Cannabis flower produced and sold by one of Colorado’s largest vertically integrated retailers was recalled for potential unsafe levels of total yeast and mold.
The recalled cultivar, Gelato Cake, was sold as a pre-weighed half ounce at LivWell Enlightened Health dispensaries across the state between the approximate dates of Dec. 30, 2021, and Jan. 20, 2022, according to a health and safety advisory issued March 11 by Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The harvest batch number for the recalled product is: GELCAK#1F35B10/18/21.0252
“Consumers who have these affected products in their possession should destroy them or return them to the retail store from which they were purchased for proper disposal,” the advisory reads. “Consumers who experience adverse health effects from consuming the product should seek medical attention immediately and report the event to the Marijuana Enforcement Division by submitting a MED Reporting Form.
LivWell has 21 dispensaries throughout Colorado, 19 of which offer adult-use cannabis, Westword reported.
A LivWell executive said an investigation leading to the recall stemmed from a customer’s inquiry, according to the news outlet.
In a statement provided to Westword, LivWell Vice President of Marketing Chris Mapson said, “LivWell Enlightened Health is committed to delivering exceptional cannabis products to our customers, and we care deeply about the purity of our products. As such, we have strict production policies at our facilities to ensure that the products we make meet the quality assurance testing standards required by Colorado law.
“While we serve thousands of patients and consumers every day, complaints are very rare. In January of this year, we received a customer inquiry about a small amount of cannabis flower. We immediately pulled the entire batch from which this originated and self-reported the incident to the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED).”
Mapson also said molds and other natural organisms are an inherent factor in the production and storage of agricultural products such as cannabis, and that LivWell’s products are tested by state-licensed, independent laboratories to help ensure they meet industry standards.