Sacramento testing lab found falsifying reports, recall likely
A Sacramento cannabis testing lab called Sequoia Analytical Labs has been found falsifying pesticide testing reports, and has surrendered its license for operation to the authorities. There was apparently some faulty equipment running, and someone at the lab decided to falsify reports rather than fix the equipment. About 700-800 batches of cannabis products were affected, but it’s not yet clear what those products were. A recall seems likely, but the lab’s general manager says that it’s likely products will be retested rather than automatically destroyed. Just because the lab’s reports are wrong doesn’t necessarily mean the product is tainted just yet.
Unfortunately, this kind of thing will happen — while it would be great if every testing rule was followed to the letter, the cannabis industry is growing fast enough that there are bound to be some problems here and there. Fortunately, the lab caught the error and is cooperating with regulators, in hopes of opening back up at the beginning of the new year. We’ll keep an eye out for recall information on any affected products as well.
One of the biggest concerns as the industry grows and matures is just making sure that when consumers go to buy product, it’s as clean and pure as possible. Pesticide testing is a big part of that, and hopefully labs like this will stick to high standards and avoid errors and missteps in the future.