Alberta reports Canada’s first cannabis beverage recall

Alberta’s provincial cannabis regulator is recalling multiple lots of cannabis beverages from Ontario-based AgMedica Bioscience’s Vertical brand in what appears to be the first-ever recall of a regulated marijuana beverage in Canada.

The products are being recalled because of labeling errors.

The voluntary recall covers four lots of AgMedica’s 55-milliliter Vertical Pomegranate Blueberry beverage, with the following lot numbers:
  • EXPE-18-20073B1.
  • EXPE-18-20074B1.
  • EXPE-18-20105B1.
  • EXPE-18-20106B1.

Three lots of AgMedica’s 55-milliliter Vertical Lemon Lime beverage have also been recalled:

  • EXPE-18-20075L1.
  • EXPE-18-20076L1.
  • EXPE-18-20076L2.

“Please note that the cause of the recall does not pose a hazard to the health of consumers,” Alberta Cannabis wrote in a recall notice.

“The units in the specified lots may contain a cannabis product with a lower THC content than the labeled THC total.”

Consumers who bought the affected beverages from private retailers or are asked to return them for a refund.

Retailers are asked to remove the products from shelves and set them aside until wholesaler Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis can authorize a return.

The company did not immediately return a query from Marijuana Business Daily on whether the recalled products were distributed in other provinces.

Incorrect labeling is the most common reason for cannabis recalls in Canada, with recent examples including pre-rolls from Sundial Growers and dried cannabis bud from Aurora Cannabis subsidiary MedReleaf.

Seven notices involving cannabis were posted to Health Canada’s recall portal between Oct. 17, 2018 and early 2019.