Marijuana edibles recalled, destroyed after food safety inspections uncover problems

DENVER - Food safety inspections of businesses that manufacture and sell marijuana edibles in Denver have found products that should be refrigerated sitting out on shelves and preparation methods insufficient to kill bacteria that can cause serious food-borne illness.

The unannounced visits by the Denver Department of Environmental Health have led to three product recalls and the destruction of tens of thousands of dollars' worth of products.

State and local health authorities have not linked edibles to any confirmed cases of food-borne illnesses. City officials say the marijuana industry has been responsive to their concerns and all products identified as unsafe have been taken off the market.

The violations mark the first time a Colorado health agency has held kitchens producing pot-infused brownies, cookies and tinctures to the same food-safety standards as restaurants.

A Denver Post review of city records found inspectors have identified 58 critical violations at 24 businesses, most of them since March.

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