Club 13 of St. Augustine, Florida, has become the latest dietary supplement company to issue a recall of its kratom-containing products as part of a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened at least 87 people in 35 states, 17 of whom required hospitalization. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
The investigation into Salmonella-contaminated kratom was launched by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with cooperation from local and state health agencies. At least a half dozen companies and countless brands of kratom capsules or powders have been linked to the outbreak. The FDA is warning that more companies and brands of kratom are likely involved in the outbreak, and for consumers not to use products containing kratom as they pose a health risk.
The latest recall involves pouches and bottles of Kratom Maeng Da Red, which were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders. The Maeng Da Red powder products come in 15-gram, 30-gram, 90-gram, 150-gram, and 454-gram packages marked with the Lot # MRMD012618 on the back of the pouch.
The Maeng Da Red capsule products come in 5-count, 25-count, 50-count, 100-count, and 120-count capsule bottles marked with the following lot numbers on the bottom left side: MRMD013018, MRMD013118, MRMD020118, MRMD020518, MRMD022318, MRMD022718, MRMD030118, MRMD030218, and MRMD030618.
The “Maeng Da Red XS” capsule products come in 5-count, 20-count, 25-count, 40-count, 50-count capsule bottles marked with the following lots numbers on the bottom left side: KRXS020718, KRXS030618, KRXS102417, KRXS110617, and KRXS120117. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the lot numbers subject to this recall.
Consumers who have purchased these Maeng Da Red products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Any adverse events experienced after consuming kratom should be reported to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program at www.FDA.gov/MedWatch/Report.htm.
Source: FDA Recall Notice