High Lead Levels in CBD Products Discovered by Florida Investigators

Summitt Labs Kore Organic Watermelon CBD Oil tincture recalled due to heavy lead levels

A Florida CBD company had to recall one of its products due to high lead levels. Lead that chemical on the periodic table that spreads fear to those of us growing up into the 60s, 70s, and 80s. This is the second recall this month as Biota Biosciences issues a voluntary nationwide recall of their CBD products because they were marketed without FDA approval.

The stories and photos of peeling walls filled with lead paint painted a picture of sick kids all over the country.

Last year we reported that Ananda Hemp products contained levels of lead so high, it exceeded by 100 times what the EPA would consider actionable for drinking water. It caused an uproar with us receiving very unfriendly messages and comments.

This is just the beginning. Over the past 4 years the community has caught companies such as Diamond CBD selling synthetic CBD products.

My first time trying CBD in 2016 was filled with synthetic CBD that I was hit with a superficial high that I started having an anxiety attack at work.

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Peeling Paint. Photo by Erik Witsoe on Unsplash

That was the moment CBD Reviews was born.

I say all this because at the end of the day using CBD is about your health and wellness. Too many CBD companies cut corners using unnecessary ingredients in their products.

From cannabis vape products cut with Vitamin E Acetate to companies such as Prism Hemp storing smokeable moldy hemp sitting on dirty concrete floors.

You name it and there are companies that don’t care about your health.

This is how our society is. This is why as a consumer you should be educated as much as possible. As a CBD brand this is the main reason Mike and I have mentioned heavily that a recall plan is needed.

So what happened with the high levels of lead?

Summitt Labs’ Kore Organic Watermelon CBD Oil Tincture recalled due to heavy Lead levels
Summitt Labs’ Kore Organic Watermelon CBD Oil Tincture recalled due to heavy lead levels

Summitt Labs is voluntarily recalling a batch of CBD oil after the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services tested a random sample of their Kore Organic Watermelon CBD Oil Tincture and found the product to contain lead levels at 4.7 ppm.

What is Lead?

Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. While it has some beneficial uses, it can be toxic to humans and animals, causing health effects.

According to the EPA, lead and lead compounds have been used in an extended variety of products found in and around our homes, including paint, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials, solders, gasoline, batteries, ammunition, and cosmetics.

Lead may enter the environment from such uses. Lead can also be emitted into the environment from industrial sources and contaminated sites, such as former lead smelters.

While natural levels of lead in soil range between 50 and 400 parts per million, mining, smelting, and refining activities have resulted in substantial increases in lead levels in the environment, which includes potential farmland.

Looking at generic CBD lab reports show that the max lead limits are set to no more than 1.2 ppm.

Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. While it has some beneficial uses, it can be toxic to humans and animals, causing health effects.

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is randomly testing CBD products.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) tested a random sample of Summitt Labs’ Kore Organic Watermelon CBD Oil Tincture, which showed the product to contain 4.7 parts per million (ppm) of lead.

When informed of this, Summitt Labs issued an immediate voluntary recall and started an internal investigation. As part of this investigation Summitt Labs had a sample from Batch #730 Lot #K018 tested at an ISO/IEC accredited lab. Lead results were 500 ppb (.5ppm), which is within the legal limits as defined by the State of Florida. However, based on the test from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Summitt Labs initiated, and will complete, a full recall of Batch #730 Lot #K018 in full cooperation with the FDA and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

FDA Recall Announcement

According to the Florida Department of Health, acute lead poisoning could have signs and symptoms including but not limited to; Pain, Muscle Weakness, Paresthesia, Abdominal Pain, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Constipation, Poor appetite, Weight Loss, Symptoms associated with encephalitis, Metallic taste in the mouth, Shock, Hemolysis, and Kidney Damage.

These signs and symptoms are various reasons many of us use CBD oil. Having a high level of lead which contributes to these symptoms runs counter to the many benefits of CBD oil.

Summitt Labs reaction to heavy lead levels

The company stated that they conducted its own test through an accredited, nonpartisan lab that found the lead levels, 0.5ppm, in an admissible range under state law. Summitt quickly moved to get the batch off of shelves due to the state officials finding the excess lead levels in the sample they tested, FDA stated. Summitt Labs notified their distributors and retailers about their recall through phone and email.

Before the product recall, Summitt Labs had no previous complaints or reports of adverse effects from the use of the product, the company said in its announcement.

“Summitt Labs is an inspected and licensed facility under the Florida Department of Food and Agriculture and Consumer Services to produce products containing CBD but the Federal Food and Drug Administration does not consider CBD to be a legal drug or dietary supplement,” FDA said in its notice.

Any consumer with Lot #K018 Batch #730 in their possession are urged to contact Summitt Labs by phone at (833) 810-5673 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, or through the website at www.Koreorganic.com. Any consumer with Lot #K018 Batch #730 should return this product to the place of purchase for a full monetary refund. If that is denied, please contact Summitt Labs at the above number for refund information and any other information regarding this recall. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product. Media with any questions about this recall should contact Christopher Cardamone, Esq. at (813) 842-7266 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5p.m. EST.

Summitt Labs announcement

The FDA has invited consumers who’ve used the recalled products who are experiencing adverse side effects to submit information through the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.

This is another reason that the FDA is taking its time to approve CBD as a food supplement. Recently the FDA has sent out letters to both Natures CBD Oil and BIOTA Biosciences for making unfound claims and the FTC sued Whole Leaf Organics over COVID-19 & CBD claims.

As a business selling CBD there is a fine line needed to be walked. It’s important to make sure that you are doing things the right way in this new product market.

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