MBferts Stretch Stopper Warning
Author’s note – material added 28/6/16: MBferts (Maniac Botanics USA Inc) is currently being investigated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) for the illegal sales of synthetic plant growth regulators (subclass growth retardants) and synthetic plant hormones (e.g. NAA).
A recent FOI application to MDARD yielding this information:
“MDARD staff reviewed the firm’s website and verified that several products/compounds listed for sale were described as plant growth hormones and plant growth regulators. None of the products observed for sale on the website were registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). MDARD staff conducted a Federal marketplace inspection at the facility and the report for the inspection was forwarded to the EPA.”
“Presently the matter remains open and is under review by the department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”
FOI material received 27/6/16. View MDARD FOI documents here…..
At this point (2/7/16), what is known is that the MBferts ‘Hormone and Vitamin Booster’ was removed from the market by MDARD for containing synthetic plant hormones and Stretch Stopper which is Chlormequat Chloride, a synthetic plant growth regulator with extremely long withholding periods, was pulled. The investigation has now escalated and details have been passed to the EPA.
This said, MBferts continues to sell their ‘Hormone-Vitamin Booster’ via https://www.mbferts.com while not informing consumers that the formula (product) has been completely changed. I.e. they are now formulating their Hormone-Vitamin Booster using natural (non synthetic) hormones. This likely means the effects it has on plants are far less pronounced (in all probability also very different) than the original formulation. Nothing about this has been noted on the MBferts site surrounding the marketing of MBferts Hormone-Vitamin Booster’ (here). See screenshot of ingredient list of MBferts Hormone-Vitamin Booster taken 3/7/16 below (the product no longer contains these stated ingredients).
Author’s note: Within 24 hours of posting this image, MBferts quickly removed this information (ingredients list) from their site. However, while having the time to do this they didn’t bother to make note of the fact that their Hormone-Vitamin Booster was now a completely different formula from the original. I.e. following is an excerpt from an email from MBferts ((bad grammar/typos and maniacal caps included) to me posing as a customer inquiring as to why I could not find Stretch Stopper on the MBferts site. Email received July 2 2016.
“Now the hormone in our hormone and vitamin booster is now behind derived from ORGANIC sources of Hormones, and not synthetic, so we can still sell you this product which is our NUMBER 1 most popular item sold! Works wonders! $60 a gallon or (2) for $100! A gallon Free ships in a liter bottle 4x strong.”
As more information comes to light (e.g. I will be applying for more FOI material through MDARD and the EPA) I will add further material to the MBferts story.
Original Material Posted on Manic Botanix March 2016
I’m going to post an excerpt from an article I (Glow) wrote on the history of MBferts (here), which is trading as Maniac Botanics USA Inc – a Michigan registered company connected to one Steven Anthony Hessler (not Tom Fromp as many MBferts customers know him).
This excerpt covers MBferts Stretch Stopper; the active of which is Chlomequat Chloride (2-Chloroethyl)trimethylammonium chloride) – a potentially very toxic active (given its use by medical marijuana growers) that contrary to marketing claims on the part of MBferts/Maniac Botanics USA Inc is not registered for use on consumable crops in the U.S.A.
MBferts/MBnutes supplies synthetic, potentially harmful to human health Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs) via MBferts.com (http://www.mbferts.com). He notes that his synthetic chemcial PGR product doesn’t contain Alar or Paclobutazol and implies it is safe if used as a foliar drench. See following image:
What MBferts states on their website is:
“Chlormequat Chloride is the same ingredient used in wheat/cereal production, and that’s obviously FDA approved for human consumption. The trick is not to use it as a drench, but rather as a foliar spray, and MOST IMPOTANTLY use it earlier on in the flower period to allow the systemic effects of spraying Chlormequat Chloride on your plants to wear off as much as possible before harvesting them, and consuming them.”
What MBferts fail to mention is that the product (Chlormequat Chloride/CCC) is a known human immune system toxin that is registered with the EPA for use on ornamental crops only.
As a 2007 EPA document on Chlormequat Chloride notes:
“Chlormequat chloride is a plant growth regulator (PGR) registered for use on ornamental plants grown in greenhouses, nurseries and shadehouses. As chlormequat chloride has no food/feed uses and no U.S. tolerances associated with its use, it is not subject to the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996.”
