On Tuesday afternoon, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered a mandatory recall for all Kratom products manufactured processed, packed or held by Triangle Pharmanaturals LLC after several of its products tested positive for salmonella.
“No Evidence to Indicate Kratom Is Safe”
In the U.S., kratom is banned within six states. Kratom is not regulated and has been known to be mixed with other drugs. The DEA considers the substance a drug of concern. With no financial incentive for companies to research the plan, minimal effort and investigation have been undertaken. Since the Malaysian herb consists of crushed leaves, no company is able to patent the product. In the United States, kratom is traditionally sold as a dietary supplement in the form of pills, powders, capsules, and tea.
Some studies have found that there is potential in kratom to treat pain, however additional research is needed. In February, the FDA issued a statement over concerns about compounds in kratom that acted like opioids. In the recent statement, they noted, “There is no evidence to indicate that kratom is safe or effective for any medical use.”
An affected person with salmonella can begin to feel symptoms 12 to 72 hours after the person is infected. Symptoms can include:
- Abdominal cramping
These symptoms can persist for up to seven days, however most individuals recover without treatment. Those who may need to be hospitalized include those who are very young, or who are old and have compromised immune systems.
The CDC continues to recommend against consuming any brand of kratom while health officials investigate, including identifying where patients purchased kratom and testing samples of the substance.