A federal investigation into a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella linked to kratom capsules has led to another recall. Houston, Texas-based NutriZone LLC is recalling four different dietary supplements containing the herb kratom because they 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 outbreak has sickened at least 87 people in 35 states, 17 of whom have been hospitalized. The investigation was launched in March by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local agencies.
To date, recalls have included Triangle Pharmaceuticals and Pure Distribution LLC products from retailer Torched Illusions; several products by PDX Aromatics, doing business as Kraken Kratom, Phytoextractum, and Soul Speciosa; and Eclipse. Testing also revealed Salmonella in S.K. Herbalist brand kratom powder from the online retailer Soap Korner and online retailer Kratoma.
The latest recall includes NutriZone’s Pain Out Maeng Da, Pain Out Thai, Pain Out Malay, and Nirvanio Green Malay. The products were sold in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Washington, Missouri, Florida, Mississippi, California and Texas. To date, no illnesses have been linked to NutriZone’s kratom capsules.
Federal and local officials are continuing to investigate the multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to kratom, and advises consumers not to use the products. It is likely that multiple kratom and kartom-containing brands and retailers are supplying contaminated products to the public, the FDA said.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella can experience symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (which can be bloody), abdominal cramping and fever. In rare cases, the organism can result in more serious conditions including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers who experience symptoms should contact their doctors.
Any adverse events experienced after consuming kratom products should be reported to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program at www.FDA.gov/MedWatch/Report.htm.
FDA Recall Notice