Further, Chlormequat Chloride is on the Washington State banned for use on medical marijuana list of pesticides.
What this means is that medical marijuana products must be tested for, among other pesticides, Chlormequat Chloride to be deemed compliant to “medical” production standards in Washington State.
“…pesticide screening must be completed for each batch of finished concentrates and extracts. A certified third-party testing lab must screen for the following unapproved pesticides:
- Chlormequat chloride
Additionally, Chlormequat Chloride has extremely long withholding periods. For example, studies show that 84 days (12 weeks) after application significant amounts of Chlormequat Chloride remains present/residual in the plant tissue – – 50mg/kg on day 0 and15mg/kg on day 84. . See http://www.efsa.europa.eu/sites/default/files/scientific_output/files/main_documents/179r.pdf
By the way, while somewhat speculative as to the original concentration of the ‘MBferts Stretch Stopper’ concentrate supplied through http://www.mbferts.com/ (albeit, given similar hydro industry products, I expect it is about 77,000 ppm or 7.7% Chlormequat Chloride), based on the recommended usage rate of 3 ml/l (the same dilution rate as 7.7% CCC products supplied through hydroponic stores), the plants are being foliar fed with over 200ppm (over 200mg/kg) of Chlormequat Chloride.
In countries where there are maximum residue levels (mrl) for Chlormequat Chloride these range from e.g. the EU’s mrl for Chlormequat Chloride is 0.05 mg/kg (or 0.05 ppm) or 0.1 mg/kg (0.1ppm) in pears until 31 July 2017 and 2mg/kg (2ppm) for barley and wheat. There is, however, no mrl for combustible crops where typically, upon combustion, high levels of pesticides are found in the smoke stream and, thus, when inhaled these toxins are delivered directly to the lungs and from there they efficiently enter the blood stream and internal organs. Basically, studies show that contaminants are delivered at higher levels through smoking than through other means of ingestion. For example, the blood cadmium levels found in U.S. tobacco smokers is 3-times higher on average than in non-smokers. This really makes the mrl for edible food crops redundant (too high) because pesticides are likely to be far more harmful when ingested through inhalation.
One other important point to note re residual Chlormequat Chloride in combustible crops is that in all cases, material safety data sheets for the chemical 2-Chloroethyl trimethylammonium chloride (Chlormequat Chloride) make very specific hazard statements of, “harmful if swallowed, toxic in contact with skin” and “combustion products produced in a fire may be toxic and/or irritating.” This, of course, beyond its potential to compromise the human immune system, makes Chlormequat Chloride the perfect choice for combustible crops (not!).
Anyone for some Franken Pot ?? Hack! Hack! Cough! Cough! View MSDS for Chlormequat Chloride.
Technically, the mrl for Chlormequat Chloride in the US is zero (because it isn’t registered/approved for use on any food crops in the U.S.) and recently there has been some controversy over Canadian grain imports being contaminated with Chlormequat Chloride. As a result, Canadian grain buyers who export to the U.S. will be required to sign a declaration indicating use of Chlormequat Chloride in order to ensure that only untreated produce is shipped to the United States. See http://www.mbwheatandbarley.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/media-release-June-4-2015.pdf
This said, Maniac Botanics USA Inc (MBferts) claims:
“Chlormequat Chloride is the same ingredient used in wheat/cereal production, and that’s obviously FDA approved for human consumption.”
*False – it is registered in the U.S. for use on non-food, ornamental crops only and even with the most basic checks this information is readily available. Further, the mrl for grain in countries/regions where Chlormequat Chloride use is approved is 2ppm (2 mg/kg). This is miles away from the approximately 35-50ppm (35 – 50 mg/kg) MBferts Stretch Stopper use would result in re medical marijuana. Thus, even if the U.S. were to approve the use of Chlormequat Chloride on grain crops, drawing parallels between grain and medical marijuana is as depraved as marketing gets (i.e. 2ppm via edible vs. 35 -50ppm via inhalation as combustible)..
“MOST IMPOTANTLY use it earlier on in the flower period to allow the systemic effects of spraying Chlormequat Chloride on your plants to wear off as much as possible before harvesting them, and consuming them.”
