Some contain paclobutrazol, a toxic compound not allowed on food products in the U.S.A.
By OCC Staff
Updated July 29, 2016 – (see below*)
Fourteen more plant horticultural products were ordered off the shelves of retailers in Oregon for mislabeling. Popular products like Humboldt Roots® and SNS All Natural Spider Mite Control were shown to have not included certain contents on their label, at least one is considered toxic and not allowed on food products in the U.S.
Driven by requests and complaints from cannabis growers, patients, and dispensaries, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has been working on numerous cases to verify the claims presented. In this case, the recent products were identified by Washington State, prompting the investigation by ODA. The recent group of products, most focusing their sales on the cannabis growing community, range from foliar sprays to rooting compounds. They made a news release on July 20, 2016.
Some of the contents are not particularly harmful, if at all, when used properly. I doubt there are to many detrimental effects from a rooting compound contents like IBA (indole-3-butyric acid), but the problem is THEY DID NOT LIST THEM ON THE CONTENTS. Its hard to know how harmful “it” might be when you don’t know what “it” is. In the case of the products containing paclobutrazol, I would not put that crap on my medicine….NO WAY! See the list below.
A brief analysis of the compounds that were conveniently left off the labels of products that have been identified, so far, and the products that tested positive for them:
salicylic acid – An active metabolite in aspirin derived from willow bark. It is a phenolic phytohormone and is found in plants with roles in plant growth and development. Non-toxic in low doses and naturally occurring in unripe fruits and vegetables, particularly blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupes, dates, grapes, kiwi fruits, guavas, apricots, green pepper, olives, tomatoes, radish, chicory and mushrooms. (Wikipedia)
Vita Grow Thunder Bloom – Marco Industries’ (DBA American Agriculture)
Frost Protection Plus – Rambridge Wholesale Supply’s
Optic Foliar Overgro – Tulsi Enterprises Ltd.’s (also indole-3-butyric acid)
Optic Foliar AT-AK – Tulsi Enterprises Ltd.’s
naphthaleneacetic acid – NAA is a synthetic plant hormone in the auxin family and is an ingredient in many commercial plant rooting horticultural products…The hormone NAA does not occur naturally, and, like all auxins, is toxic to plants at high concentrations. In the United States…products containing NAA require registration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as pesticides. Main ingredient in SUPERThrive® brand plant food. (Wikipedia)
The Hammer – Plantlife Products’
Humboldt Roots – Humboldt Nutrients LLC’s
paclobutrazol – NOT APPROVED FOR FOOD USE IN US – Typically used in the ornamental flower industry. Since there are no food uses of PBZ, no maximum residue levels for PBZ have been established for agricultural commodities in the US (U.S. EPA,2007A). (Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.)
A plant growth retardant and triazole fungicide..It acts by inhibiting the plant hormone gibberellin bio-synthesis, reducing internodial growth to give stouter stems, increasing root growth, causing early fruitset and increasing seedset in plants. (Wikipedia)
SNS 217C All Natural Spider Mite Control – Sierra Natural Science, Inc.’s
*UPDATE: 7-29-16 – Stop Sale on Sierra Natural Science SNS 217C was lifted!
Pyyro K 0-3-7 – Van de Uber Marketing and Manufacturing’s
OG Rapid Flower + Hardener – Crop Specific Solutions’
6-benzylaminopurine – known as benzyl adenine or BAP is a first-generation synthetic cytokinin that elicits plant growth and development responses, setting blossoms and stimulating fruit richness by stimulating cell division. It is an inhibitor of respiratory kinase in plants, and increases post-harvest life of green vegetables. Treatment with 10 and 15 ppm BAP can be used to extend shelf life of fresh-cut broccoli florets and shredded cabbage during storage at 6±1°C at commercial level. (Wikipedia)
SaferGro Mildew Cure – JH Biotech, Inc.’s
Indole-3-butyric acid – (1H-Indole-3-butanoic acid, IBA) is a plant hormone in the auxin family and is an ingredient in many commercial horticultural plant rooting products. (Wikipedia)
All generic toxicology data requirements have been waived for IBA. The registered uses result in very low exposure to workers and negligible residues on crops. (EPA)
Root 66 1-1-1 – Technaflora Plant Products, Ltd.’s
Olivia’s Cloning Gel – Olivia’s Solutions, Inc.’s
Optic Foliar Overgro – Tulsi Enterprises Ltd.’s (also salicylic acid)
ethephon – Ethephon is a systemic plant growth regulator belonging to the phosphonate family.(FAO) It is manufactured by Rhône-Poulenc (Bayer Crop Science) and Jiangsu Anpon Electrochemicals Co. in China. Although many environmental groups worry about toxicity resulting from use of growth hormones and fertilizers, the toxicity of ethephon is actually very low, and any ethephon used on the plant is converted very quickly to ethylene. (Wikipedia)
Optic Foliar Switch – Tulsi Enterprises Ltd.’s
pyrethrins – The pyrethrins are a class of organic compounds normally derived from Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium that have potent insecticidal activity by targeting the nervous systems of insects. Because they are biodegradable compounds, pyrethrins are now widely regarded as being preferable to pyrethroids…Pyrethrins are considered to be low-toxicity pesticides from a human health standpoint (when used properly). (Wikipedia)
Mighty Wash and Ultimate Wash – NPK Industries’
Mega Wash – Green Planet Nutrients’
- 7/20/16: Marco Industries’ (DBA American Agriculture) Vita Grow Thunder Bloom product contains salicylic acid
- 7/20/16: Sierra Natural Science, Inc.’s SNS 217C All Natural Spider Mite Control product contains paclobutrazol
- 7/20/16: Tulsi Enterprises Ltd.’s Optic Foliar AT-AK product containing salicylic acid, Optic Foliar Overgro product containing salicylic acid and 3-indoleacetic acid, and Optic Foliar Switch product containing ethephon
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