After recalls, marijuana industry focuses on sharing test results
Government-approved marijuana producers and unsanctioned dispensaries alike are giving priority to quality control testing after recalls of pesticide-contaminated marijuana.
The focus on testing for contaminants — and sharing those results with the public — was highlighted this past week by Alberta-based firm Aurora Cannabis. Aurora began posting certificates of analysis for all its products online on Thursday, a move that came after voluntary recalls of medical marijuana produced by New Brunswick’s Organigram and Ontario’s Mettrum.
Those recalls involved the use of pesticides unapproved by Health Canada for use on cannabis plants. Aurora issued its own voluntary recall for marijuana produced by Organigram and sold under the Aurora name.
Aurora is following in the footsteps of the pharmaceutical industry, where “quality control is job one,” said Cam Battley, executive vice-president at Aurora.
“Quality control is the price of entry into a regulated industry, just like biotechnology and pharmaceuticals,” said Battley.
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