Utah adds label requirement for CBD products to combat synthetics

Utah will require CBD products to carry labels certifying they were produced legally, a move to eliminate synthetic products and treatments that contain too much THC.

The new labeling requirement takes effect in January, Salt Lake City TV station KUTV reported.

The state joins Indiana and Oregon, which have previously implemented similar label requirements.

The Utah Department of Agriculture says the label must include a bar code or QR code and provide information on purity.

“The label will look like the labels for dietary supplements to help consumers know what they are getting,” the agency said in a news release announcing the change.

Utah’s requirement comes after the state spent months reviewing CBD safety. More than 50 people in Utah fell ill last year after consuming synthetic CBD products, with dozens hospitalized to treat nausea, vomiting and seizures.

The outbreak prompted a national warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about synthetic CBD.

Just last week, the American Chemistry Society issued a warning about dangerous counterfeit CBD products on the market.