Vegan hemp powder recalled on fears it gets kids high

Vegan hemp powder recalled on fears it gets kids high
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A Vegan food firm based in Berlin has had to recall a hemp-based protein powder because it contains a level of an active ingredient in cannabis higher than recommended for young children.

The powder could pose a health risk to very young children, Veganz said in a statement published on on Monday.

“The recommended daily intake given on the packaging is at least 25 grams per day, meaning a THC intake of 20 micrograms,” the statement read.

THC is the psychoactive element in cannabis which can produce a state of intoxication in those who consume it.

Retailers cannot rule out that parents would give the powder to their young children, the statement continued.

A a child of 2-3 years, weighing around 15 kilos, would take in 140 percent of its recommended maximum dose of THC by consuming the suggested daily intake of 25 grams of hemp powder, the statement explained.

The product was sold through the drug store DM, with whom Veganz recently announced a nationwide expansion of their distribution deal.

Any customers who bought the product will be offered a refund of the purchase price, Veganz said.

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