Kratom Likely Responsible for 28 Salmonella Infections in 20 States, CDC Says

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The CDC linked an outbreak of Salmonella infections to kratom an herbal supplement that is used as an opioid substitute. Source

22 February, 2018

It is not yet known how the popular herbal supplement could have been contaminated with salmonella, nor has the outbreak investigation identified a common brand or supplier of kratom.

Last month, the CDC sent out a warning about raw sprouts.

The CDC's announcement comes two weeks after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released detailed information about 36 people who died after taking kratom and declared that the product likely contains opioids.

Missouri has no reported cases.

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. It's also sometimes touted as a way to treat addiction to opioids.

The FDA recommends that consumers not use these or any kratom products and dispose of any products now in their possession.

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The FDA has always been skeptical of the benefits of kratom, having placed import alerts on the substance in 2012 and 2014.

According to a bulletin from the CDC, a multistate Salmonella outbreak has been traced to supplements made from the plant.

Kratom enthusiasts say it's enjoyable to use recreationally, but say it is also useful for treating withdrawal from opioid use and can be used to treat pain. The CDC has linked the incident to the controversial kratom herbal supplements, and has recommended consumers to avoid the products.

While this concern is legitimate, there is no way to know precisely how kratom does - or doesn't - work without rigorous scientific testing, which has not yet been done. Kratom has discovered a following in the United States, where there are 3 million to 5 million clients, as per the American Kratom Association.

It says kratom is illegal in Indiana, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Vermont, Arkansas, Alabama and Rhode Island, as well as some local jurisdictions including Sarasota County in Florida, San Diego and Washington, D.C.

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced a recall of dietary supplements that contain kratom, a herb the agency has classified as an opioid. There are now no FDA-approved therapeutic uses of kratom and importantly, the FDA has evidence to show that there are significant safety issues associated with its use.

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