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Canadian Regulators Recall Cannabis Flower Due to Mold Concerns

By Leo Bear-McGuinness

Published: Oct 18, 2021   
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A batch of dried cannabis flower has been recalled by both its producer and the Canadian government department Health Canada.

The recall notice comes after the cannabis producer, Joint Venture Craft Cannabis Inc., received two complaints related to powdery mildew on its products.

Two cases of mildew 

Powdery mildew is a fungal disease identified by the distinctive white powdery spots it leaves on the leaves and stems of plants. Any person who incidentally consumes its fungal spores is at risk of developing serious lung problems and respiratory infections. Although the recall notice from Health Canada states that the “probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.”

The affected batches of Joint Venture’s cannabis flower can be identified by the product name Bud Coast - Saltspring OG Shark. Around 1071 units of recalled product were sold throughout British Columbia between September 22, 2021 and October 7, 2021.

In a press statement, Joint Venture stated that its OG Shark product had “passed Health Canada lab testing, and was thoroughly inspected by our wholesale team.”

“With each and every bud hand-inspected this should not have happened. When it comes to cannabis we are dealing with a product that is variable from batch to batch, plant to plant, and even bud to bud. This unfortunate voluntary recall has signalled a need for further diligence by JVCC at point of packaging,” the Joint Venture team wrote.

“We will be revising and reviewing our current SOPS [standard operating procedures] [sic] and processes and implementing additional checkpoints and training aids for our processing team to ensure that we are able to better identify problems before the product hits the distribution centres and store shelves.”

“The entire team at Joint Venture is dedicated to providing Canadians with premium craft flowers and we take this responsibility very seriously. Implementing this voluntary recall at the first sight of anything less than a top-quality product is just one of the steps we will continue to take to ensure that you can continue to trust and enjoy Joint Venture Craft Cannabis and our cultivation partner’s products.”

Neither Joint Venture Craft Cannabis Inc. nor Health Canada have received any reports of adverse reactions related to the recalled products to date.

Any consumers with the recalled products in their possession have been advised to immediately stop using them and return them to the retailer where the product was purchased.


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