Freya Farm, a pesticide-free cannabis producer and processor based in. Conway, Washington, was recently forced to recall its products after the chemical o-phenylphenol, found on CA Prop 65, was found on its products. Tests have shown that an antimicrobial compound known to cause cancer is linked to the food gloves Freya uses for packaging, as required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The reason this can happen to FDA-compliant food handling gloves requires urgent attention. The production and manufacturing of food contact gloves is largely unregulated, with limited and inconsistent inspections of gloves imported into the United States. After initial approval, non-sterile food processing gloves that meet FDA regulations are not subject to additional oversight. This can lead to the use of inferior and cheaper raw materials in non-standardized production and process flows.

Why gloves are not always safe

The quality and safety of disposable gloves are limited by the declarations of conformity and warranties of the entire glove brand and model, not necessarily the glove you are holding. For both food contact and medical gloves, there are few checks on the consistency of the raw materials, the manufacturing processes and compliance with factory regulations. Therefore, there is the possibility of intentional or accidental contamination that the person in charge of preventive control (PCQI) may not be aware of.

For more information, see the section on disposable gloves: The Unregulated Threat of Cannabis, previously published in.

Reconciliation costs

According to Freya Farm: Nothing ruins your day more than testing your product, thinking it’s clean, only to discover it’s contaminated with a toxic chemical. In dealing with this problem, Freya Farm checked the gloves for the last time, never suspecting that the culprit could be a product sold as food safe.

Such a recall can be costly, with fines up to $200,000. Following this incident, Freya Farm implemented a responsible glove policy and enlisted the services of Eagle Protect to protect its products, employees and brand reputation.

Theglove test comprises five quality control factors

Eagle Protect, a global supplier of PPE to the food and medical industries, is currently undertaking a unique third-party glove analysis to ensure its glove range is regularly tested for hazardous contaminants, toxins and pathogens. This fingerprint analysis of gloves reduces the risk of intentional or unintentional physical, chemical or microbiological contamination of gloves by controlling five factors: Use of safe ingredients, cross-contamination potential, cleanliness, structural integrity and skin compatibility.

Harmful toxins and contaminants in gloves have been identified in numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies. This is now a real problem for companies manufacturing consumer products, especially in sectors such as organic and cannabis, whose products must be handled with gloves and tested for purity.

The three key areas that can be tested in glove analysis to ensure safe product handling are

  • Toxin and chemical skin tolerance tests will detect toxic chemicals, such as. B. O-Phenylphenol.
  • GCMS testing for consistent quality and safety of raw material for glove manufacturing
  • Checks for pathogens on the inside and outside of the glove – especially for pathogens that are also required in cannabis tests, such as E. coli and Salmonella, fungi and moulds, and pesticides.

It is vital for cannabis producers to purchase gloves responsibly, especially as demand for disposable gloves related to COVIDs exceeds supply and the market is flooded with substandard, counterfeit and even reused gloves. For manufacturers whose product relies heavily on quality, it is important to focus on quality and not just cost when purchasing gloves.

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