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State of California recalls weed products found with toxic mold. What’s on the list?

Sacramento Bee - 5/22/2024

The California Department of Cannabis Control has issued several recalls of cannabis products due to potential contamination with mold, or Aspergillus.

According to the National Institutes of Health, an agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and public health research, Aspergillus is a “plant-infecting and toxigenic fungi” that is most commonly found in cannabis and hemp flowers.

“Aspergillus was the most common organism associated with infection of cannabis users,” the health agency said in a 2023 report.

Here are the weed products that were recalled in California due to Aspergillus:

What weed products were recalled for mold?

There are two types of recalls, according to the California Department of Cannabis Control.

Mandatory recalls are ordered by the department when there’s an urgent and serious health risk. Voluntary recalls are conducted by cannabis businesses when a business discovers their cannabis product is mislabeled, defective, or unsafe.

The following cannabis products were subject to mandatory recalls on the specified dates due to Aspergillus contamination:

What should I do with my recalled weed?

If you purchased any of the infected products, the Department of Cannabis Control recommends checking your package for the matching UID and batch number.

“Dispose of the product or return it to the retailer for proper disposal,” the department said.

Based on previous mandatory recalls, licensees or businesses will take approved action to resolve the issue.

Will I get sick from contaminated weed?

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people breathe in Aspergillus spores every day without getting sick.

However, individuals with weakened immune systems or lung diseases are at risk of developing health problems when exposed to Aspergillus.

These are some of the common symptoms of exposure:

“If you are experiencing symptoms or any adverse reactions, contact your physician immediately,” the Department of Cannabis Control said.

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