Kirke LLC/Metro Denver Telluride Health Center LLC Voluntarily Recalls Medical Marijuana Due to Pesticide Residues

COLORADO: A Denver marijuana cultivation business Kirke LLC/Metro Denver Telluride Health Center LLC, doing business as The Hemp Center Colorado Springs and The Hemp Center, is voluntarily recalling all medical marijuana due to the presence of potentially unsafe pesticide residues.

Samples of marijuana tested during a (DEH) investigation contained residual levels of Avermectin, Bifenazate, Imidacloprid and Myclobutanil, pesticides that the Colorado Department of Agriculture has determined cannot be used legally on marijuana in Colorado.
Medical marijuana plant materials subject to this recall were sold at The Hemp Center Colorado Springs located at 2501 West Colorado Avenue, Suite 106 in Colorado Springs, and The Hemp Center located at 2430 West Main Street in Littleton. All medical marijuana bearing labels with OPC codes of 403-00892 or 403-00899 are subject to this recall. Kirke LLC/Metro Denver Telluride Health Center LLC’s grow facility is located in Denver.
 

Product Identity: Source OPC: Purchased From:
All Medical Marijuana 403-00892, 403-00899 The Hemp Center Colorado Springs
2501 W Colorado Ave. Suite 106
Colorado Springs, CO  80904
License # 402-00597
All Medical Marijuana 403-00892, 403-00899 The Hemp Center
2430 W Main St
Littleton, CO  80120
License # 402-00602

Consumers who have these recalled products should dispose of the products or return them to the store from which they were purchased. For more information about the recall, contact The Hemp Center Colorado Springs or The Hemp Center at info@the-hemp-center.com.

There have been no reports of illness. The possible health impact of consuming marijuana products with unapproved pesticide residues is unknown. Short- and long-term health impacts may exist depending on the specific product, duration, frequency, level of exposure and route of exposure. Consumers with concerns about their personal health should contact their physician with related questions.

The Denver Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is investigating this issue and overseeing the recall process to remove potentially contaminated products from commercial circulation. DEH conducts inspections of marijuana-infused product manufacturers and retail locations in Denver and investigates related complaints.  

Consumers with questions or concerns about recalled product or pesticide residues in marijuana products are encouraged to contact the product retailer and/or the DEH Public Health Inspections division at phicomments@denvergov.org or 720-913-1311.

As Denver’s nationally-accredited local public health agency, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is dedicated to advancing Denver’s environmental and public health goals. DEH Divisions include Denver Animal Protection, Community Health, Environmental Quality, Office of the Medical Examiner and Public Health Inspections.
 
For more information about Environmental Health visit www.denvergov.org/EnvironmentalHealth
 

Canadian Producer Aphria Comments On News Of Pesticide Use; Reaffirms Commitment To Quality And Safety

CANADA: Despite most Licensed Producers taking great care to provide safe and effective products, there are still reports surfacing regarding the presence of harmful pesticides in regulated medical cannabis. “We support the use of independent evaluations and testing of medical cannabis as a necessary measure to protect the safety of Canadians,” said Vic Neufeld, Chief Executive Officer of Aphria Inc.

Patients rely on a safe and high quality product to meet their medical needs and it is critically important that all products sold through the ACMPR adhere to the strict guidelines established by Health Canada to ensure that their needs are met.

“Aphria has always held itself to the highest standards when it comes to the production and cultivation of medical cannabis. This commitment stems from over 40 years of experience balancing the science, experience and economics of growing high quality and consistent products for commercial scale sales,” said Cole Cacciavillani, Co-Founder.

Aphria relies on a strict Quality Management Program that continuously tests for pesticides and monitors all suppliers to ensure that any products used exceed the minimum standards set to comply with Health Canada’s regulations.