Employees restock edibles at a Denver area marijuana shop on Jan. 1, 2014. (Seth McConnell, Denver Post file)

Marijuana biz EdiPure issues fourth edibles recall in less than two months

Marijuana business EdiPure voluntarily recalled more of its cannabis-infused edibles on Monday over concerns they contain potentially dangerous pesticides banned for use on marijuana in Colorado.

The recall, which affects 92 packages, is EdiPure’s fourth in less than two months — and the city of Denver’s 15th cannabis recall in as many weeks. In total, EdiPure has recalled around 63,000 packages of marijuana-infused edibles, according to data from Denver’s Department of Environmental Health.

The banned pesticide chemicals found in EdiPure’s most recent recalled product: myclobutanil and etoxazole. Previous EdiPure recalls involved the presence of myclobutanil, imidacloprid, avermectin, etoxazole and spiromefesin.

“We voluntarily complied with a very small, single-batch recall today,” EdiPure spokesperson Kyle Forti told The Cannabist on Monday. “This appears to also be part of the larger, ongoing confusion surrounding pesticide testing and methodologies utilized by regulatory officials in Denver — an issue that has quickly become a serious concern for the entire industry.”

As news of the company’s third recall broke earlier this month, EdiPure criticized Gobi Analytical, the private testing lab contracted by the city of Denver to determine the presence and levels of banned pesticides in pot and marijuana products. EdiPure called Gobi’s methodology “dubious at best, relying more on voodoo math and junk science than certified and standard scientific testing methods” in a notice posted on its social media.

Marijuana edibles are displayed at a marijuana shop in Denver. (Anya Semenoff, Denver Post file)
Marijuana edibles are displayed at a marijuana shop in Denver. (Anya Semenoff, Denver Post file)

Gobi responded to EdiPure’s slam by saying it uses “the most widely used technique to detect and quantify pesticides in plant and food products. This technique is the standard method for determining pesticide residues in the United States and Europe.”

EdiPure said Monday it will follow up its accusation — which ultimately takes aim at the very foundation of Denver’s recent pesticide enforcement actions — with the release of information that proves its case against testing lab Gobi and the city of Denver.

“EdiPure is on the verge of securing some very definitive information to pass along regarding the progress we’ve made and are excited to share that publicly in the very near future,” Forti added.

The Cannabist is maintaining an updated list of the recalls so readers can check the labels on their marijuana and pot products against those of the tainted recalled items.

Customers with the recalled products should dispose of them or return them to the point of purchase.