The “Piranha Power Pack Nuts” snack product, which has a hemp label and composition, was recently made available in vending machines, according to the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).
The firm that imported the product has been asked by CNB to stop selling it because it may include hemp seed flour, which comes from the Cannabis sativa plant.
Investigations by CNB are ongoing.
In a press release by Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said that the botanical name for the hemp plant is Cannabis Sativa.
In other words, hemp is cannabis.
“This means that all hemp proteins, fibre, seeds, oils etc that are derived from the hemp plant are derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant”.
“Cannabis and its derivatives are listed as Class ‘A’ controlled drugs in the First Schedule of the Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA) 1973. In addition, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive chemical substance in cannabis that causes users to feel “high” and there are adverse health impacts linked to its use”.
Any products derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant or its seeds can contain controlled drugs such as THC, despite the product labels indicating otherwise, CNB said in press release.
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY
Singapore adopts a strict policy of zero tolerance towards controlled drugs. The importation, exportation, possession, sale and consumption of controlled drugs or products containing controlled drugs, even in trace amounts, is an offence under the MDA.
CNB would like to remind importers and retailers that any product containing hemp derivatives should not be imported for sale. Anyone who had purchased the ‘Piranha Power Pack Nuts’ snack should not consume it, and should dispose of it.
Members of the public can contact CNB at 1800-325-6666 for advice and assistance if they come across other food products or substances suspected to contain controlled drugs.
They can also make a report to CNB at https://www.eservices.cnb.gov.sg/feedback.
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