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Safety First: Cannabis Edibles Recalled In Colorado

marijuana recallThe Denver Department of Environmental Health recalled cannabis-infused edibles on July 17th due to possible contamination. The company that manufactured the edibles is At Home Baked. The suspected contamination may have been due to the company using unsanitary equipment that was not intended for food manufacturing. It’s worth noting that no one got sick from consuming the edibles, and that the recall may have been based on an arbitrary rule. Per The Cannabist:

“We’re really frustrated with the entire situation,” said A.J. Ashkar, the co-owner of At Home Baked who is known in the Denver marijuana industry as A.J. Hashman. “They came in and the machine which we were utilizing to make water hash was not a food-safe machine. Food-safe machines to make water hash do not exist. They deemed the water hash that we were making unfit for human consumption even though nobody has gotten sick from our hash.”

The Department of Environmental Health verified that there haven’t been any reports of illness yet, but a food safety inspection was the reason for the recall.

The device that was being used by the edible company was a modified washing machine. This is a very common device that has been used by hash makers for decades. I have personally purchased ‘professional’ devices that are built on the same concept, but don’t work nearly as well. I understand that the Denver inspectors were just trying to be cautious, but issuing a recall when no one became sick, and there’s no evidence of actual contamination, seems overkill to me.

The company has issued public statements saying that they will replace any inventory with inventory that was made with a different device. If the washer they were using was brand new, and not used for anything else other than making hash, I don’t see how it’s any different than the device they are now using. As I said, I’ve purchased a similar device in the past, and went back to using a wash machine because it worked so much better. I wish I lived in Colorado, because I would gladly take all of the recalled products!

  • mike1188

    Nobody got sick yet they came just to be a irritant. When I was in high school I worked in a restaurant that kept their pie shells on the floor in crates. One day there was some mice turd around the pies and the owner to save a buck removed the areas on the pie shells and through the small pieces away. Sick right. So a bunch of us called the Heath department that oversaw restaurants. The health department called the owner and told them about the complaint (WTF right) 3hours later the inspector shows up and all the contaminated pies where tossed out and new pies where made. No fines issued, nothing happend. So now we have another inspectector picking on a bussiness. I understand safety, but is that the only reason why they was singled out?

  • Sarijuana

    This just sucks. I am in a business that requires two health inspections per year, and can be “spot inspected” at any time. It’s a drag, but a necessary thing. It’s even more necessary in places that have legalized cannabis and cannabis products. Colorado is fighting to legitimize and mainstream products that have been subjected to decades of misinformation that has to be overcome, and while I appreciate what they are doing for us all, it sucks that there are no set rules to go by. Resorting to the rules written for food safety is all they have. I wouldn’t buy an edible product for my kids that someone was creating in a washing machine. Home appliances are not built with food grade plastics and metals and therefore can seep all sorts of irritants and carcinogens into the product. No one got sick yet, but what are the long term ramifications? This does open the door for another “green” industry though. Someone can come up with a washing machine made totally of food grade stainless steel, and yes…it will cost more. This industry has to be legitimized and this will require working with health officials to come up with industry specific protocol. It’s a pretty tough nut to crack considering the way cannabis advocates fight amongst themselves even when they all have the same goals.

  • meb

    I saw footage of the washer and I am not surprised they were cited. If you are going to participate in a regulated, commercial food market one has to up their game and use equipment suited to the market they are participating in. The top of the agitator was fractured, there was rust around hardware, and corners inside looked mildewy. Perhaps getting higher quality equipment, and sterilizing the equipment properly on a regular basis, could have saved them some grief. Stating “this is how we’ve always done this” isn’t going to matter when you use damaged, dirty equipment. In a state where we have set a precedent by amending our constitution to legalize cannabis, the inspectors are going to be sticklers. I’d rather they err on the side of caution.