Health Canada announce increased random testing for Licensed Producers

Health Canada say they will begin conducting random testing of medical cannabis produced by licensed producers (LPs) after two recent voluntary recalls of products found to contain prohibited pesticides.

In a statement released earlier today, Health Canada didn’t name the two LPs in question – Organigram and Mettrum (now under the Canopy Growth umbrella) – that were recently caught using chemical products that are not among the 13 currently approved under the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA), but said they were satisfied with the response by the companies.

“Corrective actions have been implemented by both companies, including an expanded testing regime that covers myclobutanil and other pest control products,” the release states. “The expanded product testing program will further enhance the Department’s existing regime of regular unannounced inspections of licensed producer facilities, as well as the controls in place by licensed producers. Health Canada is committed to continuously improving on safety practices even though existing programs demonstrate effectiveness in identifying issues of non-compliance.”

There are currently 38 licensed producers authorized by Health Canada to provide medical cannabis.