TORONTO, May 5, 2017 /CNW/ - Cronos Group Inc.'s (TSXV:MJN) wholly owned licensed producer, the Peace Naturals Project Inc. ("Peace"), was notified on May 4, 2017 by Health Canada that upon testing a random cannabis leaf sample, trace levels of Piperonyl Butoxide (PBO) were discovered at 0.78 parts per million (ppm). PBO is an organic compound known as a synergist.
Peace's root cause analysis indicates that this was the result of cross-contamination from a sanitation protocol that is no longer practiced at Peace. The sanitation protocol has not been practiced since new management implemented an improved production methodology after taking control of Peace. The source of the PBO was a PMRA approved product that was used to sanitize empty rooms between harvests.
There is no evidence to suggest that PBO at these levels is likely to cause any adverse health effects when inhaled or ingested. However, out of an abundance of caution, Peace is in the process of assessing which lots have been impacted, notifying patients, and will voluntarily recall any products that have even potentially been implicated.
"Our first priority is the health and safety of our patients. We take safety testing seriously and are working closely with Health Canada to determine next steps. We are committed to demonstrating that Peace and the ACMPR are the global gold standard for safe, regulated cannabis," says Mike Gorenstein, Chief Executive Officer of Cronos Group.
Peace does not use unapproved pesticides and is supportive of Health Canada's initiatives to conduct random testing. Peace has been proactively pesticide testing its products in addition to the mandated safety testing required under the ACMPR. After sharing the results of these tests with Health Canada, Peace is confident that all products currently available for sale are not impacted and will not disrupt our provision of safe medicinal cannabis to our patients.
Peace Naturals was acquired by the Cronos Group in September 2016, replacing prior management, and has since been issued a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification in accordance with the rules governing medicinal products in the European Union. This is one of the highest standards a pharmaceutical manufacturer can meet for medicinal products.
About Cronos Group
Cronos Group, is a geographically diversified and vertically integrated cannabis company that operates two wholly-owned Licensed Producers ("LPs") regulated within Health Canada's Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (the "ACMPR") and holds a portfolio of minority investments in other Licensed Producers. The Company's flagship LPs, Peace Naturals Project Inc. (Ontario), and In The Zone Produce Ltd. (British Columbia) are collectively situated on over 125 acres of agricultural land and are currently licensed to produce 2,600 kg of cannabis on an annual basis. The Company also holds minority equity positions in Whistler Medical Marijuana and other Licensed Producers. Cronos Group is focused on building an international iconic brand portfolio, providing patients with compassionate and personalized care, and creating value for our shareholders.
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