The ongoing shortage of marijuana products plaguing Ontario buyers is about to get even worse due to a product recall.

Fenwick-based RedeCan Pharm has issued a voluntary recall of the company’s bottled 3.5 ounce B.E.C. dried flower. More than 13,000 units of B.E.C. were shipped under the product code Lot 4B2L3.

The recall was initiated after buyers posted photos on social media appearing to show black specks of mould. At present, 5 complaints of mould found in B.E.C. have been officially lodged.

The affected product can be returned through the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) returns page.

This is just the latest in a string of issues as legalization gets off to a rocky start, with cannabis pricing and legal product shortage issues leaving the door open to a continuing black market.

Despite nationwide recreational legalization, each province implemented their own systems for issuing licenses to sell cannabis. Currently, recreational marijuana can only be purchased legally in Ontario through the government-run OCS website.

The B.E.C. product page has been completely removed from the site at this point, and it is unclear if it will be made available again in the future.

RedeCan issued this statement to consumers affected by the recall:

“In order to act quickly, transparently and in the best interest of our consumers, we decided to conduct a Type II voluntary recall of B.E.C. Lot 4B2L3. This will allow us to conduct a thorough examination and testing. All testing will be conducted by an independent third party to understand at what point in the process moisture could have been introduced and mould could have grown.”

The statement concluded, “At RedeCan, we are devoted to producing high quality cannabis products that meet and exceed all industry standards. Safety and satisfaction is a top priority.”

This recall of B.E.C. is RedeCan’s second major consumer incident in recent weeks, with the company also releasing a statement about reports of holes eaten by bugs found in some products. No recall was initiated in that instance, and the company commented:

“RedeCan uses biologics, or beneficial insects, as part of an integrated pest management (IPM) program to naturally prevent pest insect pressures. ‘Bios’ such as ladybugs are released into the crops throughout the growth cycle as a preventative measure to minimize any potential pest pressures and eliminate the need to use pesticides.”

RedeCan has been on the verge of acquisition by publicly traded companies repeatedly in the past. In early 2016, Alta Vista Ventures (CNSX: AVV) released a letter of intent to buy Redecan, although the deal was eventually cancelled when Alta Vista was unable to produce the agreed upon amount of capital on time.

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