Microbiological Impurities

Like other plants, cannabis is exposed to bacteria and fungi during cultivation. Microbial contaminants can also be introduced if medical cannabis is not processed on appropriately sanitized surfaces, not handled carefully with clean gloves, or not properly cured, dried, and stored.

Most states with medical cannabis programs require microbiological contaminant testing. However, many states vary in what organisms they require and what levels are considered unsafe. Regardless of the testing requirements, US Cannalytics has various ISO-accredited microbiological contaminant testing methods that will suit your needs. We provide testing services in Pennsylvania.

US Cannalytics employs both traditional growth media and advanced quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) methodology to measure total aerobic microbial counts (TAMC), total yeast and mold counts (TYMC), bile-tolerant gram-negative counts (BTGN), E. coli, and Salmonella. Our scientists utilize protocols based on the World Health Organization (WHO) standards for Quality Control of Herbal Materials. Our combination of traditional and advanced microbial contaminant testing methods provides the sensitivity and specificity required to safeguard the health of patients who rely on medical cannabis, hemp, and CBD products.

Our laboratory is currently ISO-accredited to test for the following organisms:

Total Aerobic Microbial Count (TAMC) E. Coli
Total Yeast and Mold Count (TYMC) Salmonella
Bile-Tolerant Gram-Negative Bacteria (BTGN)