The Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued a Health and Safety Advisory Oct. 26 over flower potentially contaminated with mold.

Officials have identified “potentially unsafe levels of total yeast and mold and aspergillus” on medical cannabis flower produced by SDJ, LLC, which does business in Colorado as The Living Rose.

According to the advisory, harvest batches of medical cannabis produced by SDJ were not submitted for testing in accordance with state law, and when the batches were tested, the results showed total yeast, mold and aspergillus levels above the acceptable limits.

State officials advise consumers to check the labels on their medical cannabis products for the below license and harvest batch numbers, which indicate that the products are impacted by the recall. Consumers who have the affected products should destroy them or return them to the dispensary where they were purchased for proper disposal.

Shannon Gray, a spokesperson for the DOR, declined to comment on the specifics of the ongoing investigation, but told Cannabis Business Times that “the facts of each investigation (including aggravating and mitigating factors) all determine the overall recommendation for an agency action once an investigation concludes.”

“A Health and Safety Advisory is often issued in the earlier stages of an investigation, once it has been determined that potentially unsafe products reached consumers, to alert affected consumers as soon as possible,” Gray said. “Following the identification and quarantine of unsafe products, the investigation will continue. Ultimately, the State Licensing Authority (also the Department of Revenue’s Executive Director) determines and imposes penalties for non-compliance with regulations, which can include fines or suspension of a business, or in some cases, a revocation of a license for violations of testing requirements.”

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