• Abby Stoddard, PharmD,MBA

OLCC Voluntary Product Recall Alert

As part of an on-going consumer product safety investigation regarding vaping products and their additives, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission has identified products sold within the Oregon recreational cannabis market that contain additives linked to safety concerns when inhaled.

The recalled products are vaping products that were manufactured with a diluent containing squalene and squalane, which have been linked to respiratory safety concerns similar to vitamin E acetate. The OLCC is working to identify processors that may have used this diluent and is requesting additional information from several licensees.

Oregrown, a vertically integrated cannabis licensee, acted quickly and provided necessary documentation to the OLCC to aide in their investigation. As a result of their swift action they were able to identify the use of the diluent in question and have voluntarily recalled any impacted products out of an abundance of caution.

The impacted products are Oregrown PAX Era D9 Elite style vaping products made on or before August 31, 2019. Between April 2018 and October 2020 over 260 licensed retailers sold these items, and the most recent sales of the impacted products were in October 2020.

Consumers should check their product for the date of manufacture and the label identification number. If your Oregrown PAX Era D9 Elite vape was made on or after August 31, 2019 and contains the label identification number '2520' it should be destroyed or returned to the retailer where it was purchased.

The OLCC provides information on how to dispose of cannabis products at home here.

Read the full press release from the OLCC here or the article in the Willamette Weekly here. Thank you to Oregrown for acting quickly in the interest of consumer safety; we expect more updates and actions from the OLCC as their investigation and rulemaking on vaping additives continues.

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