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Posted April 3, 2018

FDA Issues Mandatory Recall of Salmonella-Contaminated Kratom Products

On April 2, 2018, the FDA issued a mandatory recall of all food products containing powdered kratom manufactured, processed, packed, or held by Triangle Pharmanaturals LLC because several of company's products were found to be contaminated with Salmonella. The FDA requested that the company issue a voluntary recall several days earlier, but the company did not comply.

Salmonella is an organism that has been linked to fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly adults, and people with weakened immune systems. In healthy adults, Salmonella can produce fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. In February 2018, the CDC warned consumers not to use kratom in any form as it began investigating an outbreak of illness caused by Salmonella infection associated with the use of kratom.

Kratom products that are part of the mandatory recall include, but are not limited to:
  • Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Emerald Green

  • Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Ivory White

  • Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Ruby Red

The FDA advised that consumers who have one or more of these products in their homes should discard them immediately. Additionally, kratom no longer stored in its original packaging should be discarded and the containers used to store it should be thoroughly washed and sanitized. Consumers should also wash their hands, work surfaces and utensils thoroughly after contact with these products, and not prepare any food in the area at the same time, to prevent cross contamination.

Two samples of kratom products manufactured by Triangle Pharmanaturals of Las Vegas, Nevada, sold through the retail location Torched Illusions in Tigard, tested positive for salmonella, as did as did four additional samples of various kratom products associated with the company which were collected by the FDA.

"This action is based on the imminent health risk posed by the contamination of this product with salmonella, and the refusal of this company to voluntarily act to protect its customers and issue a recall, despite our repeated requests and action," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D said in the agency's news release.

Kratom, also known as Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, and Biak, is often sold as powdered leaves or extract in loose powder, tea, capsules or liquids, and is promoted for energy, pain relief or to help ease opioid withdrawal. Consumption of kratom has also been associated with adverse effects, including hepatotoxicity, psychosis, seizure, weight loss, insomnia, tachycardia, vomiting, poor concentration, hallucinations, and death, associated with its opioid properties.

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