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PHOENIX, Ariz. – A number of marijuana dispensaries in Arizona are recalling various products due to possible salmonella and aspergillus contamination. The Arizona Health and Safety Department issued a news release Nov. 11, listing the names of the two suspected companies, Baked Bros and Toasted.
The potentially contaminated products include a variety of ingestible syrups specifically linked to salmonella and its symptoms, as well as distillates specifically linked to the symptoms of aspergillus.
No illnesses have been reported from products so far. Nevertheless, the AHSD urges customers to throw away products listed on its website.
If consumers experience symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps, shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, fatigue, chest pain, or a reduced sense of smell, the AHSD advises them to contact their healthcare provider for appropriate treatment.
“Thank God they’re actually recalling the products. For people who use this stuff on a daily basis, it could become a huge safety hazard that could land them in the hospital for who knows how long. I suffer with extreme allergies, and aspergillus symptoms can present itself like allergies, so it’s important for people to monitor their bodies, especially if they’ve purchased or used the recalled products,” said Riley Watkins, a cannabis user.
This marijuana recall resembles one that took place in June. Eight products in total were recalled due to possible contamination with salmonella, aspergillus, and mold.
“I remember when the recall happened back in the summer. I remember being a little paranoid during that time as well, so to have it happening again is a little bit like déjà vu,” said Emily Jackson, a cannabis user. “It’s scary knowing that products you use can make you sick and makes me a little paranoid to keep purchasing from the dispensaries around here.”
During both this and the June recall, the contaminations were discovered during routine audits in the laboratories making the products. This was after the samples were reported as free of contaminants, which led to the distribution of the products.
“It’s quite concerning learning that this has happened twice. I personally use marijuana to help my anxiety and use many different products from joints, to edibles, to wax pens. So, the fact that this is happening again because false information was given to these dispensaries is a little disturbing,” said Natalie Jepsen, a marijuana user. “The last thing I would want to happen is for me, or anybody else for that matter, to end up in the hospital because of using a product they thought was safe. There needs to be more strict rules and regulations placed on these auditors and inspectors.”
Phoenix residents with questions regarding the recall should contact the dispensaries they purchased the products from.