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Durango-based Aurum Labs became the second laboratory to receive state certification from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to conduct hemp compliance testing for manufactured industrial hemp products. The certification came Aug. 11.
Aurum joins Denver-based Botanacor Laboratories, which received state certification June 24, in the CDPHE’s push to implement new rules to test for pesticides in hemp products intended for human use or consumption (anything ingested or applied topically).
But with just two labs certified to provide testing services to approximately 560 registered industrial hemp manufacturers in Colorado, the CDPHE remains in delay for implementing its new regulations. Supply chain issues have prevented more potential state-certified labs from coming on board sooner, said Jeff Lawrence, CDPHE Director for the Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability.
Earlier this year, the CDPHE set an Aug. 1 target date to start testing 59 pesticides on a modified list; testing for the full list of 106 pesticides was scheduled to begin Oct. 1. But the Aug. 1 date has been postponed and the Oct. 1 date remains tentative until further notice to avoid creating a testing backlog, Lawrence said.