PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Some Arizona marijuana businesses are pulling certain products because of fears over salmonella or aspergillus, a common mold. Eight products are being voluntarily recalled. They are plants that are either trimmed, flower-cured or prerolled. A full list is below.

 Brand Name Product NameBatch Number  Product TypeImplicated Contaminant 
 Harvest Platinum 14g Pre Pack Indica Flower (Glazed Apricot Gelato) CVGH210406HB Plant, Trim Salmonella
 Harvest Platinum 14g Pre Pack Sativa Flower (Tiger Haze)CVGH210406HM (L) Plant, Trim Aspergillus
 Modern Flower 3.5g Pre Pack Indica Flower (Orange Acai) CVGH2104210HI Plant, Flower - Cured, Greenhouse Aspergillus sp.
 Sol Flower Dispensaries and Establishments Tahiti Lime 0121TILM.33.WT Plant, Flower - Cured Aspergillus sp.
 EHF (Elephant Head Farms) HAT Trick #17 Flower 030821F1H12 Plant, Flower - Cured Salmonella
 Mohave Cannabis Preroll LAB #454 PR Plant, Preroll, Indoor Salmonella
 Tru Infusion Flower Caked Up Cherries 0326R12CUC Plant, Flower - Cured indoor Aspergillus sp.
 The Pharm Chemistry #1 (HD 3/24/21) Chemistry #1  1 B15B.R1-10 Plant, Flower - Cured, Greenhouse Aspergillus sp.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, no one has gotten sick because of the contamination. But health officials urge people who bought the products to not eat or smoke them, and throw them away. During a routine inspection, state lab auditors found that the marijuana samples from the eight products tested positive for salmonella or aspergillus. Once health officials found out, they worked with retailers to remove the products.

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ADHS confirmed the lab was OnPoint Laboratories LLC of Snowflake. Demetri Downing, the founder of the Marijuana Industry Trade Association of Arizona, said the voluntary recall is creating a more accountable industry. "This is a small instance in a massive industry. The end result, in the end of the story, is everything is moving toward transparency, accountability, openness, testing, which is a good result," said Downing.

A spokesperson for OnPoint responded to questions from Arizona's Family Thursday morning. "OnPoint Laboratories takes full responsibility, and reiterated today that all of the products, dispensary companies and brands associated with this recall have always followed rigorous state testing requirements and continuously provide clean products for consumers," they said in an email.

Mentioning the clean certificate of analysis it received earlier this year, the company also said it supports what ADHS is doing to protect consumers.

“Their bi-annual audits and reports are essential and the AZDHS system is working. While this recall was issued out of an abundance of caution, it exemplifies the excellent teamwork of the agency, the labs and the cannabis companies that serve Arizona consumers,” said an OnPoint Laboratories spokesperson.

According to OnPoint, the voluntary recall is the result of "an audit-based testing discrepancy between OnPoint Laboratories and AZDHS," and not "any wrongdoing by the products, dispensaries, or brands." The company's full statement is at the end of this story. (Jump to statement.)

Ryan Treacy, the founder of C4 Laboratories, said the marijuana and testing industry is still adapting to new regulations while trying to keep up with demand. "Still, in the thick of the transition period in what a nonregulated and regulated market looks like," said Treacy. "I think it is a really good sign that the Department of Health Services has taken the rules and regulations seriously." 

For symptoms of salmonella, a type of bacteria, click/tap here. For symptoms of aspergillus, click/tap here.

Full statement from OnPoint Laboratories

OnPoint Laboratories (the “Company”) was recently alerted by the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) of a voluntary cannabis recall related to the Company’s testing of possible product contamination for Salmonella and Aspergillus. To date, no illnesses have been reported based on the products involved with the voluntary recall.

OnPoint Labs fully supports AZDHS in their efforts to ensure clean products for consumers.

'Their bi-annual audits and reports are essential and the AZDHS system is working. While this recall was issued out of an abundance of caution, it exemplifies the excellent teamwork of the agency, the labs and the cannabis companies that serve Arizona consumers,' said an OnPoint Laboratories spokesperson.

Earlier this year, OnPoint Laboratories issued clean certificate of analysis (COA) statements for a limited number of affected samples and believed the products to be safe and the results to be accurate. In a subsequent audit by AZDHS, the agency disputed these results and stated it found potential for contamination. Although OnPoint Labs initially believed the test results to be negative, the company feels an abundance of caution is the right approach.

The products, dispensary companies, brands, and OnPoint Laboratories were unaware of any discrepancies until they were notified by the state agency. OnPoint Laboratories takes full responsibility, and reiterated today that all of the products, dispensary companies and brands associated with this recall have always followed rigorous state testing requirements and continuously provide clean products for consumers.

A Company spokesperson indicated the voluntary recall is not the result of any wrongdoing by the products, dispensaries, or brands, but rather an audit-based testing discrepancy between OnPoint Laboratories and AZDHS.

OnPoint Laboratories and its customers have consistently followed the guidelines and recommendations of AZDHS. As policies and procedures evolve, the Company will maintain the highest level of compliance to these standards

OnPoint Laboratories continues to focus on distinguished service and providing test results that keep patients and adult-use customers safe.

OnPoint Laboratories will issue further statements as the situation develops.


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