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State issues recall for more vaping products

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The state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency is recalling more than 9,000 vape cartridges by a Detroit company.

The state says 8,020 of the cartridges were never sold, and will be destroyed. The other 1,360 cartridges were sold by Plan B Wellness in Detroit.

The agency expanded a recall last week involving more than 20 different kinds of marijuana related products sold in the state.

The state instituted emergency rules last November to do more product testing after a wave of hospitalizations and deaths from vaping-related lung injuries.

The Centers for Disease control says more than 2,000 people have been hospitalized, and 60 people killed from the injuries, which it says are associated with the presence of Vitamin E Acetate in vaping products.  

Vitamin E Acetate is in many consumer products, including cosmetics and supplements. The CDC says it’s safe if ingested or applied to the skin, but it can be deadly when it’s inhaled.

To see all the Public Health and Safety Advisory Bulletins from the Marijuana Regulatory Agency, click here.  

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Dustin Dwyer reports enterprise and long-form stories from Michigan Public’s West Michigan bureau. He was a fellow in the class of 2018 at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. He’s been with Michigan Public since 2004, when he started as an intern in the newsroom.
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