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Posted September 30, 2014

U.S. Marshals Seize $5 Million Worth of Kratom

On September 25, 2014, U.S. Marshals seized more than 25,000 pounds of raw kratom valued at over $5 million from Rosefield Management, Inc. in Van Nuys, California. The action was taken at the request of the FDA.

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), also called mitragynine extract, biak-biak, cratom, gratom, ithang, kakuam, katawn, kedemba, ketum, krathom, krton, mambog, madat, Maeng da leaf, nauclea, Nauclea speciosa, or thang is a tree native to Southeast Asia. Supplements containing kratom typically contain powdered leaves or extract sold in powder, capsules or liquid, and are promoted for pain relief or energy.

Kratom has pharmacological effects similar to morphine and other opiates. Consumption has been associated with respiratory depression, nervousness, agitation, aggression, sleeplessness, hallucinations, delusions, tremors, loss of libido, constipation, skin hyperpigmentation, nausea, vomiting, and severe withdrawal symptoms.

"We have identified kratom as a botanical substance that poses a risk to public health and has the potential for abuse," stated Melinda Plaisier, the FDA's associate commissioner for regulatory affairs.

Rosefield Management distributed the ingredients on behalf of Wholesale Shamanic Herbs, which promoted kratom on its website.

The FDA issued an import alert earlier this year on all products containing kratom and in March 2014, a number of products containing this ingredient were recalled.

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To read the FDA's press release, use the link below.