News | June 12, 2019

GenCanna Sets New Quality Standard For American Hemp Manufacturers By Achieving BRC Certification

WINCHESTER, KY.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

GenCanna Global USA, Inc. (“GenCanna” or the “Company”) announced today that it is the first American hemp manufacturer to receive, through official auditing processes, both the Brand Reputation Compliance (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety certificate and the Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) certificate. These accreditations demonstrate GenCanna’s ongoing commitment to delivering premium CBD products to the world at scale while adhering to the international compliance standards required of industrial processors of food grade ingredients.

“With the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill, and now the development of a regulatory framework through the USDA and FDA, hemp is growing rapidly. As the industry leader, it is important for us to set the highest standards of practice. These recent certifications verify what we’ve known all along – GenCanna products are compliant with the highest level of food safety standards worldwide,” said Matty Mangone-Miranda, GenCanna’s Chief Executive Officer. “Last year, GenCanna took a major step forward by registering our production facility in Winchester, Kentucky with the FDA for a food safety permit. To date, we have had two FDA commissioned inspections with no FDA 483 inspectional observations noted and our compliance program is evolving rapidly.”

GenCanna is the only American hemp processor to be audited and accredited against the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) audit scheme of the BRC Issue 8 Standard. The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety certificate focuses on good manufacturing practices within production as well as overall quality management systems. AIB International Certification Services, an ANSI accredited Certification Body, conducted the audit which resulted in GenCanna’s grade of an “A.” Well regarded as a stricter standard than CGMP compliance, GenCanna’s BRC accreditation sets a new bar for standards within the nascent CBD industry.

In addition to achieving BRC accreditation, GenCanna has also completed 21 CFR 110 and 21 CFR 117 audits and received accreditation for CGMP for food and risk-based preventive controls. Certification with CGMP certification is the minimum standard required to conform to guidelines recommended by agencies such as the FDA that oversee the manufacture and sale of food, beverages, cosmetics, pharmaceutical products, dietary supplements, and medical devices. As a framework emerges out of the FDA for the regulation of cannabidiol (CBD) products, GenCanna’s dedication to quality and compliance at all levels uniquely positions the company in the marketplace. Many companies in the CBD industry do not meet these minimum quality standards and place individuals consuming their products at risk.

“These, and future audits and accreditations, are incredibly important in maintaining a quality management system within the full vertical of our operations, from seed to scale,” said Chris Stubbs, GenCanna’s Chief Science Officer. “Our bulk ingredients and value-added products carry these seals because of the quality of our work. We will continue to be great stewards of the hemp industry and ensure overall quality standards in foods and supplements as CBD and other hemp-derived products become more popular in the marketplace. Reliable access to a high-quality supply of CBD is significant, especially as unreliable, low quality companies rush to enter the market.”

In addition to these certifications, GenCanna’s products are certified Kosher, and meet or exceed pharmaceutical specifications with respect to purity, microbiology, heavy metals and residual solvents. Additionally, GenCanna is one of the first 13 hemp manufacturers to complete the U.S. Hemp Authority (USHA) audit and receive accreditation, as well as the first to complete a greenhouse accreditation with USHA. The Company has also led self-regulation and standards definitions for the hemp industry, having co-founded the U.S. Hemp Farming Alliance and the U.S. Hemp Roundtable.

Steve Bevan, GenCanna’s President and Executive Chair, is also the Chairman of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable. “We will continue to challenge ourselves and our industry to achieve the necessary safety and quality standards that other multinational corporations already meet,” said Steve Bevan. “It is incredibly important that public officials, supply chain partners and consumers have full confidence in our compliance. This latest achievement serves as another milestone in fulfilling that mission.”

To learn more about GenCanna, visit gencanna.com.

ABOUT GENCANNA GLOBAL, INC.

GenCanna is a vertically integrated agriculture-technology company specializing in the production of hemp rich in CBD. Founded in 2014, as an inaugural member of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Industrial Hemp Pilot Program, the company is a longstanding industry pioneer. GenCanna works closely with state universities, consumer protection agencies and other regulatory bodies driving key industry language and legislation. Consistent extraction methods and innovative processing technologies ensure GenCanna production processes exceed all regulatory standards for FDA registered and inspected food production facilities (learn more at https://gencanna.com/compliance/). The GenCanna Production Platform assures standardized, repeatable quality from farm to finished product.

GenCanna is a founding board member of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable. Launched in early 2017, the U.S. Hemp Roundtable is a coalition of over 70 hemp companies – representing every link of the product chain, from seed to sale – and all of the industry’s major national grassroots organizations. The US Hemp Roundtable has secured the passage of bi-partisan legislation in the U.S. Congress that established hemp federally as an agricultural commodity, permanently removing it from regulation as a controlled substance.

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