Two distributors of kratom-containing dietary supplement capsules and powders have issued recalls after being connected to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella poisonings that have infected at least 87 people in 35 states, sending at least 17 to the hospital for admittance.
The investigation was launched last month by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and state agencies. Multiple distributors have recalled dozens of kratom-containing products, and officials are urging the public not to purchase or consume any kratom products because they could be contaminated with Salmonella as well.
Salmonella can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (which can be bloody), abdominal cramping, and fever. In rare cases, the organism can get into the bloodstream and cause more serious conditions such as arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Anyone who has taken kratom-containing products and become ill should see their doctor.
The latest recall includes more than 1,100 units of NxtGen Botanicals Maeng Da Kratom distributed by NGB Corp., of West Jordan, Utah. The units, which bear the lot number 171409 and are packaged in plastic bottles of 500-milligram capsules, were sold to 22 retailers in Utah, two in Massachusetts, and one each in Arizona, Georgia, Minnesota, and California. At least one illness has been linked to NxtGen Botanicals Maeng Da Kratom.
Viable Solutions of Nampa, Idaho, has also issued a recall of its kratom powder, sold in 25 grams, 100 grams, 250 grams and 1000 grams, which were sold nationwide during the months of January and February through internet sales.
FDA Recall Notice