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State recalls cannabis product after it fails pesticide test

The OLCC said that the Winberry Farms Sweet Leaf Blend 'Trap Star' exceeded the acceptable level of pesticides.

Posted: Jan 17, 2020 11:24 AM
Updated: Jan 17, 2020 11:30 AM

SALEM, Ore. — A cannabis product being sold at shops around the state of Oregon is being recalled after failing a test for pesticide levels, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC).

The agency said that is was "issuing an immediate health and safety advisory due to the identification of potentially unsafe pesticide residue" in pre-rolled joints sold with the brand-name Winberry Farms, under the name Sweet Leaf Blend. The strain name is "Trap Star."

Cannabis in the product was cultivated by licensed producer Ard Di and packaged for sale by DYME Distribution. It has the identification number 1A4010300022859000015892.

"The affected marijuana flower failed its pesticide test, because it exceeded the acceptable level, known as the 'action limit,' for the insecticide Imidacloprid," OLCC said in a statement.

The OLCC said that it has locked down the product within its "Cannabis Tracking System" so that it won't be distributed or sold to any further customers. 700 of the pre-rolls had already been distributed, and the OLCC said that retailers had pulled 328 packages from their shelves.

Tainted joints were sold beginning on December 17 through January 8 at nine different shops throughout Oregon, including one in Rogue River:

  • Spark, 5103 NE Fremont Street, Portland
  • Ancient Remedies, 2350 State Street, Salem
  • Puff Oregon, 47700 NW Sunset Highway, Manning
  • Rogue River Herbal PMC, 510 East Main, Suite C, Rogue River
  • The Joint, 3270 Market Street NE, Salem
  • Stoney Only Clackamas, 10289 SE Highway 212, Clackamas
  • Tsunami Marijuana LLC, 36412 Highway 26, Seaside
  • Track Town Collective, 3675 Franklin Blvd., Eugene
  • Green Room, 2521 NW 9th Street, Corvallis

Regulators said that a lab in Corvallis had failed to send samples of the product onto a second lab — a requirement — after the cannabis showed mixed results in initial tests. As a result, the OLCC didn't find out about the issue until January 6 when an audit of the products resulted in more failed tests.

"Consumers who have these recalled products should dispose of the products or return them to the retailer where they were purchased," the agency said.

There have been no reports of illness from using the products, but the OLCC said that health impacts from consuming that amount of pesticide is unknown.

"Short and long-term health impacts may exist depending on the specific product, duration, frequency, level of exposure, and route of exposure," OLCC said.

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