Most of the people sickened in the salmonella outbreak claimed to have used some form of kratom in the time leading up to their illness, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency said that at least 11 patients had symptoms so extreme that they required emergency hospitalization.
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Update: FDA Issues First Ever ‘Mandatory Recall’ for Kratom
April 3, 2018 – The U.S. FDA on Tuesday ordered the mandatory recall — the first time the agency has used its mandatory recall power for a food product — for potentially contaminated kratom produced by Triangle Pharmanaturals. The recall comes amid an ongoing nationwide outbreak of salmonella infections which have sickened at least 87 people in 35 states, according to CNN.
What’s the Problem?
No deaths have been associated with the kratom salmonella outbreak, according to the CDC, but the agency cautioned that salmonella infection (salmonellosis) can be deadly in rare cases, most often due to dehydration. Because no single brand has been implicated, CDC is recommending that consumers avoid all kratom products, including powders, teas and pills. The supplement may also be sold under names including Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom and Biak.
“At this time, CDC recommends that people not consume kratom in any form. The investigation indicates that kratom products could be contaminated with Salmonella and could make people sick,” the agency said on its website.
Signs and symptoms of salmonellosis include:
- Loss of appetite
Most symptoms begin within 12 to 72 hours of ingesting a product contaminated with the bacterium, and last from 4 to 7 days. However, it can take months for bowel habits to return to normal.
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Short-term effects (>5 grams):
- Increased energy and alertness
- Decreased appetite
- Increased sociability
- Heightened libido
At moderate to high doses (5-15 grams), effects may include:
- Analgesia (pain reduction)
- Calm, dreamlike mental state
- Cough suppression
- Reduction in symptoms of opioid withdrawal
Like its desired effects, kratom can cause a number of side effects which vary depending on the dose taken:
- Pupillary constriction (tiny pupils)
- Facial flushing (blushing)
- Tremors / loss of motor coordination
- Nausea and vomiting
Is Kratom Addictive?
Among the most serious potential risks of kratom is the possibility of dependence and addiction. Certain substances in the drug activate opiate signaling in the brain, which assists in mitigating the withdrawal symptoms of opioids. This same mechanism of action makes kratom extremely addictive, and evidence from users supports this idea.
More Kratom Recalled for Salmonella Contamination
March 26, 2018 – Tamarack Inc. is recalling Eclipse powder products because they may contain salmonella-tainted kratom, according to an FDA recall notice issued on Monday. Affected products are packaged in plastic heat sealed pouches or plastic sealed bottles, and sold in one gram capsules and powder. Distribution of an estimated 120 units were sold directly to five retailers in Utah, FDA said.
PDX Aromatics Issues 2nd Kratom Recall Over Salmonella Risk
March 23, 2018: A Portland, Oregon-based firm has announced it is expanding a prior recall for certain kratom powder and capsule products over a potential contamination with salmonella, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The expanded recall includes 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.
Do I Have a Kratom Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in kratom lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
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