Pesticide Scare Recalls May Be Unfounded

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Pesticide Scare Recalls May Be Unfounded

After hearing about Denver issuing yet another recall for marijuana products — its third for EdiPure in six weeks — one might start to wonder, "who is recalling these products?" and "what's in 'em that's so bad?" or maybe, "why is Denver the only one I hear recalling shit all the time?" Well, the short answer is that Denver has kindly fallen on the grenade, so to speak, in that they get to figure out widespread access and its regulation for the rest of us. Inherent in that process is a great deal of learning, trial by error, and plain old missteps along the way. 

While edibles company EdiPure is voluntarily recalling more than 35,000 products due to the threat of particular pesticide residues deemed unsafe by the Denver Department of Health, why these particular pesticides are unfit and the testing process by which these results are procured are under question. Apparently the lab, Gobi Analytical, utilized by the city of Denver, is not up to snuff.

"While EdiPure has always fought for stronger and more effective testing policies in Colorado, it is also our belief that the methods employed by this particular lab are dubious at best, relying more on voodoo math and junk science than certified and standard scientific testing methods."

Methods that result in "false positives and poor testing" should be scrutinized, but Gobi Analytical is not having it. Owner, Peter Perrone, stands by his tests results.

“Voodoo science? Actually, dude, I’m using pretty much exactly the same methodology that the Colorado Department of Agriculture uses," Perrone said.

Dude, what is way worse is that the list of offensive pesticides that is tested for might be dubious in and of itself. Since we lack a national governing body that can compile a body of research across the nation through self-administered funding, Denver's Department of Health has to make a list of no-use products based on scant information, disallowing pesticides that may cause harm through inhalation and ingestion of plant derivatives through high heat application — of which there are no analogues in the agriculture industry — and instead allowing products that give broad application information. 

You are fighting the good fight, Denver. Never fret; these are just growing pains.