An investigation into a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella linked to the dietary supplement kratom has resulted in dozens more recalls. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns there could be more tainted kratom products on the market, thus no one should consume any powders, capsules, or any other form of kratom because they may fall ill and require medical attention.
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. Healthy people infected with Salmonella often develop symptoms like fever, diarrhea (which can be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.
At least 87 people in 35 states have developed illnesses related to this outbreak, 27 of whom required hospitalization. The outbreak is being investigated by the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and state health officials.
The expanded recall involves kratom products by Viable Solutions of Nampa, Idaho, specifically Herbal-Salvation-brand pouches of Mitragyna Speciosa Leaf Powder-Red Vein Sumatra, Red Vein Bali, Green Horn, and Thai Maeng Da. NutriZone LLC of Houston, Texas, is also expanding its recall to include all lots of its kratom products under the brand names Cali Green Malay, Cali Maeng Da, Cali Thai, Nirvanio Bali, Nirvanio Green Malay, Nirvanio Maeng Da, Nirvanio Special Reserve, Pain Out Green Malay, Pain Out Maeng Da, and Pain Out Thai.
The potentially tainted kratom products were sold online and at retail stores across the country. Any adverse events related to this recall should be reported to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting System at www.FDA.gov/MedWatch/Report.htm.
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