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@BenMGC might have some feedback, here is his Growers Spotlight article: CALIFORNIA MICROBIAL TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR CANNABIS
Recently, the Bureau of Cannabis Control released its long-awaited cannabis regulations. At Medicinal Genomics, we are particularly interested in the microbial testing requirements, as it affects the laboratories in California that are using our PathogINDICAtor® qPCR Microbial Detection Platform.
All-in-all, our laboratory customers will be happy with the regulations. They are favorable to qPCR methods like PathogINDICAtor because the state requires testing for specific microbial targets and does not set detection thresholds using colony forming units (CFU).
California is the first state to require testing for only pathogenic microbial impurities:
Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC)
Pathogenic Aspergillus species (A. fumigatus, A. flavus, A. niger, and A. terreus)
The state requires cannabis testing labs test inhaled cannabis products for all six targets, while non-inhaled products need only be tested for STEC and Salmonella.
Cannabis testing labs that are currently using culture-based tests for microbes will have a very difficult time validating their method on Aspergillus. Aspergillus is notoriously difficult to grow in a culture medium because it tends to grow very slowly and colonies clump together to form a heterogenous macrocolony (see below). As a result, there are no commercially available culture-based tests that can detect Aspergillus.
However, qPCR methods can detect Aspergillus DNA. Our PathogINDICAtor Aspergillus detection assays have been validated on cannabis flower, extract, and edibles. We have also multiplexed all four Aspergillus species into a single assay, so testing labs only need to use one well on a 96-well plate.
I just got an e-mail from @agrisciencetesting about some of the new testing happening Colorado on February 1st:
Medical cannabis products will require testing for contaminants.
The full micro panel will be required on medical flower, edibles, topical, non-solvent-based concentrates, and remediated solvent-based concentrates. The full panel consists of total yeast and mold, shiga toxin-producing E. coli, and salmonella.
Residual solvent analysis will be required on medical solvent-based concentrates.
You may pursue process validation for both of the above tests to avoid testing every batch. Read more about the 1/1/18 process validation regulation updates on an earlier post.
Honestly, I encourage the changes and more strict testing. Let’s keep people safe(r.)
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Continuing the discussion from Has anyone had issues passing microbial testing for your products?:
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Oregon stopped requiring testing for mold and bacteria. Water activity is tested and if in the proper zone, nothing should be able to grow. Generally, mycotoxins aren’t produced at threatening levels, and microbials (specifically salmonella) are only tested at the state’s request. My lab said they have never run those tests for the state, and when I asked what a mold and microbial would cost, it took them awhile to look up the price. Apparently, nobody pays for them without cause.
I am not here to argue the finer points about the benefits of rourinely testing these things, I am just relaying what I was told about the issue from my lab, in Oregon, when I was asking questions about testing.
Maybe if we sold just hops to brewers the testing would go away! How many pesticides are tested on hops and wheat for beer. The OLCC is only worried about cannabis consumers! Spread the love guys…
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