If the overdosing and concentrations in Colorado’s edible marijuana foods don’t get you, maybe the pathogens will.
In a sweep of the new marijuana food manufacturers, the Denver Department of Environmental Health has found 58 critical violations at 24 establishments. More than 50 of these edible businesses have opened statewide since recreational pot sales became legal in the Mile High State. Most are located in the Mile High City.
City environmental health officials did the unannounced inspections since March, about the time reports were surfacing about the problems with dosing and THC concentrations in the state’s new menu of marijuana edibles, including a wide variety of food products.
Inspectors found typical problems, including failure to refrigerate products to avoid bacterial growth. The inspections have brought three recalls and the destruction of thousands of dollars worth of product found to be unsafe for human consumption.
In these inspections, the city applied the same food safety standards to the pot businesses as it does to restaurants and other food businesses.
Separately, the Marijuana Enforcement Division is looking at the dosage and concentration problems that have surfaced since pot became legal on Jan. 1, 2014. Edible pot overdosing is said to have been a factor in multiple emergency room visits by children and in two adult deaths.
In addition, the Colorado Legislature has asked for a study of how to best package edibles to avoid their mistaken consumption by children.© Food Safety News