Kratom Linked to Nationwide Salmonella Outbreak

Simon Moss
February 22, 2018

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded more cases of Salmonella linked to backyard poultry than ever before in 2017.

Kratom, or Mitragyna speciosa, is a plant in the coffee family that's native to Southeast Asia.

No common brands or suppliers of kratom products have been identified. In 2016, the DEA proposed a ban on kratom but backtracked under pressure from some members of Congress and outcry from kratom advocates who said it could help treat opioid addiction. A total of 28 people have been infected with salmonella across 20 states, with 11 hospitalized and no reported deaths so far. This outbreak associated with kratom-containing capsules, teas and powders, underscores the risk that harmful bacteria may contaminate these products when not subjected to manufacturing controls to eliminate that risk, in addition to the overall safety concerns for kratom itself. Eight of those11 people reported taking kratom in pills, powder or tea. "The scientific data and adverse event reports have "clearly revealed" that compounds in kratom render it more unsafe than 'just a plant'".

"Kratom is not a drug", the American Kratom Association says on its website.

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Kratom has never gained FDA approval and is largely unregulated - meaning that, as with most supplements, it's nearly impossible to verify what's actually in "kratom" pills, powders, or teas. "If they could come up with the same type of testing and policies like they have for marijuana here that fit kratom use, I think it would be a great move in the right direction of keeping it legal".

Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had found evidence of opioid compounds in kratom, and said that its own investigation, taken together with other chemical studies 'have clearly revealed, compounds in kratom make it so it isn't just a plant - it's an opioid'.

CDC stated in an announcement that epidemiologic evidence points to use of kratom, which is also known as Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, and Biak.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb also urged manufacturers to stop selling products intended for human consumption if they contain kratom. There are safe and effective, FDA-approved medical therapies available for the treatment of opioid addiction.

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