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Oregon Regulator Recalls THC Extracts Due to Pesticide Concerns

By Leo Bear-McGuinness

Published: Dec 06, 2022   
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State regulators in Oregon have recalled thousands of THC vaping cartridges and extracts over concerns the products are contaminated with pesticides.

The affected products belonged to the Bobsled and Quantum Alchemy brands and were mostly sold between September 15 and November 28 this year, although one product, HTE Distillate R#ntz, was reportedly sold between December 10, 2021, and January 6, 2022.

The recall affects 9,300 product units that are still on the market and 13,600 units that were sold to consumers.

Total recall

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) first became aware of the potential pesticide issue thanks to the state’s Cannabis Tracking System, a record-keeping database that every state licensee must use.

After the tracking system detected “potentially tainted products”, the OLCC contacted the producers and located all the questionable products.

OLCC inspectors have since launched an investigation to determine how these products made it onto dispensary shelves when they originally failed their pesticide tests.

“The OLCC has not identified any fault by the laboratory that conducted the pesticide analysis,” the news release, published on December 2, reads.

“The items identified as subject to the mandatory recall are related to batches that originally failed testing for pesticides. Under OHA [Oregon Health Authority] rules, manufacturers must follow certain procedures to retest any failed batches, and may only remediate the suspect product under certain circumstances. The manufacturers of the products identified did not follow proper procedures in tracking, retesting, and isolating the affected marijuana products.”

One of the affected Bobsled cannabis extracts. Image credit: OLCC.

Customers who have purchased these products can either return them to the OLCC-licensed retailer they purchased them from or destroy the products.

Consumers with health-related concerns about the recalled products have been advised to contact the Oregon Poison Center at 800-222-1222 or their medical provider.


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