November 14, 2019

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Kratom Products Grows to 132 Sick

The Salmonella outbreak linked to kratom products has grown to include 132 people sick, according to a new notice posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Forty-five more ill persons from 19 states have been added to the outbreak total since the last update on March 15, 2018. Three more states have been added to the case count: Connecticut, Iowa, and Idaho. The CDC and FDA recommend that no one consume any brand of kratom in any form because it could be contaminated with Salmonella. This compound is also known as Kakuam, Thang, Them, Biak, and Ketom. It is a plant that is taken as a opioid substitute and for its stimulant effects. While no one specific kratom product has been tied to the outbreak, several companies have recalled their products made with … [Read more...]

Nutrizone Corrects Recall of Kratom Products for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Nutrizone is correcting its recall of various dietary supplements for possible Salmonella contamination. They are updating an incorrectly reported lot number, indicating that the Pain Out Maeng Da lot number was 10957. It is actually 10959. Consumers who bought this product should verify the lot number. This recall is for potential Salmonella contamination. There is an ongoing multistate Salmonella outbreak, consisting of four separate outbreak strains, linked to kratom products that have sickened at least 87 people in 35 states across the country. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this particular recall. These products were sold in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Washington, Missouri, Florida, Mississippi, California and Texas. If you have purchased any of the … [Read more...]

PDX Aromatics Issues Second Expanded Recall of Kratom Products for Possible Salmonella

PDX Aromatics, doing business as Kraken Kratom, Phytoextractum, and Soul Speciosa is issuing a second expanded recall of their products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The company is aware of four confirmed cases of Salmonella associated with the consumption of red and white vein products. You can see the long list of recalled products, with the lot numbers, product names, brand, and net weight, at the FDA web site. The recalled products include Red Maeng Da Powder, Super Green Malaysian Kratom Powder, Thai Kratom Powder (Green Vein), Thai Kratom Powder (Green Vein), and OG Bali Powder, among others. The expanded recall includes red vein powder and capsule products shipped between 12/1/2017 and 3/8/2018 and certain green vein powder and capsule products … [Read more...]

PDX Aromatics Expands Kratom Recall for Possible Salmonella Contamination

PDX Aromatics, doing business as Kraken Kratom, Phytoextractum, and Soul Speciosa, is expanding the recall of kratom products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. There is a large Salmonella outbreak that is linked to kratom containing products, but the recall notice did not state whether or not any illnesses are linked to these specific products. The expanded recall includes kratom white vein powder and capsule products and red vein powder products. They were shipped between 1/18/2018 and 3/8/2018. They were sold directly to internet consumers in the United States through the company's websites. You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site, along with the brand names, product names, net weight, and lot codes. Some of the products … [Read more...]

FDA Investigates Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Products Reportedly Containing Kratom

The FDA has weighed in on the Salmonella outbreak linked to products reportedly containing kratom. The investigation has expanded to include four Salmonella serotypes. They are Salmonella Javiana, Salmonella Okatie, Salmonella Thompson, and the original strain, Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:-. As of March 14, 2018, 87 people are infected with the outbreak strains. Fifty people are sick with Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- infections; five are sick with Salmonella Javiana infections, sixteen are sick with Salmonella Okatie infections; and sixteen are ill with Salmonella Thompson infections. Twenty-seven patients have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so serious. Whole genome sequencing (WGS) has shown that most patient isolates within the Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- serotype are … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Kratom Products Grows to 87 Sick

The multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to kratom products has grown to 87 sick in 35 states. That is an increase of 47 more ill persons since the last update on March 2, 2018 and the addition of eight states. The states added to the outbreak count include Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, Texas, and West Virginia. The outbreak also now includes three more strains of Salmonella: Salmonella Javiana, Salmonella Okatie, and Salmonella Thompson, in addition to the original strain of I 4,[5],12:b:-. The outbreak strains have been found in samples collected from kratom and from ill persons. Twenty seven people, or 38%, of patients have been hospitalized. That is double the normal hospitalization rate for Salmonella outbreaks, which is 20%. The … [Read more...]

Some Kratom Powder Products Recalled in Wake of Salmonella Outbreak

Last week, the CDC warned the public about a Salmonella  I 4,[5],12:b:- outbreak that was linked to kratom powder. Forty people in 27 states have been sickened in this outbreak; fourteen people have been hospitalized. On Saturday, March 10, 2018, the FDA released an announcement stating that PDX Aromatics Kratom Powder has been recalled because it may have been contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The California Department of Public Health found certain lots of the product contaminated with the bacteria. One confirmed case of Salmonella food poisoning has been associated with PDX Aromatics products. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with the brand, package weight, and lot codes at the FDA web site. The brands include Kraken Kratom, Phytoextractum, and Soul … [Read more...]

CDC Updates Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Kratom Products

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have updated the Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- outbreak linked to Kratom products. The case count now stands at 40 sickened, with 14 hospitalized. That is an increase of 12 patients since the last update on February 20, 2018. Seven more states have reported ill people: Delaware (1), Georgia (1), Minnesota (1), Missouri (1), Virginia (1), Washington (1) and Wisconsin (1). And the outbreak strain of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- was found in two samples of leftover kratom powder collected from ill persons in North Dakota and Utah. The CDC recommends that people not consume kratom in any form. Kratom is also known as Thank, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, and Biak. It is a plant consumed for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute. But no … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Kratom Products Grows to 40 Sick

The FDA is reporting that there are now 40 people in 27 states sick with Salmonella infections that are linked to products that contain kratom, a dietary supplement. Fourteen of those people have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so severe. That is an increase of 12 more people since the last update on February 20, 2018. The strain of bacteria that is causing these illnesses is Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:-. The outbreak strain has been identified in two samples of leftover kratom powder that was taken from ill persons' homes in North Dakota and Utah. Seventeen of the 24 ill persons said they consumed products made with kratom before they got sick. The case count by state is: Alabama (1), Arizona (1), California (3), Colorado (1), Delaware (1), Florida (1), Georgia (1), … [Read more...]

FDA Recalls and Destroys Kratom Products; Kratom is Associated with a Multistate Salmonella Outbreak

The FDA has said it has recalled and destroyed products made with kratom, and warns consumers that the substance can be hazardous. The supplements it has collected and destroyed were distributed nationwide under the brand names Botany Bay, Enhance Your Life, and Divinity by Divinity Products Distribution of Grain Valley, Missouri. The company has agreed to stop selling all products containing kratom.   The FDA is also encouraging all companies that sell products containing kratom to take steps to remove their products from the market and submit evidence to the FDA to evaluate them according to the regulatory pathway. Government officials are concerned about this product since the FDA has stated that 36 deaths are related to the use of the product. In addition, kratom products … [Read more...]

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