California Lab Testing Facility Admits to Faking Pesticide Results

A Sacramento, California testing lab is currently facing permanent shutdown after admitting to faking pesticide outcomes. The company, Sequoia Analytical Labs, is one of four Sacramento testing facilities, and one of just 44 across all of California. Sequoia’s general manager is currently taking full responsibility for the fake lab results. The laboratory director responsible for the data that was falsified has lost his job and its testing license has been surrendered by Sequoia. But the city of Sacramento is currently looking into imposing additional sanctions.

Steven Dutra described learning about the data as a “ gut punch 19, coming from his laboratory. It required one surprise visit to state inspectors to catch the fraud. Dutra says Sequoia’s now-former lab manager, Marc Foster, straight up confessed to inspectors who caught him. Inspectors simply asked from. And Foster responded , frankly, “I faked it. ”

Foster told inspectors he faked data on 22 of the 66 pesticides California’s cannabis regulations limit. But we don’t know which pesticides at this time. We do know that results were faked by Foster for 700 tests over a four month period. Each test examined a sample of a 50 pound batch of cannabis. So that means Sequoia’s laboratory manager cleared more than 35,000 pounds of weed using false pesticide outcomes.

Recall Unlikely as Contaminated Products Have Likely Already Been Consumed

Sequoia Analytical ships out cannabis products to more than 30 different distributors who supply dozens of merchants. The problem is that dispensary owners and retailers have. Before state-wide adult-use legalization, retailers often had connections with testing labs. Under new regulations, however, it s up to distributors, not retailers, to make sure all products and laboratory tests have passed. So retailers need to wait and see what the Bureau of Cannabis Control will inform them.

Up to now, the Bureau of Cannabis Control hasn’t issued any public statement regarding a recall of the tested cannabis. Sacramento’s chief of Cannabis Enforcement did say the city is currently looking at suspending and possibly revoking. To avoid that possibility, Dutra is doing everything. Dutra wants to pay to re-test the samples at another laboratory, just to make sure that there s nothing wrong with them. But tracking down polluted products would be tough. And there s no warranty, since the data covers that consumers haven ’ t bought and used most of the cannabis with test results that are false.

As for the risk this all poses to consumers, Dutra says chances of consuming contaminated products are minimal. Even though 20 percent of California cannabis products failed laboratory tests after rigorous new regulations went into effect on July 1, nearly failed because of improper packaging. Since July have failed because of pesticide contamination, comparatively percent of products tested.

California Desperate for More Licensed Testing Labs

Sequoia Analytics is out of operation for the time being. But Dutra hopes to regain the company. Sequoia is currently looking for a new laboratory director. While data poses health risks to consumers, a testing lab’s loss will be felt. California needs more licensed testing labs, especially given new demands. Presently, the scarcity of licensed labs has resulted in numerous supply chain bottlenecks, preventing in-demand products from reaching dispensary shelves.

Published at Wed, 05 Dec 2018 21:04:23 +0000

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