A company from Asheville, North Carolina, became the latest to recall supplements containing kratom, a herb from Southeast Asia, after government tests showed the presence of salmonella.
Pious Lion of Asheville voluntarily recalled two powdered kratom products after samples collected by a retailer's state tested positive for potentially fatal bacteria, according to a press release from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Friday night.
At least 130 people in 38 states have become sick with salmonella in kratom-containing products, including five in North Carolina and one in South Carolina, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever.
is a very serious problem, and consumers should take immediate action if they have these products in their homes. Consumers are advised to dispose of these products and are cautioned not to consume them, "Joe Reardon, deputy commissioner of the department, said in the news release.
Among the many kratom products contaminated with salmonella that are being recalled all over the country, by Pious Lion on Friday:
▪ Pious Lion Pure Premium Powerful Limited Edition Pink Bali, 1 oz
▪ Pious Lion Pure Premium Powerful White Maeng DA , Bright Uplifting Energy, 4 oz.
Products may also come in other sizes, and none contain code information, said Reardon.
Wash and disinfect the containers used to store the kratom, according to the state, To avoid cross-contamination, wash your hands and the surfaces and utensils with which you contacted the dust.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Centers s for Disease Control and Prevention and other states have been investigating Salmonella-related diseases that have been withdrawn from the market, according to the N.C.
Kratom should not be consumed, advise North Carolina and federal officials.
Kratom comes from a Southeast Asian tree. Kratom products have become increasingly popular because they fight pain and are available in stores, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, however, is considering placing katom in the same category of illegal drugs as heroin, the Tribune reported.
In February, the Food and Drug Administration cited new research that kratom has "opioid properties" and is badociated with 44 deaths, according to The Washington Post.
"We feel confident to call compounds found in kratom, opioids," said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in a statement. cited by the Post.