The FDA announced a recall press release on June 23rd regarding elevated heavy metals (lead) in dozens of hemp cbd products made for the consumption of humans and pets. The company MHR Brands, and its subsidiary InHe Manufacturing, LLC, were notified by the Florida Department of Health about the lead contamination. In response, the brand investigated the contamination and discovered the graduated droppers, provided by a third party to be the culprit.
According to the FDA, exposure to lead, can potentially cause adverse health effects including, pain, paresthesia/muscle weakness, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, poor appetite, weight loss, symptoms associated with encephalitis, metallic taste in the mouth, shock, hemolysis or kidney damage.
MHR Brands and regulatory authorities responded to the situation the following actions:
- Issued a voluntary nationwide recall of the affected products, providing every customer with replacement products at no cost to the customer; and
- Retained a replacement third-party packaging supplier for all replacement and future products.
- Discontinue use of graduated droppers in the future.
Consumers, humans and pets, who are experiencing any adverse effects as a result of using the products should contact their health providers. For a free replacement of the product, contact MHR Brands at 844-300-5673 Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm (EST) or email at [email protected]
We applaud the quick response of the Florida Department of Health. This occurrence sheds light on the lack of regulations on Hemp CBD products and potential harm to consumers. Current federal regulations, according to the 2018 Farm Bill, only calls for Hemp harvest to test at or below 0.3% THC. These regulations do not require testing for contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides, and other harmful constitutes.
The cannabis industry has seen first-hand the dangers associated with untested and unregulated cannabis. In 2019, 2,807 illnesses were directly attributed to the vape crises. CannaSafe data reveled these illicit vapes to be filled with Vitamin E acetate, heavy metals, pesticides and other compounds that have the potential to cause harm, especially when heated.
The FDA continues their preparation to issue regulations for marketing of legal CBD. As of now, the FDA does not allow for CBD to be marketed as a food item or dietary supplement and is making an effort go after companies who are making extreme claims.
If you are a manufacturer or brand that is having trouble determining the source of contamination in your products, CannaSafe is here to help. Call us (818) 922-2416 or email us [email protected] today.