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Reintroduction of Products for Sale and Precautionary Voluntary Product Recall

As of May 2, 2017

"On May 16, 2017 Hydropothecary announced that the precautionary voluntary stop sale implemented on May 2, 2017 has been lifted. Clients can order their products as normal, through the online store or by calling our 24/7 line at 1-844-406-1852."

Additionally, Hydropothecary initiated a precautionary voluntary recall of fourteen lots of medical marijuana. This is the result of the presence of myclobutanil, a fungicide approved for use in agriculture (e.g. apples trees, almonds, strawberries, vegetables, soybeans and grape vines) but is not approved for use on cannabis. These products have tested positive for traces amounts over 0.01 parts per million (ppm), but no more than 0.08 ppm.

Health Canada has deemed this a Type III recall, defined as "a situation in which the use of, or exposure to, a product is not likely to cause any adverse health consequences." All affected clients are being notified.

Results of the lots now released for sale show no sign of contamination. Hydropothecary has begun posting these lots on our pesticide testing page found here: https://thehydropothecary.com/pesticide-test-results

We will continue to test product using its previously implemented voluntary testing program and support Health Canada’s mandatory testing initiative announced on May 5, 2017.

As part of our commitment to transparency to our clients and the public we are providing regular updates, here on our website.

Clarification from Health Canada on myclobutanil and cannabis (March 9, 2017):

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/news/2017/03/clarification_fromhealthcanadaonmyclobutanilandcannabis.html

Background on Reintroduction of Products for Sale and Precautionary Voluntary Product Recall:

Press Release: http://mwne.ws/2qngfM0

Regular Updates: see below beginning May 16, 2017

Background on Voluntary Stop-Sale:

On May 2, 2017 Hydropothecary announced a voluntary stop-sale and stop-shipment on all products.

Press release: http://mwne.ws/2p2ptcx

Daily updates: see below beginning May 2, 2017.


Friday, May 12, 2017

1. We responded to numerous Health Canada requests for information.

2. We reached out to several other Quality Assurance Persons at other Licensed Producers for advice on our investigation.

3. We are reviewing records and files from the previous horticulture operation prior to the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) licensing.

4. Certificates of Analysis of four more lots, all testing negative for myclobutanil, are being posted to the website today..

5. We will update over the weekend as needed with regular daily updates to resume on Monday, May 15, 2017.

6. We appreciate your continued support and patience during this frustrating time and assure you we are working hard to resolve this as soon as possible.

2017-05-12 17:20

Thursday, May 11, 2017

1. We continue to work with Health Canada and expect more of an update tomorrow.

2017-05-11 23:32

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

1. We apologize for not sending a daily update yesterday, May 9.

2. We are preparing more certificates of analysis to be on the website tomorrow for lots that have been tested for myclobutanil with no sign of contamination.

3. We have updated our industry colleagues, via the industry assocation, Cannabis Canada, on Health Canada’s detection levels.

4. We continue our ongoing investigation into this matter.

2017-05-10 21:59

Monday, May 8, 2017

1. We have received Certificates of Analysis for 20 lot samples testing our dried lotted cannabis for myclobutanil with no sign of contamination, with more results coming in daily.

2. We have Certificates of Analysis for testing of three composite samples of potting soil, all of which showed no sign of contamination of myclobutanil.

3. We continue to communicate with Health Canada daily.

2017-05-08 21:59

Saturday, May 6, 2017

1. To date over 200 samples that we have taken have arrived and have been logged at the certified third party laboratory by end of day today for testing.

2. Testing on lots of dried cannabis product, fresh cannabis leaf samples, soil samples, production equipment, water, fertilizer salts and cleaning ethanol are underway and initial results are expected tomorrow, Sunday, or Monday.

3. We are reviewing our internal security camera footage as part of the investigation into this serious matter.

4. We have been in daily contact with Health Canada and are still awaiting a reporting levels for pesticide testing for dried cannabis and cannabis oil samples to allow our results to be meaningful.

2017-05-06 20:32

Friday, May 5, 2017

1. We are waiting for further confirmatory pesticide testing for lots retested for myclobutanil done by a certified third party laboratory. We will be adding more results for other retested lots as they become available.

You can find those results here: http://thehydropothecary.com/pesticide-test-results

2. We are also awaiting our confirmatory retesting for myclobutanil for our live plants.

3. We continue to work closely with Health Canada to resolve this serious matter rapidly.

2017-05-05 17:50

Thursday, May 4, 2017

1. We provided Health Canada with details about our ongoing investigation into this serious matter.

2. We obtained confirmation from Health Canada, in writing, that their detectable testing threshold for marijuana leaves (live plant material) is now 0.01 parts per million (ppm), however the reporting limits for dried cannabis and cannabis oil are still under development and are not currently available.

3. Based on investigative leads more onsite samples have been taken (e.g., floor and wall scrapings).

2017-05-04 23:57

Wednesday May 3, 2017

1. We have released the pesticide testing for lots retested to the 0.01 parts per million threshold for myclobutanil done by a certified third party laboratory. You can find those results here: http://thehydropothecary.com/pesticide-test-results

We will be adding more results for other retested lots as they become available from our third party laboratory.

2. We continue to carry out an in depth investigation into this serious matter with a broad range of testing underway and Health Canada has provided positive feedback on our strategy.

3. Samples taken May 2, 2017 as part of our investigation are currently being tested at a certified third party laboratory. These include: live plants (flowering, vegetating, mothers), retesting of dried cannabis lots, production inputs and cultivation equipment.

4. All clients with emails on file are being sent the daily update.

2017-05-03 17:40

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

1. We have emailed all of our clients for which we have email addresses on file.

2. We have called all clients for which we do not have an email address on file.

3. We have mailed letters to our clients who do not have phone numbers or email addresses on file.

4. We initiated an in-depth investigation into this serious matter.

5. We initiated a broad range of sampling of plants and dried cannabis that have been sent for testing at a third party laboratory.

6. We have sampled for pesticide testing all raw materials/inputs used in our growing process (e.g., soil, water, fertilizer salts, etc.).

7. We are working closely with Health Canada and have several communications with the Office of Medical Cannabis.

2017-05-02 17:20

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