Less than a month after the first-ever medical marijuana recall was announced, another Health Canada grower has been forced to withdraw their product.
On Friday, a statement was posted on Health Canada’s website regarding a batch of product sold by The Peace Naturals Project, a Licensed Producer based in Clearview, Ontario.
The product, a strain called K-Farms, was recalled “due to positive bacterial testing outside of acceptable limits.”
“Peace Naturals Project Inc. has contacted and is instructing the 55 clients who received the affected lot to immediately discontinue use of any marijuana from this lot which they may still have in their possession,” reads the statement.
Clients are being instructed to ship the product back to Peace Naturals or to destroy it at home. According to the statement, no adverse reactions have been reported.“You can have zero detection of mould, bacteria or fungus”Peace Naturals, however, remains listed on Health Canada’s website. The company was one of the earliest to be licensed under Health Canada’s MMPR program.
So far, 12 companies have been issued a license to grow and sell cannabis.
Ironically, Peace Naturals CEO Mark Gobuty was asked to comment on Greenleaf’s recall shortly after it had occurred. In an April interview with CBC News, Gobuty explained the difficulty of meeting Health Canada’s strict product safety requirements.
“You have to safely produce cannabis within a safe working environment within a repeatable procedure and be able to have the wherewithal and credentials and polices and protocols to have everything tested validated and safe,” Gobuty said.
“The guidelines say you can have zero detection of mould, bacteria or fungus,” he added.
According to Gobuty, Health Canada requires all Licensed Producers to have quality assurance personnel on-site. Many companies, including Peace Naturals, also get their results validated by third-party labs.