Bacteria and fungi are ubiquitous and small amounts are found in almost every cannabis sample. However, exposure to high levels of certain microorganisms are known to cause health problems and can be particularly dangerous to patients that have existing medical conditions. Anandia Labs’ microbiological screening program adheres to Health Canada tolerance limits outlined in European Pharmacopoeia (EP) 5.1.8. We can ensure the safety of cannabis by identifying the type and level of microorganisms present in each sample.
The following are the EP action levels as per Health Canada requirements for herbal cannabis:
- Total aerobic microbial counts (TAMC): 500,000 CFU/g
- Total yeast and mold counts (TYMC): 50,000 CFU/g
- Bile-tolerant gram-negative bacteria: 10,000 CFU/g
- E. coli: Absent from 1 g
- Salmonella spp: Absent from 25 g
Microbiological Hygiene Consulting
Our microbiology team is specialized in hygiene assessments, and can conduct microbial sampling of the air and surfaces in your cultivation and processing facilities. Please contact us to learn more about these services or to request a quote.