December 10, 2019

Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Kratom Sickens at Least 28 People

The FDA has been warning consumers about kratom, an ingredient used in some dietary supplements, for months. There have been reports of serious adverse events, including 36 deaths, that are associated with the use of products containing kratom. Now, the CDC has announced a multistate Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- outbreak that is linked to kratom. At least twenty-eight people in 20 states have been sickened in this outbreak, as of February 16, 2018. And eleven people have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so severe. No deaths have been reported. Kratom is a plant consumed for its stimulant effects. It is an opioid substitute. The compound is also known as Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, and Biak. The case count by state is: Alabama (1), Arizona (1), California (3), … [Read more...]

FDA Releases Information About Opioid Compounds in Kratom

The FDA released information about adverse events and scientific analysis providing evidence of opioid properties in kratom, an ingredient used in some dietary supplements. Food Poisoning Bulletin told you about a warning the FDA issued last November about this ingredient, stating that the substance is addictive and has been linked to deaths in this country. The FDA conducted a scientific analysis using a computational model developed by scientists in the agency, which provides "even stronger evidence of kratom compounds' opioid properties." More adverse events involving this product have been reported. Government officials are concerned about the use of this substance to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms. The press release states that "there is no reliable evidence to support the … [Read more...]

FDA Warns Against Harmful Effects of Kratom

The FDA is warning consumers about the risks of consuming kratom, which is an ingredient in dietary supplements that is sold as a treatment for depression, pain, and anxiety. First, those conditions are serious medical issues that should be diagnosed and managed by a licensed healthcare provider. And second, this substance can be addictive and has been linked to deaths.   Kratom is a plant that grows in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Supporters say that it's natural because it's a natural product. But it has effects similar to opioids, such as codeine and morphine, and can lead to abuse, addiction, and death. Kratom is often taken recreationally by users for euphoric effects. There is an opioid epidemic in this country, and officials say that the … [Read more...]

U.S. Marshals Seize Dietary Supplements Made with Kratom

The FDA has announced that U.S. Marshals, at the agency's request, seized almost 90,000 bottles of dietary supplements that contain kratom, a botanical substance that poses a risk to public health. This plant, whose Latin name is Mitragyna speciosa, grows in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. It is toxic to multiple organ systems. Consumption of kratom can lead to respiratory depression, vomiting, nervousness, weight loss, and constipation. It has narcotic and stimulant effects and causes withdrawal symptoms, including hostility, aggression, excessive tearing, aching of muscles and bones and jerky limb movements. The FDA issued an import alert last year to let U.S. officials detain imported dietary supplements and ingredients that contain kratom without physical … [Read more...]

U.S. Marshals Seize $5 Million of Raw Kratom

U.S. Marshals have seized more than 25,000 pounds of raw kratom material worth more than $5 million from Rosefield Management, Inc. in Van Nuys, California.  Kratom is a botanical substance native to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.  It is not approved in the U.S. for any medical use but is marketed for its opioid-like analgesic effects and in the treatment of morphine and heroin addiction. Consumption of kratom can cause health problems including respiratory depression, nervousness, agitation, aggression, sleeplessness, hallucinations, delusions, loss of libido, tremors, skin hyperpigmentation, nausea, vomiting, constipation and severe withdrawal signs and symptoms. “We have identified kratom as a botanical substance that poses a risk to public health and has the … [Read more...]

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