Report: 80% of Random Denver Flower Samples Fail Mold, Yeast Tests


About 80 % of cannabis randomly tested by the Denver, Colorado Division of Public Overall health and Atmosphere failed tests for prospective yeast and mold, according to a Westword report. The agency has not however produced the benefits of the tests public but Westword was capable to critique reports from the action filed involving September 9 and September 11.

City officials announced the assessment in August, explaining that it would conduct the tests in about 25 retail dispensaries and the participants and samples would be randomly chosen.

“Each sample will be tested for pesticides and total yeast and mold by a state- and ISO-certified marijuana testing facility,” the agency mentioned in the announcement.

Of the 25 reports filed more than the two days, 20 items tested resulted in at least 1 or additional hold and quarantine orders for flower, shake or pre-rolls, an 80 % failure price. Each and every of these holds is tied to plant matter testing above the maximum counts for total yeast and mold, the report says.

Some of the items tested might not have been from the random sample, although, according to DDPHE meals and marijuana security manager Abby Davidson who told Westword some could be from “routine inspections” and that the agency does not “typically” conduct 25 investigations a week.

“All of our enforcement in our perform from the starting of workings with marijuana facilities is public. So possibly some [reports connected to the assessment] went out prior to, possibly some went out following.” – Davidson, to Westword

One particular dispensary owner who failed the assessment blamed the outcome on the state’s tracking method, METRC, which, the owner claims, permitted them to obtain the flower which need to have been flagged by the tracking application if it failed laboratory testing.

“If we had any inclination that the item would not have passed testing, we would have not received or bought the item wholesale,” the dispensary owner told Westword. “We are debating whether or not or not to take legal action against the vendor for this inconvenience and loss of organization that we have skilled.”

Davidson admitted that dispensaries could not have had any hand at contaminating the items that failed the assessment.

“Or it could be that there have been processes that occurred following cultivation that possibly would’ve led to contamination,” Davidson mentioned in the report. “It’s definitely really hard to point any fingers till we’re capable to do our investigation and backtrack to how that item got to that dispensary.”

An sector CEO mentioned the agency tests are “based on questionable scientific principles.”

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