How cannabis 2.0 product makers can avoid expensive recalls with shelf-stability testing
Cannabis 2.0 flooded online stores and retail shelves with exciting new items like infused beverages, chocolates, gummies and topicals. And while there are numerous regulations dictating the packaging, labelling, and marketing standards for these new cannabis infused products, Health Canada has yet to apply the same standards for shelf-stability. So, while you’ll find dozens of new confections available at your local cannabis retailer, you won’t find a best before date on many of them.
When browsing the local grocery store looking for your favourite foods you’ve come to expect that some grocery items are kept in long bays of fridges or freezers, while others are displayed at room temperature on open shelving. And on almost every item you buy, whether canned, fresh, or frozen, you expect to find an expiry or best before date clearly marked on the package. So, what does it mean when we describe food as being ‘shelf-stable’? And why don’t the newly available cannabis infused gummies, chocolates and beverages have best before dates listed on their packaging?