PDX Aromatics is expanding the scope of its recall of certain kratom white vein powder and capsules and red vein powder products because the herbal supplements may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
The products are part of an investigation by federal and local authorities into a multistate outbreak of Salmonella linked to various brands of kratom from multiple distributors. To date, at least 87 people in 35 states were sickened after ingesting kratom. Twenty-seven of those who fell ill needed to be hospitalized.
Portland, Oregan-based PDX Aromatics, doing business as Kraken Kratom, Phytoextractum, and Soul Speciosa, says it has identified a supplier in its supply chain as the source of the Salmonella contamination in its products. The company has removed that supplier and all associated products from its facility.
A list of products, lot codes, and photos can be found on the company’s press release. Anyone in possession of these potentially contaminated products should not consume them, and should consult a doctor if they experience any symptoms of Salmonella. Any adverse events should be reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program at www.FDA.gov/MedWatch/Report.htm.
Most people infected with Salmonella develop symptoms within 12 to 72 hours after infection. Symptoms include diarrhea (which can be bloody), fever and abdominal cramps that last about four to seven days. In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized. In these individuals, Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other parts of the body and cause death unless the person is promptly treated with antibiotics.
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