Quality Plans for Lab Services: Managing Risks as a Grower, Processor or Dispensary, Part 2

Editor’s Note: The views expressed in this article are the author’s opinions based on his experience working in the laboratory industry. This is an opinion piece in a series of articles designed to highlight the potential problems that clients may run into with labs.  In the previous article, I discussed the laboratory’s first line of defense (e.g....

Posted on June 19, 2018Read More

Designing the Perfect Cannabis Edible in California

Are you a product designer in the edible cannabis market? Well, you live at the intersection of the food and pharmaceutical industries and need to know both worlds, utilizing best-practice product development principles, regardless of which industry you are working in. In the cannabis industry, this means knowing your chemistry principles, food science, food safety, Good...

Posted on June 18, 2018Read More

Quality Plans for Lab Services: Managing Risks as a Grower, Processor or Dispensary

Quality Plans for Lab Services:  Managing Risks as a Grower, Processor or Dispensary

This article is the first in a series that will look into the risks any user of laboratory services (growers, processors or dispensary owners) will face from the quality systems in place in the laboratory. I will discuss specific risk areas in clear and understandable language so as to not obscure the substance of the article series with abbreviations and nomenclature that is...

Posted on June 12, 2018Read More

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) for the Cannabis Industry: Part 4

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) for the Cannabis Industry:  Part 4

In Part 3 of this series on HACCP, Critical Control Points (CCPs), validation of CCPs and monitoring of CCPs were defined. When a HACCP plan identifies the correct CCP, validates the CCP as controlling the hazard and monitors the CCP, a potential hazard is controlled in the manufacturing and packaging of cannabis-infused edibles. The food industry is big on documentation. If...

Posted on May 31, 2018Read More

Why Traceability Is Crucial for the Cannabis Industry

Why Traceability Is Crucial for the Cannabis Industry

The stage is set: cannabis legalization is rolling out around the world. With legalization comes regulations and smart companies will adapt to make new requirements work for them. In the end, our shared goal (as industry, consumers and government) is the same: provide safe, high-quality, reliable products. This is where traceability comes in. If a cannabis product isn’t safe...

Posted on May 23, 2018Read More

Cannabis Track Added to 2018 Food Safety Consortium

Cannabis Track Added to 2018 Food Safety Consortium

The 6thAnnual Food Safety Consortium Conference & Expo has announced a series of talks focused on cannabis. In addition to the categories such as Operations, Detection, Compliance and Supply Chain, the Call for Abstracts now includes a fifth category in this year’s program: Cannabis Quality. The Cannabis Quality series will feature presentations by subject matter experts...

Posted on May 16, 2018Read More

Automation – Planning is Everything

Automation of processes can provide great benefits including improved quality, improved throughput, more consistency, more available production data, notifications of significant events and reduced costs. However, automation can also be expensive, overwhelm your workforce, cause future integration problems and magnify issues that you are currently experiencing. After all, if a...

Posted on May 02, 2018Read More

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) for the Cannabis Industry: Part 3

Parts One and Two in this series have defined Good Manufacturing Practices, introduced Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and explained the first HACCP step of hazard analysis. A food safety team will typically work from a flow diagram to identify biological, chemical or physical hazards at each step of processing and packaging. Once the hazard is identified,...

Posted on May 02, 2018Read More

Curaleaf Florida Earns SQF Certification

Curaleaf Florida Earns SQF Certification

Last week, Curaleaf, a medical cannabis producer and processor in Miami, Florida, announced they have earned the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level II certification. In the press release, they claim they are the first and only medical cannabis company in the state to achieve that certification. That SQF certification is a program recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative...

Posted on April 24, 2018Read More

Cannabis Science Conference

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Posted on April 24, 2018Read More