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WIRE: Washington rescinds stop sale order on spider mite pesticide, allows useage

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has ended its stop-sale order for All Natural Spider Mite Control Concentrate, and will now allow its use, according to the agency’s latest bulletin.

The product was originally banned in late June.

The agency also issued new stop sale orders on three more pesticide products.

See below for details:


Date:               August 2, 2016
To:                  Marijuana Industry Members
From:             WSLCB
Subject:         Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order is Rescinded for SNS 217C; Three Additional Products Contain Undisclosed Pesticide Ingredients

Stop Sale Rescinded for SNS 217C All Natural Spider Mite Control Concentrate
The statewide Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order for SNS 217C All Natural Spider Mite Control Concentrate (WA Reg. No. 998660-10002) was rescinded on July 27, 2016 by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), and the product may now be distributed. The Order was issued on June 29, 2016, based on laboratory testing that has subsequently been found to be in error.

The WSDA regrets any difficulties this may have caused to the manufacturer, distributors and customers. The WSDA will be updating the allowed pesticides list, and the PICOL database will be updated to reflect this change as soon as possible.
Additional Products Test Positive for Undisclosed Pesticides
The WSDA has detected residues of one or more undisclosed pesticide ingredients in the following 3 products. One of these products (SM 90) contains an ingredient (Salicylic acid) that is not allowed for use on marijuana, which could cause marijuana to fail the Washington State Department of Health pesticide testing requirements for compliant marijuana products. In addition, Salicylic acid could result in the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board confiscating and destroying marijuana if it is found on products above the recently adopted action levels. 

Unregistered Products:

  1. Mega Wash, unregistered product
  2. SM 90, unregistered spray adjuvant
  3. Ultimate Wash, unregistered product

The WSDA has issued statewide Stop Sale, Use or Removal Orders for these products, and these products are not allowed for use on marijuana in Washington until further notice.

The WSDA will be working with the registrants, manufacturers, and other agencies to resolve these issues.

Action Required

 

Producers

  • Immediately discontinue use of these products and remove these products from the licensed premises.
  • Advise all processors to whom you have sold marijuana treated with these products that the marijuana may have been treated with an undisclosed pesticide.

Processors

  • Provide a notice about the possible use of the undisclosed pesticide to retailers who carry your products that may have been treated with these products.

Retailers

  • Post the notice provided by the processor in a conspicuous location on your licensed premises.

 

Contact

  • For information regarding the registration of pesticides and fertilizers, please contact the WSDA Pesticide and Fertilizer Registration Section.

Phone: 360-902-2025

Email for pesticide registration: pestreg@agr.wa.gov

Email for fertilizer registration: fertreg@agr.wa.gov

  • For information regarding the statewide Stop Sale, Use or Removal Orders, or how to comply with the pesticide label, please contact the WSDA Pesticide Compliance Program.

Phone: 360-902-2040

Email: compliance@agr.wa.gov

  • For any other questions, please contact your Liquor and Cannabis Board enforcement officer.

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