Medical Marijuana Producer at Centre of Recall Has Organic Certification Suspended

Article by Elizabeth Chiu, CBC News

A screenshot Wednesday morning from Organigram's home page shows the company continues to promote itself as organic.

A Moncton, N.B., medical marijuana operation at the centre of a Health Canada recall continues to promote itself as organic on its website, even though its organic certification was suspended last month.

Federally licensed producer Organigram has been caught up in two voluntary recalls of almost all of its products sold in 2016 after residual levels of two banned pesticides, myclobutanil and bifenazate, were found.

CBC News has learned the recall triggered an investigation by Ecocert, a Quebec-based organic certification body recognized by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that had approved Organigram’s organic status.

Ecocert’s operations director, Sebastien Houle, said the investigation was launched after it was notified of the recall on Jan. 3. The probe examined the “verification of the production process, product used, nature of the pesticides found,” Houle said in an email.

With traces of myclobutanil and bifenazate found, Houle said “the investigation highlighted non-compliances” in organic product rules. He would not elaborate, citing confidentiality. He said the company’s organic certification is suspended until “compliance to the requirements are demonstrated.”

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