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Posted May 24, 2021

U.S. Marshals Seize $1.3 Million Worth of Kratom

U.S. Marshals have seized approximately $1.3 million worth of bulk kratom and kratom supplements manufactured by Atofil, LLC, a subsidiary of Premier Manufacturing Products, according to the FDA. The products, seized at the agency's request, included over 34,000 kilograms of bulk kratom as well as supplements marketed under the brand names Boosted Kratom, The Devil's Kratom, Terra Kratom, Sembuh, Bio Botanical, and El Diablo.

Kratom is an herb often promoted for pain relief, energy and for treating opioid withdrawal symptoms. The active compounds in kratom are opioids which can have effects similar to morphine and heroin. Consumption of kratom has been associated with agitation, irritability, tachycardia, nausea, drowsiness, and hypertension. Risks of using kratom include hepatotoxicity, psychosis, seizure, weight loss, insomnia, tachycardia, vomiting, poor concentration, hallucinations, and death. The FDA is aware of 44 deaths related to the use of kratom products.

"There is substantial concern regarding the safety of kratom, the risk it may pose to public health and its potential for abuse," Judy McMeekin, Pharm.D., the FDA's Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs stated in a news release about the action. "The FDA will continue to exercise our full authority under the law to take action against these adulterated dietary supplements as part of our ongoing commitment to protect the health of the American people. Further, there are currently no FDA-approved uses for kratom."

The FDA also warned consumers not to use any products labeled as containing kratom.

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FDA Announces Seizure of Adulterated Dietary Supplements Containing Kratom

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