NCRMA Offers Insight on Medical Marijuana Recall in Oklahoma

by aman

May 18, 2020

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) has issued its first cannabis product recall after it was determined that products from Moon Mix, including vape cartridges and infused mints, with the batch number 158 may be unsafe.

Alex Hearding

Testing performed on the specific Moon Mix batch discovered the presence of a fungicide, myclobutanil, according to the OMMA. The National Cannabis Risk Management Association (NCRMA) is monitoring the recall, which illustrates the success of product safety system put in place to protect consumers.

“Myclobutanil is the active ingredient found in a pesticide known for its ability to control powdery mildew and other difficult pests in cannabis cultivation,” said Alex Hearding, chief risk management officer for the NCRMA. “When heated for smoking with cannabis this can create toxic gases including hydrogen chloride, hydrogen cyanide and nitrogen oxide.”

Because of its known hazards to product safety, this pesticide has been banned in most states where cannabis is legal, Hearding said.

“This substance can linger in walls and HVAC systems and can show up in tests long after the pesticide has been applied. A major benefit of cannabis legalization is enhanced product safety through testing, and it is a positive to the patients of Oklahoma that this product has been recalled,” said Hearding.

“Licensed facilities have a responsibility to be compliant and produce a safe product, which means every cultivation should have a pest management and pesticide application program that meets state requirements. The impact of this recall should serve as a notice to the rest of the industry.”

The NCRMAcademy offers a course on cannabis sanitation that addresses issues such as this. Register today for the 90-minute Cann-San course, taught by Hearding.

Cannabis Sanitation and Hygiene Course

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