A batch of beef jerky has been recalled after it was found to be contaminated with THC – the active ingredient in cannabis.
According to a press release from Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Yukon, "several individuals" reported unusual symptoms after consuming the jerky made by Off the Hook Meatworks.
They said they felt sick and dizzy, experienced difficulty walking, and some cases had heart palpitations.
Pat Living , from the Canadian Department of Health and Services, told CBC that the environmental health services branch had been notified of the issue on Wednesday December 30, and that the jerky was removed from local store shelves the same day.
Ms Living added that she did not have an exact figure on how many people had eaten the product but said there had been a "number of individuals who had presented (with symptoms) to the hospital over a period of days."
"Someone picked up that there was a bit of a pattern," to the range of bizarre symptoms she said.
She added that manufacturers Off the Hook had been "fully cooperative" with both health officials and law enforcement.
She told reporters that this was something of a first, and she couldn’t think of another case of officials having to issue a recall for products that had been contaminated with THC.
Anyone who believes they may have purchased some of the contaminated jerky has been advised not to eat it or give it to pets, but to place it in a resealable container, together with any packaging and to hand it in to police officers.
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