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Californian Regulator Recalls Cannabis Flower Due to Mold Contamination

By Leo Bear-McGuinness

Published: Jan 28, 2022   
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A batch of dried cannabis flower has been recalled by California’s Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) after it was found to be contaminated with Aspergillus niger.

The products were sold in jars at the dispensary Claybourne Co. between November 2, 2021, and January 26, 2022.

What a head banger

The flower was sold under the strain name Head Banger and the track-and-trace UID number 1A406030000326B000094476.  

Any consumers who purchased such flower from Claybourne Co. have been urged by the DCC to dispose of it.

To date, no illnesses have been reported to the DCC, which is currently investigating the cause of the Aspergillus contamination.

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

According to a press release from the DCC, the contamination was discovered after a third-party shared certain information with the Californian regulator. Samples from multiple retailers were independently tested through the DCC’s cannabis testing laboratory and were confirmed to contain Aspergillus. The regulator is currently investigating the cause of the contamination.

Reacting to the recall, Claybourne released its own statement to its customers:

Rest assured; we take product quality and consumer safety very seriously. The testing for this batch, as with all of our products, exceeded state quality and safety standards at multiple laboratories before being put in the market. We have not seen the testing results from the DCC so we cannot explain the deviation. If you are in possession of the recalled products, please return them to the dispensary where purchased for a full refund.”


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