*Of course, THAT WOULD BE “MOST IMPORTANTLY” (IMPOTENT IS WHAT YOU”LL BE AFTER SMOKING MBferts STRETCH STOPPER) and if produce grown with Stretch Stopper was medical and it was lab tested for Chlormequat Chloride it would undoubtedly fail the Washington State pesticide screen given that over 200ppm has been applied to the plant and that high levels of Chlormequat Chloride remain residual for 12 weeks and well beyond. At best, given even the most generous EU mrl, the Chlormequat Chloride residues found in U.S. produced “medicine” grown by “caregivers” with MBferts Stretch Stopper would be at least 17.5 times higher than is permissible in cereal and a whopping 350 times higher than mrl for pears. When you combine this information with the fact that toxins are delivered far more efficiently via inhalation than through other means of ingestion (e.g. edibles), MBferts Stretch Stopper is a very toxic/harmful product indeed.
False advertising aside, in short, MBferts (Maniac Botanics USA Inc) is promoting a banned for use on medical marijuana (or any other U.S. grown consumable crop), known human immune toxin to U.S. medical marijuana growers (see following and note image ‘Medical Botanics’) for use on a product that may find its way to vulnerable U.S. med patients who have compromised immune systems already (e.g. HIV, AIDS, cancer, leukemia)
Author’s note: Shortly after publishing this article (within days) MBFerts gave their shop a new look with marijuana leaves emblazoned on the header above their Stretch Stopper. What’s notable here is that while having the time to change the site image/look/design, MBFerts did not change the copy/marketing surrounding ‘Stretch Stopper’ – replete with what they clearly know to be false advertising – of a non-compliant U.S. agricultural product. Cannabis leaves and Medical Botanics combined, it also doesn’t leave much to the imagination (Operation Green Merchant anyone? here and here) and one wonders as to the sanity of overtly falsely marketing toxic PGRs to Med growers in a State that is currently legislating to ban Med home grows to ensure quality medicine is provided through strict production legislation where only licensed dispensaries would legally be able to produce and provide “medicine”. View details here Of course, one could argue that because Mi is a Med State, MBferts can perhaps safely overtly target cannabis cultivators. This though would miss the point that MBferts ships both to Med and non-Med locales and therefore is indiscriminately targeting cannabis cultivators regardless of legal status. One could also safely say that MBferts isn’t asking to see medical marijuana “caregiver” cards (although, given the widespread use of chemical PGRs by many growtard, greed driven Med cowboys, the term “caregiver” is definitely the wrong word) prior to supplying goods to the consumer demographic they are targeting. What this basically means is that MBferts is a bust in the waiting (in breach of Fed laws and therefore falling under a DEA brief) and only a fool would shop with a company who endangers their clients through overt cannabis specific marketing.
These sales tactics, in my mind, are about as morally depraved as things get – even by hydroponic retail industry (PGR peddling) standards. In fact, contrary to the ludicrous marketing claims that MBferts “Stretch Stopper” (Chlormequat Chloride/CCC) is a safer alternative to Paclobutrazol and/or Daminozide/Alar, given its application rate and use for the production of “Med” for immune suppressed patients, it is arguably/potentially the worst of a very bad bunch. Either way, there is no place whatsoever for systemic chemical plant growth regulators (subclass growth retardants) in the production of medicinal crops, and those who falsely market these products rank well below company’s such as Monsanto who at least label their poisons with 1) the percentage w/v or w/w of active and 2) the appropriate current knowledge health and safety warnings (as is required by law).
The bottom line…. these are products. practices and ethics Manic Botanix® wants no association to through brand confusion between Maniac Botanics USA Inc and Manic Botanix® Inc. In simple terms, MBferts (Steven Anthony Hessler/Maniac Botanics USA Inc) represents everything that we, Manic Botanix®, have long stood against. e.g. notably, I (Glow) was the person that first categorically demonstrated with no room for denial (here and here) that several hydroponic bloom boosters, widely sold through hydroponic retail stores, contained potentially harmful to human health, synthetic PGRs (subclass growth retardants)
As one U.S. based Med grower duly noted recently:
Read story about the history of MBferts/MBnutes/Maniac Botanics USA Inc here…..