ASTM WK71457

    New Practice for Assessing Spoilage of Industrial Hemp Seed

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    Developed by Subcommittee: D37.07 | Committee D37 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1.1.This standard method covers the recommended steps used to assess spoilage in industrial hemp seed. 1.2.This standard applies to plant breeders, hemp seed producers, storage facilities, laboratories and processors. 1.3.This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. 1.4.This standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    cannabis; dehulled seed; hemp seed; industrial hemp; rancidity; sampling; spoilage


    Industrial hemp seed contains significant amounts of oil and omega fatty acids, and as a result is susceptible to moisture and highly susceptible to spoilage and rancidity. High rancidity levels create an unpalatable taste and odor and can result in unsaleable product. Once initiated, these conditions quickly spread throughout a seed lot/batch, and may render a load or stored lot unfit for human consumption. Other methods of testing include analysis of peroxide value and free fatty acid content, but time needed for these results can hinder product movement and lead to more spoilage. A timely and verifiable method to assess spoilage is described to assist decision-making, product use, business transactions and improved process flow.

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:

    Technical Contact:
    Terry Grajczyk


    D37 (21-04)

    Ballot Item Approved as D8400-2021 and Pending Publication