Several Arizona marijuana establishments are recalling specific edible and smokable products because of possible Aspergillus and Salmonella contamination.
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is advising purchasers to dispose of the products described in the table below, which were found in laboratory tests to be positive for Aspergillus and/or Salmonella.
|Cultivator||Product Name||Batch Number||Product Type||Implicated Contaminant|
|Cannabist||Cap’s Frozen Lemon||041323-LR.CFL||Live Resin, Concentrate||Salmonella|
|Cannabist||Twisted Lemonz||041023-LR.CBN.1||Live Resin, Concentrate||Salmonella|
|Cannabist||Cherry Punch||221116-02-40||Plant, Trim||Aspergillus|
|Cannabist||Ghost Train Haze||040423-LR.GTH||Live Resin, Concentrate||Salmonella|
As of the posting of this recall, no illnesses have been reported.
Consumers who have purchased potentially contaminated products should not ingest, inhale, or otherwise consume them and should dispose of them. If consumers have already consumed any of the products and have any of the symptoms described below, they should contact their healthcare provider or seek care in the event of an emergency.
Aspergillus spores can cause allergic reactions or infections. Symptoms range from asthma or cold-like symptoms to fever and chest pain, among many others. A full list of symptoms is available on the CDC’s website.
About Salmonella infections
Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria does not usually look, smell, or taste spoiled. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection. Infants, children, seniors, and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are fragile, according to the CDC.
Anyone who has used any of the recalled marijuana products and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention. Sick people should tell their doctors about the possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria because special tests are necessary to diagnose salmonellosis. Salmonella infection symptoms can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnosis.
Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Otherwise, healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients require hospitalization.
Older adults, children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop a severe illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions.
Some people get infected without getting sick or showing any symptoms. However, they may still spread the infections to others.
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