the myriad benefits associated with hemp and CBD, there continues to be widespread concern over the lack of proper testing and regulation—and for good reason. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expressed worries about public health risks posed by various contaminants, such as heavy metals or THC, as well as false claims or statements put forth by unreliable CBD companies. In an effort to address these concerns and establish the industry standard for testing practices, Emerald Scientific, a cannabis and and hemp reagent and equipment distribution company, established a program called the Emerald Test. In the program, the testing capabilities of participating labs are evaluated and compared. The labs that meet the test’s criteria and excel in comparison with their peers are recognized and awarded an Emerald Badge.
One such lab, FoodChain ID, one of the world’s leading food safety, testing, and sustainability organizations and the exclusive certifying body for the U.S. Hemp Authority Certification program, recently received three Emerald Badges. FoodChain ID was recognized for its testing proficiency in pesticide screening in hemp, potency in hemp oil, and potency in hemp bud. “These awards build upon our heritage as a leader in testing accuracy,” says Heather Secrist, senior vice president and managing director of the Americas at FoodChain ID. “We were the first commercial lab in North America to use DNA based methods to test for GMOs and are consistently recognized for delivering highly accurate and reliable results.”