The Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission has issued a recall for a batch of cannabis flower, from a Bend-based producer, that has tested positive for arsenic.

The OLCC is advising the retailers and the public not to sell or consume a batch of Bend Cannabis Company’s Blueberry Muffin flower. No sales have been made since June 23.

The Bend Cannabis Company released the following statement Monday after the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission issued a recall last week for a batch of cannabis flower that tested positive for arsenic.

"The OLCC has recently recalled our Blueberry Muffin strain of flower. Although we commend the OLCC on pursuing public safety, there were many details surrounding the recall that should be clarified. The recall was for approximately 1/3 of 1 pound of flower being sold at 1 retail location in Bend, Oregon. This product was grown organically only using water and organic soil. The soil used is commonly used in this industry and widely available at most local garden supply stores. The product tested and recalled was not required to be tested, however in the interest of being able to successfully implement the upcoming changes to testing requirements, we electively tested this product. The test results were 0.266 parts per million where the threshold in Oregon is 0.2 The threshold in Washington and Colorado for the same arsenic heavy metal test is 10 parts per million. Oregon’s limits on arsenic are about 50 times more strict than these other states. We have addressed the issue and have worked with a new soil manufacture to ensure heavy metals are not present in our flower or soil that is in production now. Thank you, Bend Cannabis Company."

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