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Arizona Dispensaries Recall Cannabis Concentrates Due to Salmonella Risk

By Leo Bear-McGuinness

Published: Jun 19, 2023   
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Several dispensaries in Arizona have voluntarily recalled three cannabis concentrate products and one brand of flower due to concerns over Salmonella and Aspergillus contamination.

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced the recall on June 14. The regulator has advised cannabis consumers to dispose of the affected products, which were reportedly found, following laboratory tests, to be positive for Aspergillus and/or Salmonella.

“ADHS Laboratory auditors discovered that potential false negatives results for contaminants were reported by a licensed marijuana laboratory,” wrote the ADHS in its press statement.

“Once ADHS discovered the potential contamination, they contacted the facility that produced the products. The licensee took immediate action to work with all distribution and retail partners to remove any potentially impacted products from store shelves.”

The affected products are branded as Caps Frozen Lemon, Twisted Lemonz, Ghost Train Haze, and Cherry Punch. All are produced from cannabis cultivated by the company Cannabist.

As of June 14, no illnesses have been linked to the products. If any consumer of the products does develop an illness, they have been urged to contact their healthcare provider.

Aspergillus fungi produce a type of carcinogenic mycotoxin that can cause liver failure in large doses, particularly among those with weakened immune systems.

Salmonella bacteria, if ingested, can cause an infection characterized by diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.


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