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CanadaHealth Canada suspends licence of Winnipeg cannabis producer Bonify

08:31  06 february  2019
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Canadian Licensed Producer of Medical Cannabis . Created in our state of the art facility using consistent, quality-assured systems and processes, Bonify ’s products are categorized across three pillars - Bonify I, Bonify II and Bonify III - based on the bioactive content within them

Bonify , a Winnipeg -based cannabis producer , has been stripped of its senior management team after a third-party investigation Earlier this month, Health Canada issued a recall of two Bonify strains over contamination issues that were sold at three Saskatchewan retailers — Cannabis Co. in Regina

Health Canada suspends licence of Winnipeg cannabis producer Bonify © Susan Montoya Bryan/Associated Press Health Canada has suspended Bonify's sales licence, citing health and safety concerns.

Health Canada has suspended the sales licence of Winnipeg-based cannabis producer Bonify.

The federal agency barred Bonify Medical Cannabis from selling cannabis on Monday due to safety and public health concerns.

"The department found that Bonify Medical Cannabis was possessing, distributing and selling product that was purchased from an illegal source, and selling product that did not comply with the good production practices as required under the Cannabis Act and cannabis regulations," Health Canada spokesperson Eric Morrissette said in a statement.

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The Health Canada Licensed Producer system, perhaps the strictest regulation system for cannabis producers in the world, helps ensure a safe, high-quality product. Health Canada has reported that no products grown by Licensed Producers has been sold on the illegal black market.

The Manitoba government has suspended sales of all products from a Winnipeg -based licensed pot producer after Health Canada recalled two of its strains Neither Health Canada nor Bonify received any reports of adverse reactions to the recalled pot, the federal agency said, and no complaints about

The case has been forwarded on to the RCMP and Canada Revenue Agency, said Morrissette.

The announcement comes after Health Canada issued a recall on two Bonify strains in December over contamination concerns on products sold in Saskatchewan.

The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba, which regulates the cannabis retail sector, and the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation, the wholesaler of cannabis in the province, followed suit and suspended the sale of Bonify products.

A third-party investigation found the company sold unauthorized product at retailers in Saskatoon, Regina and Moose Jaw.

The investigator alleged senior managers of threatened staff members to look the other way when 200 kilograms of unlicensed cannabis arrived at the Winnipeg facility. Three Bonify executives were subsequently dismissed.

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Manitoba suspended Bonify 's sales, seized product after Health Canada recall of cannabis sold in Sask. A Winnipeg -based licensed cannabis producer under investigation for selling unapproved Manitoba also suspended the sale and distribution of all Bonify products. A fuming Premier Brian

A Winnipeg -based cannabis producer is facing another round of recalls for marijuana sold in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Health Canada says 14 lots of dried cannabis produced by Bonify are part of the latest recall, due to either record-keeping or labelling issues.

The company has 10 days to respond to the suspension and give Health Canada a reason to reconsider.

Health Canada plans to monitor whatever actions Bonify takes to rectify the non-compliance issue.

"Health Canada will continue to undertake unannounced inspections of cannabis licence holders to help ensure that they are in compliance with the law and regulations," Morrissette said in a statement.

"Health Canada is disclosing this licensing decision as part of its ongoing commitment to openness and transparency. The department publishes information on its inspection and enforcement activities so that Canadians can see how industry follows the rules put in place to protect their health and safety."

CBC News tried to contact Bonify Tuesday night for a response but did not hear back.

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