The agent suspected in the deadly lung disease was discovered in samples of marijuana vaping products sold by a licensed Detroit dispensary. The recall affects nearly 10,000 products sold by Plan B Wellness.
Various flavors of the Savage brand vaping concentrate have been recalled after The Marijuana Regulatory Agency discovered they contain vitamin E acetate.
The Marijuana Regulatory Agency recalled the cartridges on January 22nd. In the recall notice, the agency stated, “Patients or caregivers who have these affected medical marijuana products in their possession should return them to Plan B Wellness for proper disposal”.
They also said that Plan B Wellness will be notifying patients and caregivers of the recall, but urge you to check your cartridges and not to use them if they have been recalled.
The affected cartridges include:
- Savage Stick, package no. 1A405010000426A000000015, sold between Oct. 3 and Nov. 22
- Blackberry Kush, package no. 1A405010000426A000000743
- GG#4, package no. 1A405010000426A000000744
- Runtz, package no. 1A405010000426A000000746, sold Jan. 16.
Vitamin E Acetate Recalls
This recall comes after nearly 65,000 vaping cartridges containing the substance were recalled on December 17th. The previous recall affected various brands, as well as, some products from Savage. Vitamin E acetate is used as a ‘cutting agent’ in vaping cartridges to dilute THC concentrate. The process of cutting adds more volume and increases profits for cartridge manufacturers.
If you have experienced any negative health effects after using recalled products, you should seek medical attention. The Marijuana Regulatory Agency of Michigan also asked that you report any illnesses or adverse reactions directly to them.
You can report information regarding the latest recall via their email at MRA-Enforcement@michigan.gov or by phone at 517-284-8599.
You can also contact your local regulatory agency or the CDC via their online submission form if you suspect a vaping product has made you ill. To contact the CDC by phone, call 1-800-232-4636, or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of January 13th, vaping illnesses rose to more than 2,600 cases and the death toll rose to 59. It is imperative that you report any vaping products suspected of causing illness to ensure they can be investigated before they make others sick, or cause death.
For more information about the severe lung disease associated with vitamin E acetate, visit the information page provided by the CDC.