Pathogenic contamination of cannabis products unregulated territory
As cannabis products are legalized in more US states, the issue of food safety hazards associated with their production becomes complicated and, often, unregulated. There are many risks in the consumption of cannabis products that have not been properly inspected, which pose some serious health concerns. Cannabis products can be contaminated with pathogens such as salmonella and e. coli that go undetected.
Although a number of states have legalized cannabis, it is not legal under federal law. Therefore, federal regulations for food safety are not applied to cannabis products throughout the process of growing the plant and the production of consumable cannabis products.
Pests and pest control measures used in the growth of cannabis plants can cause pathogenic contamination. However, since the product is not legal on the federal level, it is not subject to federal pest control regulations for food and pharmaceutical operations.
Cannabis products are also susceptible to salmonella and e. coli contamination at the production level, when employees handle the product. The production line poses many opportunities for cross-contamination. However, food safety procedures and policies that include proper personal hygiene and handling procedures for preparing, packaging, and holding the cannabis products are not required and the process is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Potential contamination of cannabis products will continue as long as there is no FDA oversight and no official, comprehensive food safety regulation for growing and handling the product.
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