Foreign Material Testing

Foreign Material Testing

Through each step of the cannabis supply chain, improper handling and unclean environments can easily lead to the introduction of unwanted foreign materials. While filth and extraneous materials might not pose direct health risks to humans, their presence in high quantities generally evidences poor manufacturing and/or transport sanitation and is correlated with other problems such as microbial contamination.

As defined in California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) regulations, “‘foreign material’ means any filthy, putrid, or decomposed substance including hair, insects, excreta, or related adulterant that may be hazardous or cause illness or injury to the consumer.” Identifying foreign material requires microscopic examination to visually determine the presence or absence of these contaminants. Utilizing our 40 years of combined microscopy experience in the food industry, Anresco Laboratories is expert at performing filth and foreign material analyses and fully complies with testing regulations issued by the BCC.