Microbial testing is necessary to ensure that cannabis products are safe to consume. However, the risks associated with microbial levels vary according to the product, and how it is consumed. In Canada, this is complicated by a challenging regulatory environment.
There is a considerable lack of consistency in variety or strain names, and few universally adopted standards for testing in the legal cannabis industry today. This is of particular concern for the medical market, where inconsistencies may affect patients’ treatments.
Founded 35 years ago as a soil testing and agronomy research laboratory for all kinds of agricultural applications, A&L Canada Laboratories is one of the oldest cannabis analytical testing labs in Canada.
The hop latent viroid (HLVd) is an infectious pathogen which causes disease in cannabis plants. It first came to the cannabis industry’s notice in California back in 2018. Now, the viroid has taken hold in Canada.
Health Canada’s Forward Regulatory Plan for 2020-2022 includes proposed amendments to the Cannabis Exemption Regulations and the Cannabis Regulations to facilitate cannabis research, including taste and effect testing.