Michigan Regulators Issue Cannabis Product Recall Due to Microbial Failures
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Michigan Regulators Issue Cannabis Product Recall Due to Microbial Failures

The affected flower and pre-rolls were run through a trimmer contaminated with banned chemical residues.

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October 6, 2021

The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) issued a voluntary cannabis product recall Sept. 24 due to microbial failures.

According to the public health and safety bulletin, several batches of cannabis were run through a mechanical trimmer contaminated with the banned chemical residues Bifenthrin and Chlorfenapyr.

The product recall affects flower and pre-rolls produced by Michigan Medical Marijuana, LLC, DBA Glo. The microbial failures occurred during retesting of the products, according to the MRA’s bulletin.

The following batches of cannabis contain the chemical residues:

  • 1A405030001524C000000059
  • 1A405030001524C000000058
  • 1A405030001524C000000026
  • 1A405030001524C000000040
  • 1A405030001524C000000039
  • 1A405030001524C000000038
  • 1A405030001524C000000037
  • 1A405030001524C000000036

And the following packages of bud, pre-packaged buds and pre-rolls were produced from the batches of cannabis containing the chemical residues and sold at the following locations on the dates listed:

Mint Cannabis - License AU-R-000311 - Located at 730 E. Cork Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Package # 1A405030000FDE9000000906

Flower | Wedding Cake (IH) | 3.5g

Sold between Aug. 25, 2021 and Sept. 1, 2021

Package # 1A405030000FDE9000000907

Flower | Wedding Cake (IH) | 1g

Sold between Aug. 25, 2021 and Sept. 1, 2021

Package # 1A405030000FDE9000000921

Flower | Forbidden Fruit (H) | 3.5g

Sold between Aug. 26, 2021 and Sept. 1, 2021

Package # 1A405030000FDE9000000922

Flower | Forbidden Fruit (H) | 1g

Sold between Aug. 26, 2021 and Sept. 1, 2021

Package # 1A405030000FDE9000000923

Flower | Forbidden Fruit (H) | .7g Preroll

Sold between Aug. 25, 2021 and Aug. 31, 2021

Authentic 231 - License AU-R-000333 - Located at 74 Arthur St., Manistee, MI 49660

Package # 1A405030001737D000000933

Pina Grande – 3.5g

Sold between Aug. 27, 2021 and Aug. 31, 2021

Package # 1A405030001737D000000934

Pina Grande – 1g

Sold between Aug. 26, 2021 and Aug. 31, 2021

Package # 1A405030001737D000000951

Forbidden Fruit – 3.5g

Sold between Aug. 26, 2021 and Sept. 1, 2021

Package # 1A405030001737D000000952

Forbidden Fruit – 1g

Sold between Aug. 26, 2021 and Aug. 31, 2021

Fluresh - License AU-R-000319 - Located at 1213 Phillips Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Package # 1A40503000101D1000001155

Forbidden Fruit 3.5g

Sold between Aug. 22, 2021 and Sept. 1, 2021

The Woods Cheboygan - License AU-R000328 - Located at 123 E. State Street, Cheboygan, MI 49721

Package # 1A40503000122A1000000581

Pina Grande Bud

Sold between Aug. 22, 2021 and Aug. 24, 2021

Package # 1A40503000122A1000000582

Pina Grande Bud

Sold between Aug. 16, 2021 and Aug. 21, 2021

Package # 1A40503000122A1000000583

Pina Grande Bud

Sold between Aug.16, 2021 and Aug. 29, 2021

Package # 1A40503000122A1000000584

Pina Grande Bud

Sold between Aug. 16, 2021 and Aug. 29, 2021

The MRA advises consumers who bought these products to return them to the retailer where they were purchased for proper disposal.

MRA spokesman David Harns told MLive.com that 1.69 pounds of the contaminated cannabis made it to consumers, but would not share the total weight of product affected or how much was on store shelves at the time of the recall.

Harns also told the news outlet that the agency cannot comment on when the products were cleared for sale, when they tested positive for the pesticides or how regulators determined that the trimmer caused the contamination.

“I can’t comment on ... the questions because we are still investigating,” Harns said. “More info should be available once the investigation is complete.”

Glo is licensed to grow up to 500 cannabis plants at a facility in Kalkaska, MLive.com reported. Andrew Keiswetter, retail operations manager for The Woods Cheboygan, told the news outlet that he spoke to a representative from Glo and was told that the company purchased a new trim machine that had the residual contaminants.

“The rep for Glo gave us a heads-up. To minimize any kind of damage with customers, we pulled it ASAP and sat on it until we got the news that we were in fact going to have to have it destroyed,” Keiswetter told MLive.com, adding that the dispensary pulled the affected product off the shelves Aug. 29.