OSDH Suspends Oklahoma City Marijuana Testing Lab’s License, OMMA Recalls 99 Products Contaminated With Salmonella, E. Coli, Yeast, Mold
KTUL-Callie Morris - May 25, 2022 5:42 am
TULSA, Oklahoma – (KTUL)
The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority has recalled nearly 100 medical marijuana products after samples failed tests for mold, E. coli, yeast, and salmonella.
State Commissioner of Health Keith Reed issued the emergency order for Scale Laboratories in Oklahoma City after complaints of rule violations surfaced. The order says that an inspection by OMMA in April found multiple health threats. That testing laboratory’s license has been temporarily suspended.
The OMMA inspected Scale Laboratories three times in April and found that the lab:
- Reported passing test results to licensees on 138 samples that failed tests for yeast and mold. Scale also reported passing test results to licensees for nine samples that failed testing for aspergillus, five samples that failed testing for E. coli and one sample that failed testing for salmonella;
- Did not use appropriate procedures or recordkeeping for testing for microbiological contamination, pesticides or heavy metals;
- Did not use appropriate quality control methods;
- Manipulated testing data; and
- Routinely deviated from its standard operating procedures.
The OMMA alerted growers and processors about the recall and they are required to inform dispensaries, who will inform the patients who purchased the product. Patients with recalled products should return them to the dispensary.
“We are first and foremost concerned about the health, safety, and welfare of patients who might consume harmful marijuana products. Let this serve as a warning to any licensee attempting to skirt state laws: We work diligently behind the scenes to find and take down the bad actors within this industry,” said OMMA Executive Director Adria Berry. “If you’re engaging in actions that threaten the health and safety of Oklahomans, you won’t get away with it. Our inspection teams are working across the state to keep Oklahomans safe by identifying problems and gathering the necessary evidence to help shut down bad actors that choose to break the law.”