Processing and Extraction Standards:
· Processing types
o Mechanical processing includes all of the following: hand separation, dry sieve, water/ice water (bubble hash), or any other mechanical (solvent-less) method of extraction
o Solvent processing includes all of the following: CO2 extraction, or isopropyl alcohol.
· Processing and extracting materials
o Processing and extracting will only intake: THC rich plant materials or CBD rich plant material
· Handling of mechanical extraction materials
o All product will be handled with gloves and/or sanitary equipment; must be appropriate for food production
· Tracking, testing and storage
o All incoming materials will be lab tested prior to processing and extracting
o All incoming materials will be tracked with the BioTrackTHC software
o All incoming materials will be barcoded and include the following info: Producer name, location, entity, contact info, etc., Type (cola, flower, trim, shake, concentrate, extract, etc.), Strain characteristics (indica/sativa/hybrid), Strain name, Growth environment (outdoor, greenhouse, etc.),
o All product is photographed and weighed (grams)
o Each person engaged in a processing or extracting operation must have education, training, and experience, or any combination thereof, to enable that person to perform all assigned functions and have records of any training received for the performance of all assigned functions.
o Processing and extracting operations should provide all employees with training that includes instructions regarding regulatory inspection preparedness and law-enforcement interactions and information on U.S. federal laws, regulations, and policies relating to individuals employed in these operations, and the implications of these for such employees.
· Physical Facilities
o Processing and extracting operations must be operated in adherence with any regulation in the jurisdiction in which this part applies that is relevant to its specific operations, including: locations and zoning, business hours, parking, drive-through services, and signage.
o Be maintained in a clean and orderly condition;
o Be equipped with such utensils and equipment as are necessary to conduct all operations that occur at the processing and extracting facility; and
o Provide adequate space for processing and extracting operations, product storage, and document storage.
o Processing and extracting operations must establish and adhere to such security procedures as are provided by applicable regulation in the jurisdiction in which this part applies.
o Processing and extracting operations should provide additional security as needed to protect the employees during working hours and in a manner appropriate for the community where it operates and provide training to make all employees aware of the operation’s security procedures, and each individual employee’s security roles and responsibilities.
o Access to controlled Processing and extracting areas must be limited by locks, electronic badge readers, biometric identifiers, or other means.
o There must be written procedures for security.
o Equipment used for processing and extracting must be adequately inspected, cleaned, and maintained.
o Processing and extracting operations must document procedures setting forth in sufficient detail the methods and schedules to be used in the routine inspection, cleaning, maintenance, testing, and calibration of equipment.
o Records must be maintained of all inspection, maintenance, testing, and calibrating operations.