Article by David Brown, Lift News
Peace Naturals, an Ontario-based licensed producer of medical cannabis, says they have recently issued a voluntary product recall from earlier this year for cannabis that tested positive for a disallowed product.
Health Canada announced early last month the results of a new inspection and testing program, which included results from seven different sites: RedeCan, 7Acres, Tweed, Tilray, Broken Coast, Hydropothecary and Peace Naturals. The first five passed testing, while two, Hydropothecary and Peace Naturals, did not. The testing was completed on May 1st and 4th by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency. Piperonyl butoxide (PBO) is an organic compound used as a component of pesticides and found in many insecticides approved for use by Health Canada.
A representative for Peace Naturals stated in May that the PBO came from a product approved for use by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), used by a former employee of the company to sanitize rooms after a harvest.
“Peace’s root cause analysis indicates that this was the result of cross-contamination from a sanitation protocol that is no longer practiced at Peace. The sanitation protocol has not been practiced since new management implemented an improved production methodology after taking control of Peace. The source of the PBO was a PMRA approved product that was used to sanitize empty rooms between harvests.”
“There is no evidence to suggest that PBO at these levels is likely to cause any adverse health effects when inhaled or ingested. However, out of an abundance of caution, Peace is in the process of assessing which lots have been impacted, notifying patients, and will voluntarily recall any products that have even potentially been implicated.”
According to Health Canada, “both leaf samples at Hydropothecary tested positive for myclobutanil at low level concentrations of between 0.012 and 0.023 parts per million (ppm), and one leaf sample from plants at Peace Naturals tested positive for piperonyl butoxide at a low level concentration of 0.78 ppm.” Piperonyl butoxide (PBO) is an organic compound used as a component of pesticides and found in many insecticides approved for use by Health Canada.