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Almost 20 percent of marijuana products tested in state-licensed labs in California from failed to meet standards set out by the Bureau of Cannabis Control. 

The results, which correspond to testing between July 1 and August 29, found that the vast majority of failures came from improperly labelled THC levels. According to State Law, THC levels must test within a ten percent range of what is posted on the label of the product. The issue can be rectified by simply reprinting the label with the accurate THC level.

A much smaller number of failures were due to unacceptable levels of pesticides, solvents and bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella, according to statistics from the Bureau Of Cannabis Control.
Nearly 11,000 samples were taken in the first two months, corresponding to almost 2,000 failures. 

Many in the industry believe that the standards set out by the state are unrealistic and that lab test failures can be caused by lab glitches. On the other side of the debate, many labs believe that the list of things to be tested for should be expanded, as they say some strains will have mould on them but because it is not a type that is considered by regulations, it will still be passed. 

It a statement the California Department of Public Health said it had not received any verified reports of illness resulting from consumption of a cannabis product attributed to mould or bacteria.

Source: https://business.financialpost.com/pmn/business-pmn/many-california-marijuana-products-failing-safety-tests

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